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Culture Spotlight Featuring Hashmiru Sesay

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

A former registered nurse turned filmmaker, Hash Sesay is fluent in the art of motion picture storytelling whose passions include writing, directing, and curating visuals for music. He puts his skills and innovation at the forefront of his work to effectively communicate ideas and connect with various audiences. He completed his BFA in Film and Video Production from The City College of New York and is currently pursuing his MFA in Producing at the Fierstein School of Cinema in Brooklyn, New York. His short film Max Fish screened at multiple festivals across the U.S. and he is now working on a web series he and his team plan to develop into a mini series made for television.

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival. Unfortunately I was unable to attend in person but I love how they used their resources to keep the show going virtually. It was cool to be updated on the events of the film community and all the others involved in the HHFF. So with that being said and all things considered I was honored to have my work featured in this super dope film festival.

Why are stories from the culture important? Stories ARE culture. We understand and are understood mainly through the stories we tell and hear. The medium of film uses all aspects of creativity to help inform, entertain, and actualize emotions like no other craft and that is why it is such an important component to every culture around the world.

What projects are you working on now? Other than a couple of music videos coming down the pipeline, I am currently working on a digital web series named Moments of Clarity, which will serve as proof of concept for a television series Johari’s Window, a half-hour anthology composed of sharp, suspenseful, satirical stand-alone dramedies that focus on uniquely absurd characters who are all played by Greg “Klarity” Davis.

Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important because they offer like minded artists that represent urban culture to connect within a community and a platform to display their art to a wider audience. It is crucial that creators from all disciplines champion these initiatives so that doors may continue to open and the world can witness the extent of our creative vision.

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