Culture Spotlight Featuring Malcolm Boyd
Actor/Director/Writer MalcolmBoyd published his first novel, “One Way In NoWay Out,” in 2017-the first in his fiction trilogy. Next came, “Man In TheMiddle,” and the third book “Goodnight, Bad Day”is being released late Summer 2022. Mr. Boyd has also had his short stage plays presented as well: “Vacation Fun” at The New York City’s Theater for the New City, and “Look At Me”,in the 1st season ofJamaica Center for Arts & Learning’s “Meet The Playwright”series; another comedy, “Six Ways to Sunday”,in The New York Theater Festival’s
‘Summerfest’, as well as the[Queens]Secret Theater’s ShortPlay Competition.He was also honored at the Softies Short Film Awards with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor from his role in “Dre,” and is currently filming episodes of“OneWay In...”, which has just won the 2022 San Francisco ShortFilm Awards for Best Ensemble Cast.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? I truly enjoyed being part of this. I'm what you could consider a festival virgin. This is my first "Real" festival. The only thing that would have made it better was if my project won, but I shall return next year. The Hip Hop festival was very well presented and professionally done. I watched some outstanding films, and met a lot of very talented filmmakers. I learned a lot about the meta verse, something I was totally in the dark about until attending .
Why are stories from the culture important? I appreciate the chance to tell "our stories" from our point of view, which I feel is the most important aspect of the Hip Hop festival. So many times we watch films about our communities that just don't ring true, and nine times out of ten that's because they are being told by someone that has no connection or experience with people of color.
What projects are you working on now? My project "One Way In No Way Out" is episodic so I'm continuing to push this project towards network television or a streaming platform. I'm also for the first time acting in a film I'm directing called "Halfway Home". We plan on submitting this film next year as well.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? Like I said before, the biggest impact of the Hip Hop festival is the chance for our community to present its work to our community, by our community and from our community. There is so much more I would like to say but I don't want to ramble on , besides I have to save the good stuff for when you reach out to me.