Culture Spotlight Featuring Jonathan Green
Jonathan Garrett Green is a community advocate, who engages in matters of human and civil rights to achieve equality. He has experience in social services, mediation, education, and social justice. In addition to his current role as Lead Community Media to the estate agency in civil rights, J. Green has a vision to eliminate oppression by utilizing his past traumas to empower his work and others to be resilient advocates. This vision came to fruition through his documentary; A Beautiful Struggle: The Man & The Madness, based on the autobiography of his life.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival?
The Hip-Hop Film Festival gives new creators and opportunity and space to display their work and build upon further, future success.
Why are stories from the culture important?
Stories from the culture are important to give different perspectives on life, from the lens of another person you may never come into contact with; or a person you may see everyday and not realize the extent of life in which they have experienced.
What projects are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on a future drama titled “Born to Die.” This film will be based on a true story of resilience after a course of mental disorder and police brutality.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important?
The future is very promising because creatives have the opportunity to enhance advocacy through art, in a way to open doors and break glass ceilings in spaces previously disregarded for Persons of Color, particularly Black people, while being inclusive of everyone.