Film on Friday // Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi and FistUp.TV
Posted on March 4, 2011
Fridays are about film and cinema here at Thickwit. Since my pocketbook usually keeps me out of the ArcLights, Bay Streets and Anjelika Film Centers — I want to provide a weekly cinematic experience for y’all. A happy little Friday gift, once weekly of a short, a doc, or info on a feature or free/low cost screenings in your area. Today’s post is going to be short and sweet, because I hope you’ll spend some time at the site to which I’m fixing to forward you.
Let’s begin by talking about the work of Berkeley based filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi. He’s best known, perhaps, for his breakout film, Inventos, which captures the lives of major players in the emerging Cubano Hip Hop movement. After wrapping with the good folks in Cuba, Eli moved on to covering the burgeoning music scene in Ghana, West Africa, where traditional High Life music now blends with Hip Hop to create a brand new form, Hip Life. His second documentary, Home Grown, follows Ghanaian trio, Vision in Progress, as they expand their presence from their community, to performing before an international audience. Fantauzzi used the springboard of these first two documentaries as he continued to film and document otherwise unseen Hip Hop practitioners the world over. With his camera, uncanny hustle and an unyielding smile, Eli’s documented art from India to Hunter’s Point, from Brazil to Louisville, and most recently, Costa Rica. As a founding and organizing leader of Clenched Fist Productions, Eli’s just launched FistUp.Tv, an online clearing house of short musical documentaries like this one:
This is just the start. On the site, you can see work from artists from Chile, Belize, Panama and maybe even a few local cats, too. Just depends on where your locale is. Happy watching.
Lastly, and on a completely different note. I wanna thank my parents for teaching me some home training. I wanna thank you, reader, for coming consistently. This first week of March has been an amazing outpouring of love from the couple hundred of you that are stopping by daily. If you like (or hate) what you’re reading, comment. Pass it along to a friend. Share via FB or Twitter, if you will. Cyberspace can be vacuum like, when I’m writing all alone, and I’d love to have your input. Feel free to ask questions, or demand more of me. I like having you around, and wanna make sure you feel at home. So, in the reputed words of Xcape: kick off your shoes and relax your feet…