On Friday, January 17th The Blackhouse Foundation launched our seventh year at the Sundance Film Festival with two dynamic panels, a reception and a party.
The day began with a “Cues & Hues: How Music Helps Define The Black Film Experience.” The panel explored how music brings film to life. Whether it’s the core subject or just the critical element that underlies the story, music is key to the telling of an amazing story. The panel featured filmmakers and song masters behind the most melodious Black films in the festival, the panel explored the process of building stories around musical subjects and forming the soundtracks that tell the most powerful tales.
Panelists: Brett Dismuke, SVP of Acquisitions at One Village Entertainment, a division of Image Entertainment, Music producer Jonathan McHugh, and artist/composer Vernon Reid. The panel was moderated by music industry veteran, Barry Cole.
Later, The Blackhouse hosted a panel with VH1 discussing their Rock Doc Series “The Making of The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip-Hop, How A Book Went From the Shelves to the Screen” with panelists Steve Stoute (author, CEO of Translation), Billy Corben (Director, Filmmaker), Brad Abramson (VP, VH1 Production & Programming), Keith Clinkscales (CEO, REVOLT Media & TV). Moderated by Lisa Cortés (Owner, Cortés Films)
The discussion centered on the book The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy by former Interscope Records president and internationally acclaimed marketing maven Steve Stoute. The four-part docu-series is a thorough examination of hip-hop as a pop cultural movement, whose profound influence eventually paved the way for the election of Barack Obama.
It features candid interviews with Dr. Dre, Ron Howard, Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, Rick Rubin and more, the story of hip-hop unfolds – going from urban counterculture to permeating almost every aspect of American life: the music we listen to, the fashion we wear, the cars we drive and the television shows and films we watch. It’s done more to erase perceptions about racial distinctions for the generations that grew up exposed to it than any other force since the Civil Rights Movement. There’s now a whole generation of Americans who grew up immersed in this culture who are, for all intents and purposes, colorblind. This is the true story of that evolution.
Later, the Blackhouse hosted a post panel reception where guests enjoyed mingling with our “Tanning…” panelists.
The last event of the evening, “Blackhouse Opening Night Event with DJ B-Hen featuring “Meet the Filmmakers” – Through A Lens Darkly supported by Black Public Media” wrapped up an eventful and amazing Day 1 at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
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