Posts Tagged ‘AMC Independent’

Date of Interview: 02/09/2012

Quincy “QDeezy” Harris is a radio personality for Philadelphia’s Hot 107.9, which is owned and operated by Radio One. As a native of Philly, his reputation – and popularity – have steadily increased since his early years at Clear Channel’s WUSL Power 99 and successful transition to “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” a syndicated morning show ran by Power 106 KPWR in Los Angeles. Back on his home turf, in a comfortable – and receptive – artistic space, QDeezy tapped into another passion: film.

As the producer and principle star of Exit Strategy, QDeezy leveraged the relationships fostered in radio and brought them to the film project. Among the many “cards” tucked into his “sleeve,” a cameo appearance by long-time friend Kevin Hart. In the midst of a promotional campaign for Exit Strategy (theatrical release, February 10, 2012; DVD release, June 5, 2012), Quincy “QDeezy” Harris spoke with Clayton Perry about the independent film landscape, the value in fostering quality professional relationships, and the importance of “striking while the iron is hot.”

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Qasim Basir

Date of Interview: 03/01/2011

Qasim Basir is the creative force behind Mooz-lum, a timely film about the contemporary Muslim American experience from an African American perspective. One decade removed from 9/11, Basir has crafted a visual masterpiece that aims to provoke a progressive discussion revolving around intolerance and the nation’s unnerving levels of stereotype-infused bigotry. Through the phenomenal acting talents of Danny Glover, Nia Long, Evan Ross and Roger Guenveur Smith, many Americans will finally have the opportunity to live vicariously through the familiar characters that are often overlooked as members of our cultural melting pot.

In support of Mooz-lum’s theatrical release, Qasim Basir managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on cultural politics, his favorite scenes, and the struggles independent filmmakers face in the present day.

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