Very happy to announce that my award-winning documentary film GRAFSTRACT: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance has been named an official selection of the 10th edition of the Jahorina Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After almost 3000 submissions from over 100 countries, my film will join 110 other international films which will screen at the festival which runs from September 14-18 (schedule TBA) in the town of Pale near Mount Jahorina, which hosted the women’s alpine skiing events of the 1984 Winter Olympics in nearby Sarajevo.
The Jahorina Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 10 year anniversary, focuses on films in four categories: “Cultural Heritage” (films whose content relies on cultural and artistic heritage of their origin countries), “Natural Heritage” (films whose content relies on natural heritage of their origin countries), “Ecology (of soul)” (films that pay special attention to the importance of the preservation of natural environment or the purity of human soul), and “Tourism” (films that promote touristic potentials of their origin countries).
Also very happy to announce that I will be making the trip to Pale and will be in attendance during the screening of my film and also touring what appears to be a most beautiful country – one that has come quite a ways since its bloody past of only 20 years ago. Looking forward to meeting all the good folks from the film festival and watching some great films. See you there?
GRAFSTRACT: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance, a film I directed, shot and edited, was filmed in the Bronx, New York City, back in the summer of 2014 and tells the story of J. “SinXero” Beltran, Founder & Creative Director of TAG Public Arts Project. With the help of some of the world’s top street artists, SinXero’s mission of “Enhancing The Visual Landscape of Urban Communities with Art” is becoming a reality in the birthplace of graffiti, The Bronx. The film won the Best Street Art Film award at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film made its NYC premiere at the 2016 Bronx International Film Festival and has also screened at film festivals in Spain, Sweden, Albania, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Scotland, Romania, Colombia and India. And now Bosnia and Herzegovina.