Here is a teaser for an upcoming full length documentary I am working on titled A Walk Through Fort Greene co-directed by Nelson George & Diane Paragas. This documentary highlights the community of artist that resided and collaborated in Fort Greene during the 80′s & 90′s. Filmmaker Spike Lee, comic Chris Rock, actress Rosie Perez, rap star Talib Kweli, visual artist Lorna Simpson, jazzman Branford Marsalis, rock guitarist Vernon Reid, and poet/rocker Saul Williams are just a sampling of the Fort Greene artists featured in this film.
I first saw the teaser for this film on Hypebeast about a month back. My initial thought was why wasn’t this done already? Growing up in East Flatbush Brooklyn I always held a fascination for the aesthetic beauty and the bohemian cool vibe that Fort Greene held over the rest of the borough. When I got an email from Nelson a few days after seeing the trailer asking me if I can work with them on the edit, I was thrilled to say the least. I am a die-hard documentary junkie, and after working on this for countless hours I have to say that it has exceeded my expectations. The legendary parties by Spike Lee and Wesley Snipes, the collaborations born out of chance meetings, the then unknown artist making their first steps to iconic status, it is an incredible documentary and I can’t wait for you to see it.
My dad a NYC taxi driver for over 35 years who loves his work has a favorite quote, ‘Find something you love to do, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ That is how I feel about working on this film. I will keep you updated on our progress and maybe with permission from Nelson post more teasers on this blog, in the meantime check out the trailer posted below.
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