Culture Spotlight Featuring Sidartha Murjani
Sidartha Murjani started acting in 2014, after graduating from the prestigious Vancouver Film school. He began writing, directing and creating content in 2016. He never thought filmmaking as viable career choice until he did. Sidartha perceives filmmaking as the most challenging, engaging and satisfying work he has ever done. Nevertheless, He enjoys every aspect of filmmaking, from writing to pre-production to directing to acting, editing and distribution.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? Considering the two years we have had with COVID, the HHFF team put a fantastic festival. The highlights were the Metaverse, private screening and the networking events. Those events were about distribution, screenwriting and pitching with guests who have achieved success and talked about their experience. Also, the Hip Hop 48 hour challenge was an exciting event to take part in, CR Capers was always available for questions when I had them, whether about screenings, tickets or tech stuff. Overall, it was a great time!
Why are stories from the culture important? Stories give us hope, inspire us, make us laugh, make us see a different perspective. Which why stories from the culture are important.
What projects are you working on now? I am currently working on a short film about tea, a tv series about a valedictorian who is also an orphan and as always working on my mind, body and soul everyday.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? It’s one thing to say you should support independent content creators and another to actually back it up. I think the Harlem Film House and HHFF does that. That's why they are extremely important to the community they support.