Friday, March 13, 2015

Oliver Stone and Activism in Filmmaking

Producer of The Untold History of the United States gets the sorry state of the nation and uses dramatic media to light up the injustices. 
Here's the story in Movie Maker Magazine.

This is also one of our current initiatives, using dramatization in film to illuminate social and economic injustice in a way that people can relate to better than reading op-eds and listening to sound bites of speeches. 
For example, "The Suburban Itch" takes on racial profiling and how we treat each other with humor and original, Memphis hip-hop music. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

This Memphis Emcee Teaches from the College of Musical Knowledge

‘Knowledge Nick’ Breaks the Stereotype Box

With Music and ‘The Suburban Itch’ Film

So many people told “Knowledge Nick” Hicks they did not think he was from Memphis that the popular Memphis emcee wrote a song about it.

“The M” chronicles Hicks’ view of his city, “from the ‘burbs to the hood” and “blessed, from East to West” and explains that people think he is from “up North.”

“People want to put you in a box,” Hicks says. 

Knowledge Nick and his music were, therefore, a perfect match to be featured in “The Suburban Itch,” a comedy short film which attacks profiling with humor and music.   

“The M” and “Leaders of the New School,” written and performed by Hicks and Bartholomew Jones will, respectively, open and close the film.   “The Suburban Itch,” a Moore Media & Entertainment film, was shot and produced entirely in Memphis.