Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker making his mark in the international documentary scene. A graduate of UC Berkeley, he received his MA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2004. Before graduation, he won the prestigious juried Student Film-maker Award from the Pan African Film Festival for his documentary Inventos: Hip-Hop Cubano, a film he shot, directed, edited, and produced. Jacobs-Fantauzzi has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Africa and produced and directed several shorts and music videos, including the award winning music video from Ghana, Besin. His first film, i of MOTION us of MOVEMENT chronicled the life of 4 women hip hop artists in the San Francisco Bay area. Inventos, is the first in-depth look at Hip-Hop culture in Cuba, which premiered in Havana Cuba and at the H2O International film festival in New York in November 2003, and has since shown across the U.S. to great reviews. Jacobs-Fantauzzi has been featured in Anthem Magazine, NRG Magazine, and the Libertad Journal that wrote, “Inventos embodies the true spirit of hip hop, which is to build a powerful and useful mechanism out of what is seemingly impossible.” Currently, Jacobs-Fantauzzi is in production on his next film entitled, HomeGrown, a unique documentary on hip hop in Ghana, West Africa. He is a powerful filmmaker, whose philosophy is built on experiences of struggle, and who is dedicated to craft coupled with commitment to social justice and awareness.

Check out the trailer to his most recent film HomeGrown: Hip Life in Ghana


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