Culture Spotlight Featuring Joshua Meekins
Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Joshua finds his passion for connecting and sharing stories through a visual medium. He has produced “Oldhead: The Series” which has gained over 700,000 views on Youtube and has acted in “Beyond All” which was a Cannes Film Festival Short Film Selection. He grew up in Trenton, NJ and graduated from Villanova University in 2014. He plans to keep producing original content that not only engages viewers but challenges their opinions, beliefs, and points of view.
Tell us about your experience at Hip Hop Film Festival? The Hip Hop Film Festival was an amazing experience. It’s a festival that promotes and embraces urban content and creates an environment for it to be appreciated and developed. I made some great connections through the festival and the festival team still reaches out to check on our progress.
Why are stories from the culture important? Stories of culture don’t get the exposure that they deserve. When you turn on the TV or go to the movies you see the same stories over and over again. Stories of culture are the stories that viewers relate to the most as they usually share similar life experiences with their viewers. It allows for the viewers, especially the viewers of color, to be seen and represented in our media.
What projects are you working on now? At the moment my production team is working on fundraising money for a feature film titled “Dollar Party”. Dollar Party was the winner of the first Act Up Screenwriters Competition and we’ve used that momentum to get the project fundraiser ready. We are excited to see where this journey takes us and hope to have the film completed and coming soon.
Why do you think the Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important? The Harlem Film House in a necessity in the filmmaking community. It serves as a home for cultural creators. It’s a safe haven for content of color. They embrace and promote those stories that aren’t mainstream and support filmmakers who push the envelope with their narrative. The Hip Hop Film Festival is also the perfect place to highlight this content and bring all of those creators together to celebrate and improve their work.