• Armiel Chandler

Culture Spotlight Featuring Gregg DaCosta


Gregg DaCosta is an established Writer, Actor, Producer, and Director. His efforts are unmatched with resilience in pushing forward on his journey to tell the world his many stories through film.  As a motivated and passionate storyteller, he's always looking for new challenges and opportunities. His passion for the arts started at a young age, and he has grown to become a skilled, and recognized Filmmaker.






Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? My experience with Hip Hop Film Festival was in 2019 when I got selected for my short film, Control. Control was about gun control that doesn’t become a problem until it hits home once the owner of a firearms store faces the barrel of his own gun. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend at the time, but I did hear from another member who showed up that it was a good screening.


Why are stories from the culture important? Stories from the culture are so important because they show so many things that happen to us to let people know that we hear and see you. It shows that just because this world is so big the events that happen to us are really small and if it’s happening to you it may be happening to someone else. The stories from the culture also help others that are unaware of situations that happen either in their own state or just community in general.


What projects are you working on now? Currently, I’m working on a few projects at the moment, but one of the projects I’m working on that was submitted to Hip Hop Film Festival is my digital series Therapy. Therapy is about A young, black therapist who uses an unconventional method of therapy in assisting his clients. Through doing so, he rediscovers a deeply repressed traumatic event in his own past, and he too will have to find a way to heal.


Why do you think the Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important?

I feel like it’s important because it gives a lot of filmmakers of color like myself a home. It gives us a platform where our voices could be heard and stories can be told. Not many film festivals understand the culture or even really want to, Hip Hop Film Festival gives the artist a chance to show the world culture which will help other festivals to understand that what we talk about is just as important and we are just as creative.

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