Harlem Film House
Culture Spotlight Featuring Kay The Kreator
Kay the Kreator is a dynamic Cinematographer with a style that easily appeals to the eye. Learning early in her career, the concepts of photography, she applied those same theories to her video making, such as shaping light and perfecting the composition. Kreator thoroughly enjoys working as a Cinematographer and aims to create visuals with meaning. Kreator has been working as a Professional Cinematographer since 2012 but has been operating under her company The Gold Standard Productions since 2016. One year later, she teamed up with Director Yucef Mayes to create her first short film Zahra and The Oil Man, which went on to win multiple awards globally and received recognition from many festivals including The American Black Film Festival, The Bronze Lens Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard FF and The Pan African FF to name a few. In addition, ZAOM was featured on ABC & CBS as part of the African American Short Films series.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? The Hip Hop Festival is essential to moving the culture forward in Harlem and all over the world. Our stories and experiences must be told. I have attended the Hip Hop Film festival in the past but this is the first time that I am part of it and I am thrilled for the opportunity. The experience so far has been great.
Why are stories from the culture important? Experiences from the culture are what make up what is popular. Our style and swag influence the world. We are talented, we are entertaining, we are raw and all of those things make up why we are so essential. Black stories matter.
What projects are you working on now? I’m working on wrapping up a documentary currently that highlights an artist community that completed a 9000 square foot Black Lives Matter mural in East Orange, NJ and I’m preparing to start developing my next film. Additionally, I completed two films this summer which have been submitted to Sundance.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? I think that the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important because they are dedicated to representing an integral part of our culture that needs to properly be managed, documented, and preserved. They give an outlet and boundless opportunities to upcoming and established filmmakers and artists alike. It’s also important because it brings so many people together that have a love and appreciation for the arts.