THE HIGHWATER PODCAST
For the season finale of The Highwater Podcast, we went to the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia PA
Filmmaker Tahir Jetter talks about how Black Twitter and music artists like Drake, Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar inspired him to examine the psyche of the vulnerable Black Millennial man in his debut feature film, How To Tell If You’re A Douchebag. Jetter also talks about the legacy Spike Lee created for emerging Black filmmakers at his alma mater New York University (NYU), and shares his experience securing distribution for Douchebag, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.
Comedian Dave Helem shares his insight on comedy as a Chicagoan, a Black man, and a disciples of both Kanye West and Gucci Mane. Behind the jokes is a real dialogue about not letting the machine chew you up and spit you out. We also talked about whether there is a brotherhood among Black comedians, and the difference between a comedian and someone who is just funny on the internet.
A funny conversation with comedian Felonious Munk evolved into an important dialogue about love, being woke, staying in your lane, and why it is okay for some artists to keep quiet if they don't know how to articulate their politics.
Chakka talks about how to connect to others with your art with special guest Felonious Munk.
In this episode Chakka talks with artist and clinical counselor Alice Berry about how artists can take an active role in their mental wellness.
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Educator, media artist and writer Chakka Reeves is The Highwater Weekly's HCIC (Head Curator in Charge). She's really bad at logging off to do her own work, so if you have any feedback or suggestions, she can always be found at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter (@freedomreeves).