Private Project

Streetwrite

Political graffiti has a long history dating back to the walls of Ancient Rome. It represents an alternative means of expression that gives voice to the issues and concerns of the common people. This tradition of free expression forms the basis of STREETWRITE, a movie musical that asks the question, “How can speech be free, if only those who pay can speak?”

Using street art as a focal point, the film examines the various ways people struggle to express themselves in situations where free speech is curtailed or suppressed. It also explores how certain kinds of expression can be repressive to individuals. Originally written and composed musical numbers convey these topics through a series of vignettes, and the arguments that ensue are debated in a courtroom sequence. Graffiti, public murals, commercial billboards and hallway posters form the visual backdrops that exemplify these issues.

The film was fully funded by the New York Film Academy (NYFA) with an international cast of talented Musical Theater Department students working alongside NYFA professional faculty of artists and staff. Original movie musicals are a part of the NYFA’s Musical Theatre conservatory curriculum; the only musical theatre program teaching both musical theatre for the stage and film. STREETWRITE was written and directed by Blanche Baker, an Emmy Award winning actress and Senior Faculty member of the New York Film Academy, and the film was shot by Piero Basso, an award winning Director of Photography.

Check out http:/www.streetwritemovie.com for more information and screening announcements!

IMDB- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6452580/

  • Blanche Baker
    Director
  • Blanche Baker
    Writer
  • New York Film Academy
    Producer
  • Mackinnley Bowden
    Key Cast
  • Tony LaLonde
    Key Cast
  • Anita Petrich
    Key Cast
  • Rafaela Raposo
    Key Cast
  • Priscilla Sampaio
    Key Cast
  • Kami Visitsak
    Key Cast
  • Jason York
    Key Cast
  • David Klein
    Key Cast
  • Wysandria Woolsey
    Key Cast
  • Michael Laibson
    Key Cast
  • Angel Martinez
    Key Cast
  • Noah Parnes
    Key Cast
  • CorBen Williams
    Key Cast
  • Jessica Fernando
    Key Cast
  • Serra Duran
    Key Cast
  • Kiana Honarmand
    Key Cast
  • Proof Reed Schubert
    Key Cast
  • Cameron Knowlton
    Key Cast
  • Paul Eldredege
    Key Cast
  • Kate Gauthier
    Key Cast
  • Lucy Buyenyezi
    Key Cast
  • Steffanie Burchette
    Key Cast
  • Ethan Blondel
    Key Cast
  • Dee Dixon
    Key Cast
  • Aaliyah Jones
    Key Cast
  • Keven Diaz
    Key Cast
  • Piero Basso AIC
    CREW
  • Nancy Maloy
    CREW
  • Jessica Fernando
    CREW
  • Zena Wood
    CREW
  • Albo Greene
    CREW
  • Denise Barbarita
    CREW
  • Carolina Lara
    CREW
  • Sissel Arnett
    CREW
  • Nick Snow
    CREW
  • Luis Alarcon
    CREW
  • Mateo Salcedo
    CREW
  • Veena Uppalapati
    CREW
  • Sean Robinson
    CREW
  • Lorena Sarabia
    CREW
  • Derek Garlington
    CREW
  • TJ Miller
    CREW
  • Lexi Phillips
    Editor
  • Piero Basso AIC
    Director of Photography
  • Nancy Maloy
    Production Designer
  • Matt Lopez
    Choreographers
  • Melissa Ramos
    Choreographers
  • Avi Amon
    Composers and lyricists
  • Kendell Pinkney
    Composers and lyricists
  • Bobby Cronin
    Composers and lyricists
  • Mark Olsen
    Composers and lyricists
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    political, musical
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 21, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED DCI 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.9:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York City
    United States
    February 14, 2017
  • Queens World Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    March 19, 2017
    East Coast Premiere
  • RiverRun Film Festival
    Winston-Salem, NC
    United States
    April 1, 2017
  • Cinemonde
    New York City
    United States
    April 5, 2017
  • Manhattan Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    April 21, 2017
  • NYC Independent Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    May 5, 2017
  • NY Sun Fest
    New York City
    United States
  • New York Public Library
    New York City
    United States
    June 20, 2017
  • LifeArt Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    July 3, 2017
  • Global Impact Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    August 25, 2017
  • Manhattan shorts Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    November 11, 2017
  • Cinefest
    Atlantic City
    United States
    October 15, 2017
    Best Director of a short film
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 5, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 12, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 18, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 19, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 20, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 22, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 26, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    July 27, 2017
  • New York Public Library
    NYC
    United States
    August 11, 2017
  • Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
    Queens, NY
    United States
    Best Sound
  • Manhattan Film Shorts
    NYC
    United States
    November 11, 2017
  • Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival
    Ft. Lauderdale, FLA
    United States
    November 15, 2017
  • New York State International Film Festival
    Albany
    United States
    September 8, 2017
  • Equality Film Festival
    Berkeley
    United States
    October 15, 2017
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 6, 2017
    West Coast Premiere
    Grand Jury for Narrative Short
  • Pembroke Taparelli
    New York City
    United States
    October 30, 2017
  • Blow Up International Arthouse Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    Finalist Best Experimental Film
  • Global Cinema Festival of Boston
    Boston
    United States
    March 9, 2018
    Nominated Best Narrative Short
Director Biography - Blanche Baker

Blanche Baker is an actress of stage, screen and television. After attending Wellesley College, Blanche made her television debut in the miniseries Holocaust, for which she won an Emmy Award. Her feature films include Sixteen Candles, The Handmaid’s Tale with Robert Duvall, Raw Deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Kevin Bacon HBO film Taking Chance. She was part of the Yale Repertory Theatre and Anna Sokolow's dance troupe. Her theatre roles include Steel Magnolias and Edward Albee’s Lolita with Donald Sutherland. She is Senior Faculty at the New York Film Academy where she teaches in both the Acting and Musical Theatre Departments.

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Director Statement

My aim is to celebrate diversity and to encourage people to step forward at a time when freedom of speech is under siege.