Photo: Adriel Gonzalez
Yesterday the Tribeca Film Festival kicked off it’s 17th year of existence highlighting some top notch films and key note interviews.
Before heading out I had a chance to catch up with ‘COPWATCH’ Director Camilla Hall in her directorial debut to see how Hip Hop played a part in helping piece this life changing film together
Hall, a London native has tapped into her journalistic background to bring a true life story to the for front of what’s taking place between citizens and their challenges of facing police violence. “It’s not about what happened in front of the cameras, but it’s about those who stood behind them,” says Hall.
“The story was moving so fast, I literally had to jump on it. Ramsey Orta who filmed Eric Garner’s untimely death was dealing with legal proceedings so there was really a window of time that we had to start filming”.
Capturing Garner’s death was life changing for Ramsey, the only person from the scene of the fatal Staten Island arrest to go to jail. He’s currently serving time.
With many emotional moments taking place while documenting the film Hall reveals how North Carolina native J Cole’s music had a huge impact on bringing the story to life.
If you would like to contact Ramsey Orta we have listed his contact information below.
Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010