Culture Spotlight Featuring Anthony Goss
Anthony Goss is an actor/writer from Boston, currently living in Harlem. He is the writer of the film "Good People", which screened at this year's Hip Hop Film Festival. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous off broadway theatre productions, TV episodes and independent films. He is currently writing and developing new projects that he is excited about and hitting the stage this fall. Follow him at @antgoss on instagram
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? We had a great time at this year's festival. We participated in some of the programs and cyphers.We were sure to take advantage of all the perks of the festival. The festival was jam- packed with information and opportunities to learn. We wanted to do more than screen a film, but immerse ourselves in the culture. Overall we had a good time. Can't wait to fully take advantage of the offerings next year in person when Covid is behind us.
Why are stories from the culture important? Stories matter. Period. We learn from stories and they have the power to shape perspectives, unite and change the world. Stories from the culture can have a hand in changing false narratives and opening a new lens to our multifaceted world. Our stories are as numerous as the shades of our skin and it is important that people pick up a bush and paint so we can shape how we want to be seen. When one storyteller dares to tell their story, it sets off a domino effect that encourages others to do the same and with that. We can come closer to compassion and empathy. With diverse stories, we can literally save the world.
What projects are you working on now? I'm putting the finishing touches on a new short film that we plan to get started on at the top of next year. I'm very excited about this project and it's potential. I've also begun writing/developing a few new projects in the TV/Digital space. As an actor, I'm blessed to be working on other film/TV projects and I have a few theatre shows lined up throughout the fall. Keeping focused!
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? Super important. Both provide a platform for our stories to be told at a high quality level. Harlem Film house creates opportunities for artists and supplies resources for artists to develop and market content in a competitive way. It brings awareness to stories that may be overlooked while also uniting like minded artists and celebrating the culture. Hip hop film festival is the first of its kind and it will only continue to grow and impact culture. It's more than films, more than music, more than culture, it's a lifestyle. We need to support these organizations and elevate their mission so we can elevate the culture.