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Graffiti Stories: From Dark Alleys to Bright Futures

Are we rebellious, artists, or just trying to find our way? Local Rapper and Host Ismaila Alfa discovers urban youth who find their passion & legitimacy in urban arts, including Graffiti, Rap and hip hop dance!

  • Jorge Requena
  • Jorge Requena
  • Orlando Braun
  • Orlando Braun
  • Ismaila Alfa
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    music, art, hip-hop, biography, urban, youth, culture
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Canada International Film Festival
    Vancouver, BC
    April 11, 2015
    Award of Excellence
  • Envision Festival of the Arts
    Winnipeg, MB
    May 11, 2015
  • Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne
    Melbourne, Australia
    June 24, 2016
  • TrueDoc Documentary Festival

    September 8, 2016
  • Ozark Shorts

    United States
Director Biography - Jorge Requena

Jorge Requena is an award-winning filmmaker and award-winning musician from Mexico currently living in Winnipeg [Canada] where his creativity has found terrific inspiration. Before completing a BA in film studies, several of his short films were short listed and awarded in Small Festivals. In 2008, after receiving the CFTPA mentorship award, he focused in the documentary format. His documentary Frostbite, received a grant from the Emerging Filmmakers Fund with OMNI TV and ROGERS. Jorge has played a key role in projects for Omni, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Super Channel, CBC, Hallmark Network, and Universal Pictures amongst others. Working for production companies like E One, Shaftsbury, Merit Motion Pictures, and Inferno as well as many others across Canada.

He has directed 16 short films that have played at various festivals as well as a dozen music videos. His 30 minute TV documentary Graffiti Stories, created for MTS Stories From Home [Manitoba Broadcaster], was the first film produced under the Prairie Boy Productions banner and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards 2015 Diversity Award and won the Award of Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2015 Canada International Film Festival.

Jorge is also currently working on several experimental shorts and the final strokes for his graphic novel “The Mariachi Ghost”. His band inspired by the book recently won a Western Canadian Music award [2015] and is slated to tour internationally.

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