Culture Spotlight Featuring Brittney Reagler London
Brittney R. London is a Dallas, TX native and the middle child of five. Brittney is a multi-hyphenate creative that has worked across film, theatre, and New Media mediums. She's worked as an actor, script consultant, a teaching Artist, a children's theatre director and newly a writer in cities like Cape Town, South Africa, Beijing, China-including regional theaters across the country. The short film Duvar was Brittney's directorial debut.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? An interesting whirlwind of resources, opportunities and networking that I doubt we would have experienced outside of this festival. The team was able to pivot in this new hybrid virtual world providing resources like the HFH Metaverse that we haven't really seen at any other festival.
Why are stories from the culture important? Storytelling is what connects us to our humanity so it's imperative to see ourselves depicted in our own natural way. Stories for our culture links us to our past, provides glimpses into the future while giving us space to fully be emotionally, spiritually and physically present. I think that if you were blessed with the gift to tell stories, you absolutely should!
What projects are you working on now? Currently, I'm adapting my short film Duvar into an episodic series that depicts stories of true life under reported cases from the family's perspective. I've also started a non-profit that bridges relationships with incarcerated individuals with their families and to other resources using art and art therapy techniques. This fall, I'll be producing the short thriller Hi Doll in LA.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? The platform HHFF provides is unmatched! After this festival, I feel like that little girl from Texas is that much closer to her dreams of making a difference while seeing her name in lights. It’s an amazing opportunity and I'm honored by it.