Academy Presents 'Made You Look: Four Decades of Hip-Hop's Impact in Cinema'
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Academy Presents 'Made You Look: Four Decades of Hip-Hop's Impact in Cinema'


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Spotlight on Crafts: Music & Sound,” a spring and summer series illuminating the art of sound for motion pictures and the significant influence it has in film. The series will begin on May 20 at various venues in New York City and include onstage conversations and screenings of acclaimed films.

Included in the series is “Made You Look: Four Decades of Hip-Hop’s Impact in Cinema,” which will trace the 35- year rise of hip-hop culture in film and hip-hop’s media presence from its independent roots to the global force it is today. “Made You Look” is guest curated by hip-hop scholar and archivist Martha Diaz, who has selected one movie to represent each decade, showing the evolution of hip-hop’s image and narrative from that period. Diaz will contextualize each film with a 10-minute introduction and moderate a post-screening discussion with special guest speakers.

Co-presented by Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center, “Made You Look” events are scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 at the SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street in New York City

The films in the series include:

— Tuesday, June 6 – 1980s – “Wild Style” directed by Charlie Ahearn. Post-screening Q&A with Ahearn.

— Tuesday, June 13 – 1990s – “Menace II Society” directed by The Hughes Brothers.

— Tuesday, June 20 – 2000s – “8 Mile” directed by Curtis Hanson.

— Tuesday, June 27 – 2010s – “Nas: Time Is Illmatic” directed by One9. Post-screening Q&A with One9 and writer Erik Parker.

For the full “Spotlight on Crafts: Music & Sound” lineup, as well as information on purchasing tickets, visit

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