Hello and welcome to this week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood! This week I interviewed @hollywoodk_
- Tell me a little about yourself: ” I’m a born and raised New Yorker, but I also used to spend a lot of time on the west coast with my Grandmother in Long Beach California.”
2. What made you get into making movies?
“Well I always loved watching action and horror movies since I was a child, renting from Blockbuster and watching movie marathons on TV. But what got me interested in being a part of creating films was watching my mother. My mom worked in the TV/Film industry in the 90’s and early 00’s and she was my first example of seeing someone actually being a part of the process of creating the things I saw on the big screen. As I grew more and more interested in film I was given a Sony Camcorder on my 12th birthday. I then convinced some of my friends who had realistic airsoft guns to make a black and white mafia movie with me, we all got our church suits and did our best rendition of Reservoir Dogs (we were all like 12). After that I just caught the filmmakers bug, I continued to learn new things and perfect my craft and now I’m here.”
3. Can you talk a bit about your short that is coming out in August?
“My short that’s being premiered on 247films.tv through the 2021 Hip Hop Film Festival is called “A Bittersweet Picture”. The film is about a young frustrated actor trying to break into Hollywood but is pulled between what he deems necessary for success and the ideals of his militant conspiracy theorist father. I came up with the script idea a few years ago, when it seemed like the curtain was being pulled on what goes on behind the scenes in the film industry, it’s not as glamorous as we all thought growing up and I wanted to create something that mirrored that. The film is very much inspired by David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive with a touch of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. “
4. If you had to make a summer movie list 2021 to watch: What would be your top four movies on that list and why?
” I can’t lie, I haven’t seen a brand new movie in a while but I can recommend a few older ones I’ve checked out. With the latest one being “The Lighthouse” a great atmospheric psychological horror movie, even a little funny at times too. “Uncut Gems” was another good kind of crime/drama film, it reminded me of “Bad Lieutenant” with Harvey Keitel (Damn the Nicholas Cage remake) which is another one of my favorite movies. Also “Bad Trip” by Eric Andre was hilarious, and I loved the way they made a narrative out of a prank movie.”
5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?
“Yes I do, I’m also working on my merchandise that’s inspired by the Underground Film scene coming soon. Fashion is just as important in a film then anything, a lot of the classics that we remember we never forget what they were wearing Spike Lee and his jordans in “Do The Right Thing” Bruce Lee with his yellow jumpsuit in “Game of Death” and the classic suits in “Reservoir Dogs”. I wanted to make a clothing line that was a love letter to the underground film scene.”
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