2 Weeks Left For Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Film Festival



May 15, 2007 – New York, NY – Celebrating five years of Hip-Hop Cinema, Education, Art and Culture, the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival (H2OIFF) will showcase the best of Hip-Hop Cinema. A limited amount of $50 festival all-access passes for non –profit will go on sale today!  

Taking place from May 28, 2007 – June 17, 2007 at the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City and other venues throughout New York City, H2OIFF will screen over 80 films that include documentaries, narratives, music videos, and trailers from around the world.  

Hip-Hop Aficionados will have a chance to engage in riveting, thought-provoking panel discussions with over 50 avant guarde filmmakers, industry experts, community leaders, and historians. There will be full days devoted to the youth, women, social justice, Hip-Hop history, and the craft of filmmaking and self-distribution. Dozens of companies and organizations will participate, from Chuck D Mobile to the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.  Esteemed panelists and moderators include Rosa Clemente, Glenn Toby, Felicia Palmer, Jamal Joseph, Davey D, Leba Haber, Minister Server, Cristina Veran, Hezues R, Sharese Bullock, Lance Feurtado, Grouchy Greg, Lathan Hodge, and Monifa Bandele.

The festival is set to begin on May 28th with a special pre-launch screening of Rock the Bells and an after-party hosted by Bobbito Garcia at the APT.  From May 31-June 17, the movie line-up will include: Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang, I Love Hip-Hop in Morocco, Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Bling: A Planet Rock, Waters Rising, Wholetrain, The Art of Love and Struggle, La Bruja:The Witch From the Bronx , Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word, Holy Hip-Hop, and Bigger Than Hip-Hop.

The festival concludes with the Odyssey Awards extravaganza hosted by Power 105’s Ed Lover and legendary Comedian, Paul Mooney. Sponsored by QD3 Entertainment, World Up!, Lyrics To Go, AllHiphop.com and Powerhouse Books. Some of this year’s honorees include the Crash Crew, Cold Crush, Public Enemy, Ralph McDaniels, Charlie Ahearn, Ernest Dickerson, Grand Wizard Theodore, Sandra “Lady Pink” Fabara, Ice T, and the First Lady of Hip-Hop, Cindy Campbell.  Two exclusive Pre-Odyssey Awards filmmaker’s reception will take place to honor pioneers Iris Morales,Kathleen Cleaver, Founder of the Black Panther Film Festival, as well as the late Ted Demme, co-creator of Yo! MTV Raps.

The festival welcomes back the NY State Council on the Arts, the Ford Foundation, Film Blitz, BOE Laboratory, Zipcar and BET J as Supporting Sponsors.

The Panel Sponsors include: MXGM, Zulu Nation, Federation for the Preservation of Hip-Hop Culture, Temple of Hip-Hop, Third World Newsreel, Video Music Box, Breakthrough.tv, The Ave Magazine, SOHH/FreshFlixxx, Urban Word NYC, Listen Up!, African American Women In Cinema, NY Women In Film & Television, Chica Luna, and Sister Outsider.

The Media Sponsors are: ImaginAsian TV, Latin Nation TV, Ol’ Soul, Candy Store Marketing Group, Video Music Box, and Allhiphop.com.

For more info on the 5th Annual H2O International Film Festival, including information films, events and tickets sales, please visit us online at http://www.h2oiff.org/.

About the 5th Annual H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival
As the largest Hip-Hop film festival in the world, the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival provides a platform for filmmakers to showcase and define the variety of images that depict Hip-Hop culture and its communities. This year’s theme “THE WORLD IS YOURS!” highlights the Hip-Hop community of the early/mid 90’s; a time when youth in the community began demanding money, power, and respect.

About the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] Media Initiative

Social Awareness Through Media! H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] is the media initiative of the Hip-Hop Association. With programming like the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival, the Freshest Youth Program, the ODYSSEY Awards, and Defuse News, its mission is to support the use of Hip-Hop culture as a tool for social awareness and youth empowerment. For more information on films, please visit http://www.h2oiff.org.

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