Harlem Film House
Culture Spotlight Featuring A'ndre Davis
A’ndre Davis is an actor/singer/writer/director/producer from Newark, NJ. In addition to opening for some of the best in R&B music(including Patti Labelle, Tank, & Jaheim), A’ndre is also the writer/director, producer of the stage plays“The BreakDown”,“Is This What We Paid For”, andThe #1Urban Stageplay``Man Of The House”. Similar to the plays, his first short film“Attacked From All Angles' 'tells a story from an urban lens meant to inspire thought, evoke emotion, and educate.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? Being a first time film-maker, this was my 1st (in person) experience as a producer in a festival. I honestly had no idea what to expect. The love and professionalism from the staff to attendees was there from the beginning and carried throughout. Everything was put together very well.
Why are stories from the culture important? Our stories/experiences are so vast and too many times we are limited to one or two aspects of our culture. It is necessary to highlight all of what makes us, us. The festival did a great job of doing just that.
What projects are you working on now? I am in post-production for my second short film, "The BreakDown". This is a film adaptation of a one act stage play I created to highlight how the break down in the home between parents and children are a direct catalyst to the kids falling susceptible to issues such as bullying, gang violence, and substance abuse . I am also producing my stage play "Man Of The House" at the SOHO Playhouse in NYC for the entire month of October 2022 in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. "Man Of The House" tackles Domestic Abuse where the man is the victim as opposed to the abuser.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? Not just important, but necessary. A platform to highlight stories from us, by us, for all. This festival highlighted the uniqueness and brilliance of our people. I was honored to be apart after watching the film selections. These stories made you want to laugh, made you feel, and made you think. There are not many platforms for indie and established filmmakers alike to create stories from the culture and have their work celebrated. This is one of them. In addition, listening to some of the feedback from the founder of the festival, C.R. seems to really be about networking and helping you get connected with people who can take your project(s) to the next level.