Radio Boston Interview
Check out this broadcast on WBUR 90.9 FM’s Radio Boston with “This Ain’t Normal” Director Rudy Hypolite and one of the young men featured in the film, Daquan (Bop Mgsb). Special thanks to Radio Boston producer Zoe Mitchell and host Anthony Brooks for their insightful questions and conversation. The next film screening is Monday April 30th, 6-8:30pm at the Cambridge Public Library. See our Facebook events listing for more info and be sure to like and follow our page: Kreateabuzz Documentary Films.
THIS AIN’T NORMAL: NEW BOSTON DOC ABOUT STREET VIOLENCE LIFTS AUTHENTIC VOICES -By M.J. TIDWELL/Digboston
It’s a sad reality that Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan endure a disturbing amount of Boston’s gun violence, largely in relation to gang activity. A disproportionate number of young, minority men face the daily threat of death in neighborhoods where territories span only a few blocks, often even less.
As of September, the Boston Police Department recorded 161 shooting incidents so far in 2017, up from 135 shootings in 2016. This year already, dozens have died and more than 150 have been injured. Reports of gun violence surface daily.
This isn’t a new story. While statistics sometimes change from year to year and place to place, this nightmare affects communities across the country. The Gun Violence Archive tallies 47,721 shooting incidents nationally so far in 2017. Of those, nearly 2,500 involved teenagers. With an issue this large, it’s hard to gain back perspective.
Nevertheless, no matter how desensitized one may become in the trance of so much morbid media coverage, it’s important to remember: This ain’t normal.
That’s the name and message of a new documentary from Kreateabuzz, a group of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan natives who were also the creative minds behind PUSH: Madison vs. Madison, an outstanding doc about hoop dreams in the hub that aired on ESPN Classic. With their latest, the filmmakers aim to remind audiences that the tragic deaths and injuries caused by gun violence, well, they’re not normal. Even when they happen time and time again, they should not be normalized.
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Thank you to HubSpot’s The INBOUND Studio online series and host Laura Moran and crew for this interview about “This Ain’t Normal.” Kreateabuzz Documentary Films Director/Producer Rudy Hypolite talks about his approach to documentary filmmaking and the importance of access, integrity, and process in capturing authentic stories.
This is the second piece of Director/Producer Rudy Hypolite's INBOUND Studio video interview addressing our KB or Kreateabuzz Documentary Films approach to telling compelling stories that have social impact and engage an audience to action. In order to distinguish our lower budget independent films in a studio dominated, highly competitive film industry, we have to be creative in our storytelling and production techniques. This is accomplished through cinematography and camera angles, creative lighting, original music, field audio capture, sound design, editing and story crafting techniques, color grading, and having the subjects of the film fill the narrator role in their own voices. I have a tremendous and resourceful creative team, starting with my business partner and Co-Producer Dennis Wilson Director of Photography genius Mike Pecci, Music Composer Malik Williams leading his team, Digital Editor Oriel Danielson, Colorist Tony Fernandez, Sound Design/Field Sound Recordist Mike Voltran, Executive Producer Hassan Smith, Primary Camera Brynmore Williams and Anthony Jarvis, Motion Graphics Daniel Tsukahira, Marketing Director Roger Hypolite, Social Media Director Christen Goguen, Story consultant Liane Hypolite and Ashlee Hyp, Associate Producer Derek Relwof, music contributors Rae Trilogy, Brett Rover, Justin Gray, Racquell Hypolite, Johanel Santana and many other contributors.