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"Reading, Writing And Rapping"
LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash) -- If a documentary
filmmaker who specializes in hip-hop has his way, school kids' basic education
will consist of reading, writing, 'rithmetic and rapping.
Bob Bryan is putting the finishing touches on
a curriculum guide that shows teachers how to instruct their students on
the finer points of rapping, DJing, graffiti art and break dancing.
"The Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop Guide"
suggests classroom activities such as taking spray paint cans to canvases
for a lesson in what Bryan calls "aerosol art."
He says the art of hip-hop is a subject that should
be studied much like art or art history. In addition, teachers in other
disciplines, like science, can use hip-hop concepts to teach students other
For example, a math teacher could use a basketball
-- part of a sport favored by many hip-hopppers -- to teach fractions.
Bryan says teachers in towns across the U.S. are
already requesting the guide and accompanying video, "Graffiti Verite’
5: The Sacred Elements of Hip-Hop".
In his words, "you know it will be the most exciting
class in school.”
" Bob, I really enjoyed your video! It
had some great dialogue in it from the kids, as well as, the adults.
I think that you brilliantly captured a candid
view of today’s ‘American kid’.
Although all students aren’t into hip-hop,
you were able to show kids communicating on a level that any average teen
can relate to, whether they are Hip-hop heads, Preps,
Thrashers’ or Goth’s.
I really like your work, and I will definitely
refer to you and your work in my seminars. I’m excited to see Hip-Hop ‘come
of age’ where we are able now to tell our own story,
and you are representing very well. "
Peace & Blessings Bob!
- Fred, Richardson TX
"Bob, certainly you have hit at a subject
matter that lies at the core of "WHO" our youth are today, and from what
direction their perspective as the new adults are springing from. Those
who cannot see the proverbial ' writing on the walls ' are truly blind
and possibly destined to be left behind by the certain arriving future
that is influenced by the Hip-Hop experience, as expressed through graffiti
art. Thanks to your insights and continued efforts there is a growing awareness
in America of her youth, the complex relationship they have developed with
graffiti art and Hip-Hop, how that will influence the future and how it
can be harnessed as a tool of ultimate teaching and learning to create
a better world."
Towery, Filmmaker, Los Angeles CA
"Dear Mr. Bryan,thank
you for the incredible work you have done in educating the public about
graf art and culture. I am an art teacher in an alternative high
school in Lincoln Nebraska and I look forward to acquiring your hip hop
culture curriculum. My students have brought the importance of inquiry
into this culture to me and I promised them I would further my knowledge
and skill in addressing these issues of popular culture. Thanks again
for all your hard work. I will be checking your website for more
information on how to obtain the GV video and its accompanying curriculum." Peace Out!!
-Jen (Lincolnn NE, Art Teacher)
"Hi. I just wanted to say that your soon-to-be-released
video and curiculum guide sound fabulous. I am an art teacher at a high
school in the Baltimore area and I am really looking forward to seeing
/ implementing your project in my class room. I have always had an interest
in graffiti and it is an important part of the lives and lifestyles of
many of my students. Because of the negative reputation that graffiti has
in our community, often being linked to gang signia, it can be difficult
to approach the subject as an art assignment.
Many other faculty members see this as promoting
vandalism. I therefore have stuck to more accepted public artists such
as Keith Haring (showing his murals and explaining his philosophies on
public art are good excuses to show photos of contemporary graff artists
and draw connections between them).
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that
I am definitely looking forward to obtaining a copy of your work. Thanks."
-Erin, Art teacher Baltimore, MD
Graffiti Verite' 5
will pre-screen at the Waterloo, Iowa Center for the Arts on September
26 and 27th,
2003. Filmmaker Bob Bryan will
be in attendance and a Question & Answer session will follow.
Time: 42 minutes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loida Mariano, Account Executive
BRYAN WORLD PRODUCTIONS, LLC. PO Box 74033
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Multi-Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker
Releases a Bold and Innovative Educational Documentary that brings Hip-Hop
into USA Classrooms
Los Angeles, CA -- Multi award-winning Independent
filmmaker Bob Bryan takes his camera on the road (in search of Hip-Hop)
to the Heartland of America. "I figured if Hip-Hop exists here, then it's
pretty much everywhere! " Bob was invited to document a historic four (4)
day Hip-Hop Summer Workshop conducted at Metro High School, in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa which resulted in Graffiti Verite’
5 (GV5): The Sacred Elements of Hip-Hop.
According to Jim Jacobmeyer, Art Instructor at
Metro High School GV5 - Jim Jacobmeyer
Speaks - Breaking it Down in the Middle: Pop and Hip-Hop, Hip-hop
culture is alive and well in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and we invited Bob, to
come to CR to find-out how a local alternative High School was using
the elements of Hip-hop to integrate the visual and performing arts into
their summer program.
"Our summer school workshop was
inspired by Bob Bryan's first documentary on Graffiti Art called
Graffiti Verite’ , a collection of
interviews done with West Coast Graffiti artists. The artists talked
about Graffiti as being a part of a culture, which included the elements
of graffiti art, dance, music and poetry. We liked the idea of this
mix. We knew this idea would appeal to our students." - Jim Jacobmeyer, Art Instructor at Metro High School
In the just released documentary Graffiti
Verite’ 5 (GV5): The Sacred Elements of Hip-Hop
Mr. Bryan was able to capture the excitement of this innovative hands-on
workshop. What emerges is a portrait of the educational value and liberating
therapeutic power contained within the unique elements of the contemporary
Hip-hop movement. Turntablism (DJing), Break-dancing, MC'ing (Rappin')
and Graffiti Art are the four (4) Hip-Hop elements used in what Bob sees
as a multifaceted communications modality and dynamic educational learning
"I knew there was a great misconception
about what Hip-Hop was really all about, partially due to the massive negative
propaganda generated by the media. The public relations problem with Hip-Hop
is that only the stereotypical bling-bling, darker, sinister and negative
aspects of certain outrageous lifestyles are given airplay.The beautiful
positive poetry, music, dance and art of young people focusing upon identity,
self-esteem, community, social issues and their future are rarely, if ever,
given an opportunity to exist in the public dialogue of ideas. In
I wanted to take a closer look at the facts. It turns out that the four
elements of Hip-Hop, if used creatively, can give our educators an invaluable
tool to bridge the communications and learning dyslexia that exist between
students, educators and the 4R's. It’s time to explore this type of multi-intelligence
model and integrate its positive potential usefulness into the curriculum,
as a method of connecting with today's youth."-Bob Bryan, Director
*** Special Note - Please feel free to redirect
this Press Release to Art Instructors and Program Coordinators who may
have an interest in the integrating the Graffiti Verite' Documentary Series
into their Visual Arts Education programs. We'll be happy to work with
them in order to get them the program information they require.
GV5 will be released simultaneously along
with The Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop
Guide (sold separately), inspired by the
brilliant observations of the Multiple Intelligences Theory and the realization
of the obvious differences in students learning styles.
(firstname.lastname@example.org), the famed
Waterloo, Iowa resident (Paco's Photos), GV5
video-cover designer (see above) and featured Graffiti Artist in GV5,
will be on hand at the Pre-Screening in Waterloo, as well as, the Official
Premiere in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on the 28th
Sept 26-27, 2003 Waterloo Center for the Arts
- PROGRAMS &aamp; EVENTS
Friday, 9/26 Film Screenings 7 pm
Panama Deception, Barbara Trent- Producer/Director
Graffiti Verite 5,
Bob Bryan- Producer/Director Planetfall, Mike Heagle- Producer/Director
Saturday, 9/27 Symposium 9 am - 5 pm
Bob Bryan - Graffiti
Verite' 5 Multi-Award winning Filmmaker Bob Bryan will
discuss his most recent production of Graffiti
Verite 5. GV5
reflects all the elements of the urban
Hip-hop movement, as well as its relevant history.
Barbara Trent - The Economics of Censorship
Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Trent,
actively tours, screening her films and lecturing on civic responsibility,
censorship, public and foreign policy, filmmaking, and activism.
INFLUENTIAL IMPACT: The Cyclization of Black
Steven Torriano Berry
Award winning filmmaker & Associate Professor,
Department of Radio, Television, and Film - Howard University
Notes Towards a History
Independent filmmaker & Coordinator, Waterloo
Public Access Television
Filmmaker/Co-founder of Car School Film-O-Rama,
& Instructor of Visual Effects - Art Institute International Minnesota
The Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop Guide and companion
will both be available (purchased separately)
for distribution to schools and libraries by distribution
agents assigned by Bryan World Productions, LLC., September, 2003.
Intellectual Property Registry -Writers Guild of America - Registration
# 922273-Robert Bob Bryan. The unique idea of The Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers
Workshop Guide Program and the GV5 Documentary are protected by USA and
International Intellectual Copywrite Laws under Bob Bryan, Bryan World
Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved 2003 )
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