Where We're From: Rise Of L.A. Underground Hip Hop
WHERE WE'RE FROM captures the rise of underground Hip Hop in Los Angeles during the 90s and 2000s told through Elements, a group of four friends that promoted a weekly club that honored the "elements of Hip Hop" - MCing, DJing, dance, and graffiti art. Part of a generation that found community and refuge through Hip Hop, Elements' audiences returned week after week because they knew they would witness craft and skill, something that at the time was getting lost with the injection of cash and promotion of negative stereotypes into Hip Hop culture by major record labels and commercial media outlets.
A hip-hop musical fantasia, My Name Is Myeisha chronicles the life of a young black woman in California's Inland Empire. Set in 1998, Myeisha Jackson (screen newcomer Rhaechyl Walker) vividly recounts the events of her a life leading to a fateful encounter with local police. Based on the internationally acclaimed, NAACP-award-winning stage play Dreamscape by Rickerby Hinds and anchored by extraordinary performances from Walker and John "Faahz" Merchant, My Name Is Myeisha is a profoundly moving story of self-discovery and the moments that make us who we are.
In the slum of CitÈ Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five major gang leaders were controlling heavily armed young men; the ChimÈres. The Secret army of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. "Ghosts of CitÈ Soleil" is a film about Billy and Haitian 2pac. Two brothers. Gang Leaders of the ChimÈres.
"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Both a social justice story and a personally driven narrative, the film chronicles this capital case from 1984 through 2004. With exclusive footage from two decades, the film frames the judicial and emotional response to a chilling crime - and the implications that reverberate from Hunt's conviction - against a backdrop of class and racial bias in the South and in the American criminal justice system. This documentary is the culmination of ten years of research and filming.