Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s new film, HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana, is a feature-length documentary about V.I.P. (Vision In Progress). The film documents ten years of their journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour. They grow from being teenagers with a shared dream to musicians with fans around the world.


Powerful film with positive, powerful messages- especially for our youth.”

What: Free outdoor screening of HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana and Q&A with filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.
When:
Tuesday March 2 @ 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
Where:
Veteran’s Park, Coachella Ca (bring blankets/ lawn chairs)

Synopsis
West Africa has a long-standing tradition of traveling storytellers
known as Griots (pronounced GREE oh), who combine poetry, music, and
oral history. In Ghana, a group of young Africans are continuing this
legacy and have captured the attention of international audiences.
Over the past decade, Hip-Hop music has merged with High-Life, the
traditional music of West Africa, and this fusion has led to the birth
of a new musical genre called HipLife. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s new
film, HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana, is a feature-length documentary
about V.I.P. (Vision In Progress). The film documents ten years of
their journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international
tour. They grow from being teenagers with a shared dream to musicians
with fans around the world. The tension between traditional values and
international stardom unfolds in the film’s dynamic story-line.
The final footage shows V.I.P. on tour in Europe, South African, and
the United States, being received by enormous crowds. The viewer is
given an intense experience of the excitement surrounding the group’s
success and from witnessing the international explosion of HipLife
music. The striking visual content of HomeGrown is underscored with an
original sound-track that has the audience watching the film and not
wanting to miss a beat.
———- ABOUT THE DIRECTOR ——–
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is a film director making his mark in the
international documentary scene. A graduate of UC Berkeley, he
received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2004).
Before graduation, he won the prestigious juried Student Filmmaker
Award from the Pan-African Film Festival for his documentary Inventos;
Hip Hop Cubano. Eli has worked on film projects in the U.S., Europe,
and India. You can also find Eli’s work in Jeff Changes book “Total
Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop”. His dedication to his craft
is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice.

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