New this year, the Arts + Public Life Cinema Residency is a program designed to give emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to further their work while contributing to storytelling and documentary efforts on the Arts Block. The Cinema Residency marks an important step in the creation and curation of strong cinematic programming within Arts + Public Life as we work toward establishing the Green Line Arts Center.
Filmmakers in this one-year residency will document and archive footage of programs and events on the Arts Block, collaborate with Black Cinema House on youth-oriented cinema education, and and on a personal creative film project that will be screened for the public during his residency.
2016-17 Cinema Resident, Cam Be.
Cam Be is a film director working at the intersection of independent film, travel documentary and progressive hip-hop culture. An interdisciplinary artist, his central passion for filmmaking emerged during his studies at New York Film Academy (2006) and Columbia College in Chicago (2008-2010).
Cam has interviewed and documented iconic artists such as Maya Angelou, Lauryn Hill, Common, Theaster Gates, Questlove, Hebru Brantley, amongst others. Cam’s work has appeared on every major TV station including CBS, NBC, ABC, BET and MTV. In 2012 he received an Emmy award for “Outstanding Achievement in News Speciality Reporting” for his role as producer with NBC Chicago on the arts and entertainment series “About Last Night.”
His most recent documentary project and first feature-length film, “The Exchange,” continues to screen across the States and internationally. Currently, Cam Be is based out of Chicago and is the Owner and Creative Director of Camovement as well as the Resident Director for Jamla Records.