Culture Spotlight Featuring LaVarro Jones
Born and raised in Detroit, MI. LaVarro Jones always knew he'd be a filmmaker. His appetite for tv and film was insatiable. As the years went by his passion for telling stories that entertain, educate, and inspire -- grew. Currently through his production company "LaVarro Productions" he writes, directs, and edits multi-genre content for film, television, and the web.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? I had an interesting experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival. This was my first virtual festival so, it was a big adjustment for me. I think the HHFF did a good job given the circumstances. There were mishaps but whenever I voiced a concern I felt heard and there was an effort to resolve the issue. I'm looking forward to participating again and really look forward to participating in person
Why are stories from the culture important? Stories from the culture are important because if we don't tell our stories someone else will and if someone else does it, it will likely be wrong, but these days it will be looked at as truth.
What projects are you working on now? Now my main focus is getting the feature-length version of "Fade" made. We are planning to shoot that in April. I also am forever developing projects through my studio LaVarroPro. We just shot a short film last week and we have three other feature Ideas we are writing as well as some shorts coming up. We are also editing an explainer show for Netflix and a Music show for YouTube Originals.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? HFF and HHFF are important because they offer a space that displays our culture. They look to demystify the world of filmmaking. I know a few people from the culture who believed they could be filmmakers after an experience with HFF.