NEW YORK – Filmmaker Bobby Huntley II’s award-winning debut feature film, “La Vie Magnifique de Charlie” (aka #thecharliemovie) and viral short film “Nana Roxie’s Revenge”, will make its New York premiere during the 5th annual Hip Hop Film Festival.
When: (Nana Roxie’s Revenge) Thursday August 2nd, 7 p.m.
(The Charlie Movie) Saturday August 4th, 1 p.m.
Where: National Black Theatre , 2031 fifth ave , NY
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“Charlie” is a timely and exquisite exploration of the power of sisterhood and the beauty of #BlackGirlMagic, hoping to widen the narrow scope of the portrayals of black women in media. The film is a dramedy about one young woman’s struggle to remain carefree – even after the death of the love of her life: her sister.
Everyone is taken aback by Charlie’s unorthodox and seemingly chipper approach to her grieving process. Follow Charlie and her friends Kayla and Keturah as they go along for a wild, hilariously exhilarating and bittersweet ride – which will surely be the craziest day of Charlie’s life.
Some of the topics covered in the film are mental health, sickle cell and female sexual empowerment.
“When we filmed the movie, we had no budget, but as a collective of artists we wanted to come together to create something unique, and vibrant, and timeless,” director Bobby Huntley said.
Part of that stems from the bold look of the film, which was inspired by the early films of Spike Lee, Prince and Madonna. The quirky French aesthetic was influenced by the 2001 classic “Amelie” and includes a funky Minneapolis sound-infused score by acclaimed music producer Chuckey Charles.
What sets “Charlie” apart is that the film is captured from the lens of a black woman – cinematographer Lakisha Hughes. The result is an interesting world where the aesthetics of throwback 1980s gritty New York have been combined with present day Atlanta flair and flourishes of whimsy in this heartwarming tale of love between sisters.
Also featured this year at the festival is “Nana Roxie’s Revenge”, inspired by the hit netflix film “Roxanne Roxanne” and the music of legendary rapper Roxanne Shante. Huntley takes an interesting look at the bold 80’s craze of the rap response record and the effects of wanting to get into the industry at any cost. The trailer for the short film has gone viral and has been selected to be the opening night film of the Hip Hop Festival.
Huntley, along with key cast members, will be present for interviews and the Q&A sessions after the screenings. “Charlie” is also nominated for Best Feature at the festival.
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