Art, Aesthetic and Practice of Filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
July 11, 2020 6pm PT
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi will be showing some of his upcoming, recent, and past work, discussing some of the different aspects of each project with you. He will be focusing on his work in the Bay Area, Boríken (Puerto Rico), and Cuba.
Art- I believe watching a good film can change your life. I believe some films are made to be discussed.
Aesthetic- As a Cali-rican, I create content that is grounded in the true spirit of Hip Hop which is to build something that is powerful and useful out of very little and in a way that is seemingly impossible.
Practice- As a filmmaker, I use a storytelling approach that I created as a student at U.C. Berkeley called Participatory Action Filmmaking which is a regenerative style of storytelling that cultivates and amplifies stories instead of mining or extracting them
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is an internationally-recognized and award-winning filmmaker. He is the founder of FistUp.TV, a media platform uplifting and telling stories from underrepresented communities across the world. His work has circulated through National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel, and PBS. Online he has created content for remezcla, okayafrica, TIDAL, and VIBE. Spike Lee is one of the reasons Eli became a filmmaker, and in 2019 he hired Eli to work on set with him as a photographer for "She's Gotta Have It Too." Eli is the co-founder of Defend Puerto Rico, a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. He is currently touring the world with his new film Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba and curating his 11th Annual Fist Up Film Festival. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film.