Do you believe in Angels? Well, the beginning of a 10 day film tour is a heavenly privilege, thanks to the Mid Atlantic Arts foundation’s support. The flight from New York to The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk was a breeze.
On my way my phone was about to run out of battery – thanks to the airport staff, I was able to charge my phone just enough to use the GPS to get me to The Page House Inn, where I was greeted by friendly staff.
My suite is The Suite Diane – only a 2 minute walk to the Chrysler Museum where the documentary was successfully screened.
I, with the help of the Chrysler’s Special Events and Theatre Coordinator, Donna Bradshaw, was able to set up Klaus Schneyder, Director on Skype on the big screen for the Q&A after the showing of the documentary – the museum staff (including Jennifer Schero, Museum Educator for School Programs) were thrilled with this, technology capability, as they have never done this before. The audience were happy to be able to speak to a director, live in Germany.
The documentary was received with laughter and intrigue on how the art of Beatboxing has influenced people around the world. It inspired questions which lead to how this music has influenced the unity of music lovers universally. From the depth of poverty to a world wide phenomenon questioning it’s commercial success to voice for social justice. Put forward well by Ernest Morrell and Jeffery Duncan Andrade, Academics – “Hip Hop texts are rich in imagery and metaphor and can be used to teach irony, tone, diction and point of view. Both Grand Master Flash and T.S. Elliot gazed out into their rapidly deteriorating Societies and saw a ‘wasteland’. Both poets were essentially apocalyptic in nature as they witnessed death, disease, and decay.” Hip Hop gives a voice to the hopes and angers for a generation’.
The lack of resources in impoverished areas such as Bronx, New York which is where this art form began, forced people to use very basic tools to create. Beatboxing has evolved to influencing the youth culture, connecting on a musical level, a form of expression, a universal language to express political views.
Hence the 5th. Element of Hip Hop, called Beatboxing. Revloved around a culture of protest and freedom of expression in the wake of oppression suffered by African-Americans. This art form helped to reduce inner-citi gang violence by replacint violence with Hip Hop battles of Dance and Art Work and inspired Conventions for Hip Hop artists to perform.
Post by Angela Viscido, OSIP Touring Filmmaker
Photos provided by the filmmaker