A Conference to Celebrate & Elevate the Power of Hip Hop at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Film and photography have long played a critical role in documenting and disseminating hip hop culture—from the photography of Jamel Shabazz to music videos like Run DMC’s “Walk This Way” to movies like Beat Street. Today, artists use visual mediums to blur the lines between fine art and street art, proving that the two are not mutually exclusive.
Presenters in this track will be screening short films, engaging in panel discussions, and discussing how Hip Hop has MOVED their visual media careers.
MOVING PICTURES PRESENTERS
Writer & Filmmaker
April Dobbins is a writer and filmmaker based in Miami. Her work has been supported by Sundance Institute, ITVS, and Firelight Media, among others. She is a graduate student in Harvard's Arts in Education program.
Writer & Director
A Southern California native, I’ve found peace amidst the chaos of New York for the past decade. I made my directorial debut with two music videos which have amassed over 20M views worldwide. Since then I have expanded into the short film realm. Telling stories about the people, places, and spaces I value.
Executive Director for FlickHouse Studios
Jose Navas is a writer, director born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami.He studied film at the Miami International University of Arts and Design before founding the production company FlickHouse Studios.
Dorian Emerson Munroe is a first-generation Miami creative who was born to Caribbean parents who migrated from Guyana, South America. After working on shows for networks such as MTV, VH1 and VICE, he shot, directed and edited his 2018 debut feature film American Town (2018), followed by These Kids This City (2019) and the short film Negros (Mountainfilm 2021).
Dami Rock is an award winning documentary filmmaker and Investigative Journalist and has directed projects in Europe, Africa and the Americas. She tells stories that intersect around identity, social change and culture, with a focus on the intimate parts of life unfolding through gender, race and history.
Born and raised in NYC during the 80's, I grew up with the culture of hip hop. I gained an opportunity to express my talents and love for hip hop culture as a writer. It was during the mid 90's where I was fortunate to interview a string of artists from Nas to Notorious B.I.G., before pursuing film.