Director’s Diary

July 27, 2006

Keeping everyone abreast of the goings on for the Nikki Giovanni documentary, we bring to you our first Diary entry, as previously mentioned here and here.

Recently we’ve run into a little bit of trouble, although it looks like it has been resolved; thankfully rather quickly at that.   The hold-up was the loss of the editor we had previously met with for the project.  He was excited about taking on the project but sadly contract terms could not be agreed upon so we went our separate ways.  These things happen and both parties are moving on.  We’ve got a great guy taking the helm and hope for great things.  Now that we are back on track, we’re still aiming for Sundance . . . 6 weeks.

Check out the first trailer here.

Hip Hop & the Docu

July 24, 2006

Keeping with the hip hop theme of the day we ask for something from our visitors. We are on the lookout for hip hop artists and spoken word artists for the documentary. We’d love to have your submissions to really make the film come alive. If you have something or know someone who you may think is interested have them contact 213complex@gmail.com and we’ll get them the proper paper work and such.

Thank You.

Hip Hop

July 24, 2006

For the Hip Hop heads out there or for those that think they are, here’s a bit of Nikki Giovanni’s take on the art form:

“I have such an admiration for the rappers. One, i like what they’re doing, but two, they’re such good business people. They have been able to do what my generation couldn’t do, they were able to hire each other. . . poets just don’t make that kind of money that you actually have the business. you have a business but it’s a very different level. You don’t have that money. Its been a pleasure to watch Puffy and them and Russell take poetry And taking it to Broadway. It’s the sound of young America, so to some degree i mothered in the rap revolution and I’m really proud of what they’ve done with it. We opened the door, people like me, I opened the door. it was a door everybody could come through, and I’m very proud of that.”

Check out the video clip for a bit of what Nikki Giovanni thinks about the late Tupac Shakur.

Comments, as always, are welcome.

Countdown to Sundance

July 22, 2006

At this moment, our goal for “Truth Is On Its Way” is to enter and participate in the Sundance Film Festival. Submissions are due by Sept. 11 and that is our goal. The trailer posted earlier was a rough submission due to some recently developing snags. We’ll have more for you in a coming Director’s Diary.

The trailer has been put together.

Enjoy. Comments welcome.

We plan to have a clip from the documentary up for your viewing in the near future.  Check back with us soon.

Opinions on Nikki

July 10, 2006

There are many different views on Nikki Giovanni, the poet, activist, and person. We want to know yours.

Do you like Nikki Giovanni? If so, why? If not, why not?