Culture Spotlight Featuring Kar Logan
Kar Logan is an actor, writer and filmmaker from PG County Maryland. Having moved to NYC he has gone on to writing and producing for Situationships on BET and creating the spinoff Wingmen on KweliTV. As an actor he continues to make his own lane by creating roles for himself; as a filmmaker he is always finding ways to reinvent and spin narratives to help shape the art of storytelling.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? This year was fairly interesting as there were a lot of changes to keep up with the COVID crisis. The move to digital/virtual events was new and took some navigating to get around, but the opportunity it created to connect with new and familiar filmmakers to discuss their art made it worthwhile.
Why are stories from the culture important? It's not so much one culture we need to hear stories from, it's many cultures. Many different diasporas exist with different outlooks and perspectives and I think it is important to have a home or hub for these different people that look like us so we can all learn more about ourselves. And sometimes it's not even about learning, it's about just being able to share an idea that's been beating in your brain; the expression of creativity from us is what's most important.
What projects are you working on now? Currently I am working on a TV pilot for a music series set in the 80s, and more recently I have produced a romantic comedy set in DC as well as a teaser for a short period piece I am involved in about the detainment of Japanese Americans in the 40s. And of course, more Damsels content!
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? It's important we have places that recognize us and act as safe havens for our creativity and imagination. Whether it's the Harlem Film House or wherever, if you build it they will come. So we need more buildings.