Jocelyn Edelstein‘s premiere, feature length documentary, celebrates the potent language of dance, friendship and perseverance. Believe the Beat is a tender rites of passage tale that follows a crew of Brazilian street dancers. As they take their dance from city park to global stage, an independent filmmaker discovers the challenge and promise of digital storytelling.
Believe the Beat was an official selection for the Hip Hop Film Festival (in New York), the Oregon Independent Film Festival, The Portland Film Festival, The Women’s Film Festival (In Philly), the Film Art Dance Film Festival (a national tour for high schools) and the Rio Hip Hop Festival. Believe the Beat was a finalist for Best Documentary at the Hip Hop Film Festival and Portland Film Festival and winner of Best Art Documentary at the Oregon Independent Film Festival.
Q&A after the screening with filmmaker Jocelyn Edelstein (Urban Body Project) and producer Zak Kilberg moderated by Amber Victoria.
Having spent a decade making documentaries about everyday Americans, filmmaker Andrew Cohn offers a compassionate portrait of two flawed working-class men that explores identity, privilege, and racial bias.