Breaking Convention is delighted to welcome Dick Fontaine, the director of 'Beat This: A Hip Hop History' to take questions after the screening. Dick Fontaine was a founder member of Granada Television's groundbreaking 'World in Action' series and has made two films on early hip hop culture as well as many films on black music and musicians including Sonny Rollins, Marvin Gaye and Art Blakey. He is currently Head of Documentary Direction at the National Film and Television School. 'Beat This: A Hip Hop History' will be accompanied by a selection of short films from the touring programme of the Fresh Styles Film Festival. These include:
Humourous and inventive digital short in which Normski travels to New York to find the holy grail of trainers, only to have them stepped on on the subway.
Redder Than Red
Documentary about the Hanifa 'Queen' Hudson, AKA Bubbles, one of the first female breakers worldwide to break into the male-dominated art form. She danced with legendary crew 'The B-Boys' outta Wolverhampton and one of the film's highlights is the reunion of the crew, as they dance together for the first time in over 20 years.
Bling: Consequences and Repercussions
Acclaimed hard-hitting documentary narrated by Chuck D of Public Enemy examing the dark underside of U.S. hip hop's passion for 'bling' - the human impact that the trade in conflict diamonds has on the population of war-torn Sierra Leone.
Thursday 27th April
Studio Theatre, Sadler's Wells
Fresh Styles is the UK's first ever film festival devoted to hip hop culture. Fresh Styles is committed to showing the best features, documentaries, shorts and music videos on this hip hop planet. It is an organisation that promotes access to cinema for marginalised filmmakers and audiences and also aims to open up the amazing vibrancy of hip hop culture to a non-hip hop audience. They are touring the UK with a selection of films during 2006 before the main festival event in Brighton in November. For more information, or to sign up for updates, please visit www.bhhf.org/freshstyles