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Culture Spotlight Featuring Antoinette Fernandez

Born in Boston Massachusetts Toni Fernandez discovered writing and filming as a tool to express her emotions. The reaction she would receive from writing and filming music videos would soon lead her to writing and directing her most anticipated project to date (Still Got The Juice) A Film Series based in the 90s when fashion and music told the stories of our lives . Toni released a visual teaser of (Still Got The Juice ) in September of 2017 accumulating almost 70,000 NON PAID views in one month . Toni realized the buzz she created needed guidance. She took her talents to New York where she met C R CAPERS the CEO and Founder of the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC in Harlem. C R Capers took Toni under her wing and continues to guide her to create the best quality project to present to the world. Toni’s accomplishments include ...

Winning the Bosschick Competition in June of 2018 at the Harlem Film House.

Selected as a (Semifinalist) in the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC 2018 for the (Screen Writers Competition ).

Selected as a (Finalist) in the 2019 Hip Hop Film Festival NYC (Screen Writers Competition).

With Toni Fernandez impressing all the judges with a performance she’d written and performed with her cast, she walked away with countless opportunities.

Still Got The Juice was Featured on with a write up on the HIp Hop Festival NYC in August 2019 as the Top 3 Best of the Fest Nominees for the Screen Writers competition

Tell us about your experience at Hip Hop Film Festival? For me the Hip Hop Film Festival helped me grow tremendously as a Writer, Director, Filmmaker and Business Woman. I started my own company in 2017 after taking The Boss Chick University course , I went from being a Semifinalist in 2018 to a Finalist in the screen writers competition in 2019... walking out with some amazing opportunities.

Why are stories from the culture important? Stories from the culture are very important . No matter the country we are from nor the language we speak .. OUR stories MATTER Our stories from the culture help change the narratives that are so desperately in need of CHANGE. That is why it’s so important to me.

What projects are you working on now? I am currently working on a 90s Tv Series called Still Got The Juice which has gained the interest of some great industry professionals .

As well as Documentary entitled

“The Word Is Out” The introduction 2 Still Got The Juice .And a heart felt story about my sister who passed away called “When I knew You”

Why do you think the Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important? The Harlem Film House and the Hip Hop Festival provides not just a platform for filmmakers , writers or actors like myself to showcase their talent.. but it also provides year round learning tools on how to pitch your film, market your film . become a better writer /actor by Utilizing ACT UP and the many tools to prepare yourself for the very industry many fall so short of entering because they are not properly prepared. No other festival has come close to what this festival provides all year round for their filmmakers.

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