• Harlem Film House

Culture Spotlight Featuring Shanel Charles


Shanel Charles is an up-and-coming film director from Elmont, New York. Shanel worked professionally in Post Production for the last few years. Shanel has been credited on projects streaming on Netflix, HBO, and NBC. Earlier this year, Shanel released a web series titled “After the Party” on Youtube along with a popular interactive card game, also based on the series. In the future, Shanel hopes to continue writing and directing relatable black mumblecore stories.



Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? I had a good experience at the hip-hop festival. I got to attend virtual events, which were fun and very informative.


Why are stories from the culture important? I think they are important because I don’t think they’re not enough storytellers of color. They are familiar with their culture and working films television and professionally in the close department. The majority of the showrunners that I have to work for are not from the culture. It’s important to get these stories out there and the people to tell them are the ones who experience it.


What projects are you working on now? I work on tv, so I’m currently working on a CBS show. I am also working on a short film based on a card game that I made a few months ago. I wanted to do a fun project, and I think this one will be excited.


Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? The whole industry is about building connections. Everyone brings something different to the table, so it is important to the Harlem film festival. We get to meet open-minded people and getting to know them. Building connections, networking, and being able to work on projects together. Getting space to get together and work with each other.

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