A year after the Rodney King verdict and the LA Riots / Insurrections in 1993, the Lollapalooza Music Festival commissioned Perry to direct, produce & collaborate on this short film with Ice Cube. Filmed on location in South Central, Los Angeles; Ice Cube appears in the film, reciting an insightful poem he wrote. He painfully questions, as an African-American man, why is it necessary to be considered a threat in America. The film was one of five short films featuring different music artist, and was shown as a special event during Lollapalooza's twenty-city music concert tour in 1993.
Executive producers: Jesse Dylan and Angus Wall
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Jahmani Perry is an award-winning (Sony Innovators Award) filmmaker / producer and photographer / visual artist, who's work (films, television and photography series, ASPHALT SPIRITS NYC project.) looks deeply into the beauty, mystery and complex nature of people's everyday individual and collective lives and stories; uncovering the social, political and economic fabric of people's experiences in America. He has created and contributed to numerous films, television, music videos and short films in New York and Los Angeles, as a director, producer and associate producer with Madonna, Ice Cube and filmmakers such as Oliver Stone (Nixon), Marc Levin & Sam Pollard (Second Coming? BET, two-part doc.film series), Orlando Bagwell (PBS, four-part series, Matter's of Race) and Joss Wheaton (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, tv series). A tenacious filmmaker / producer who is passionately committed to exploring thought-provoking and challenging questions at the reality and center of our lives.
"Your work speaks of your genuine passion for thought provoking entertainment."
- Oliver Stone
"Jahmani is an insightful filmmaker with a fresh, probing eye that captures the gritty
texture and raw emotion of real life with singular originality"
- Ossie Davis
"You shot the film in a wonderful way, it's ever so gracefully edited, and I was very moved by the way you used the SACRE DE PRINTEMPS. You certainly did a great job, given the bizarre material at your disposal."
- Wally Shawn, commenting on my documentary film "After Change You Can Believe In..."
"It is through this prism of history and art that Jahmani Perry escorts his viewer through a beautiful inner-city mosaic, laden with rustic industrialized backdrops.......All revolving around an illumined Ice-Cube whose proverbial inquiry "Why am I a Threat?" timelessly resonates.''
- Hatshepsut Shaw, writer