Culture Spotlight Featuring Keiron W Greaves
Keiron W Greaves MD is double board certified in the specialties of Anesthesiology and also Pain Management. Keiron attended college at Long Island University in Brooklyn and medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson MS in Piscataway, New Jersey. Keiron currently works as a Pain Management physician in Monmouth County New Jersey.
Keiron has always had a love of film and storytelling. When the opportunity arose to be involved in the creation of the film “Legendary” he couldn’t pass it up. He thought it was a story worth telling. The story of a young man trying to pursue his dream of becoming a hip hop artist but struggles with holding on to his family. “Legendary” has been Keiron’s initial foray into filmmaking. He has worked with some very talented actors on this project and enjoyed the process.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival. The Hip Hop film festival was my first festival as a filmmaker. CR Capers energy is infectious. She gets you excited about the possibilities that are available for filmmakers from the culture. The festival gives you an opportunity to network with other filmmakers, pitch your project to industry folks and of course have a watch party. I was able to learn a lot about the industry with the cyphers and of course listen to some great music at the end of the day.
Why are stories from the culture important? Stories from the culture are hugely important, no one can tell our truths. We have to tell our truths. There is freedom in telling of your experiences and the experiences of others in the culture. The experiences can be vastly different but still linked by a common thread. Additionally and secondarily the enlightenment of others. Equally as important to inspire younger storytellers from the culture.
What projects are you working on now? I have a couple projects in discussion but not currently working on anything.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? Harlem is historically significant for music, for vibrance, for hip. Where the who's who of the culture either got their start or groomed their craft and celebrated blackness. Having the HHFF and the Harlem Film House enables us to carry on that tradition of giving filmmakers or artist a platform to show their films, tell their stories and celebrate their culture. Hopefully some industry executive finds their stories also worth celebrating.