Web series creators featured at Hip Hop Film Festival talk about their craft

August 01, 2018 - 7:13 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Ahead of the Hip Hop Film Festival kicking off it's four-day run on Aug. 2, 1010 WINS' Sharon Barnes-Waters, host of "City Views," interviewed the cast and creators of a pair of web series being featured at the festival: Brooklyn.Blue.Sky and Situationships.

Brooklyn.Blue.Sky director Dui Jarrod, who was joined by cast members Michael Oloyede and Jenelle Simone, said of his series,  "I wanted to write a narrative that really deconstructed why some of us are able to move forward with our creative careers and some of us aren't."

Jarrod added that the ability to have a series distributed online -- as opposed to traditional avenues -- has allowed for more voices.

"It has changed the game completely," he told Barnes-Waters, "because now you don't need to go through a network or distributor in order to access your audience. The problem is what happened is because people are so quick to get their word out there, people haven't always learned how to monetize their content."

In explaining her web series, Situationships creator and director Cylla Senii -- who was joined in the 1010 WINS studio with cast members Jonathan Iglesias and Kar Logan -- said of her series, "It's the twist and turns of millennial dating. It's so complicated. It's not really dating. We're confused. It's literally a series of 13 different people in New York City of all different backgrounds, all different diversities. That was so important for me to showcase, because this storyline is so relatable to everyone. Some of my aunts and uncles are like we had that, we called it something different!"

The Hip Hop Film Festival runs from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5. Visit hiphopfilmfestival.org for more information.