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Photo Exclusive: ‘Fresh Films: A Celebration of 50 Years of Hip Hop’ at the Music Box

It was a special night at the Music Box on Monday. For the entire month of September, the Music Box Theatre is proud to present “Fresh Films: A Celebration of 50 Years of Hip Hop,” a 17-film series celebrating hip hop’s long-running, symbiotic relationship with cinema. The special guest on Monday was director Craig Brewer, presenting his film Hustle and Flow. The collaboration is part of A Celebration of 50 Years of Hip-Hop programmed by Camryn Lewis and Rebbeca Lyon.  Let’s enjoy some photos from the evening…

Troy Pryor, a filmmaker and media entrepreneur, kicked off the night hyping the crowd in true hip-hop fashion before Brewer introduced his film, Hustle and Flow. Following the screening, Pryor hosted an insightful conversation with Brewer on the Music Box stage.

Director Craig Brewer discussed the journey to create the now hip-hop classic Hustle & Flow starring Terrance Howard and Taraji P Henson. Brewer also directed the pair for several episodes of Empire, filmed in Chicago. Brewer revealed how key individuals like iconic filmmaker John Singleton played vital roles in his career.

Here are some photos from the festivities, from photographer Quishyra Hester

For the entire month of September, the Music Box Theatre is proud to present “Fresh Films: A Celebration of 50 Years of Hip Hop,” a 17-film series celebrating hip hop’s long-running, symbiotic relationship with cinema. From the early-‘80s pioneering films that helped bring hip hop to the world, to later films showcasing the acting talents of rap superstars, and satires poking fun at the inevitable exploitation of one the most important cultural movements of the 20th century. These are films bursting at the seams with joy, pathos, acerbic social critique, eye-popping fashion, and ageless beats, meant to be seen on the big screen with a big crowd and the volume turned way up. 

Click here for tickets and times for the Fresh Films events coming up this month.

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