Culture Spotlight Featuring Michael Day
Mike Day, raised in Little Rock, Arkansas ,uses his upbringing as motivation to embody Black cinema. Day discovered his passion for film while focusing on Broadcast Journalism and African American studies at the University of Arkansas. Day founded DAYVISION in 2015 and has since created short films, commercials for small businesses, multiple YouTubeseries, and music videos. Day looks to create a platform for Black actors and filmmakers in the state of Arkansas, allowing future generations to dream outside of the environment while learning the history of African Americans in film.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? I had an awesome experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival. I started virtually, being able to watch movies that were for Black people, by Black people. Seeing perspectives from other artists really challenged me as a filmmaker and motivated me to continue. When I arrived in person, people showed so much love. Being from Arkansas, there aren't many Black filmmakers so to see us all in one room was amazing. I look forward to next year.
Why are stories from the culture important?Stories from the culture are extremely important. Stories from the culture, by the culture, are even more important and I think the Hip Hop Film Festival does an excellent job on making sure that happens. Oftentimes, there is a narrative created by people who aren't a part of this culture and it's up to us to ensure that our story is told our way.
What projects are you working on now?Currently, I am finishing up a web series titled, DAYVISION Films Presents: The Sextons. The series focuses on a married couple, looking to find the spark in their marriage after changes in their career field and adding one to the family. The purpose of the film is to address parental depression in men. I chose to create this series in hope men discuss their depression after becoming a father.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important?
I believe the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important because they do what very few film festivals can do, and that's bring the culture together. Harlem is considered the Black capital in America to some and after attending in-person, I know why. Embracing the culture motivates Black filmmakers to continue thriving in a field as we continue to make room for the future. I thank the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival for their platform.