Kevin Epps | AAACC

Kevin Epps

Community activist and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Epps developed his skills through public access shows and classes at the Film Arts Foundation into a film career with the acclaimed documentaries Straight Outta Hunters Point and Black Rock. Epps has collaborated on projects with Google, Yahoo, Discovery Channel, Current TV, and a host of other media partners. His passion for advocacy of underserved communities has led him to give back by working with various community art spaces as well as serving on the boards of two local nonprofit organizations. Epps currently has several projects in the works and looks forward to shooting his first feature film this summer.

The Project

FAM BAM is a short documentary that provides a critical look into the structure of the black family in America. It will delve into the many layers of how this structure helped assuage the influences of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the crack era. Epps documents the beautifully unique nature of this complex family structure in a manner designed to heal the community, celebrate diversity, and teach others about its depths. The story will be told through the use of video, archival footage, still photos, audio, text, animation, and sculptures.

The Collaborating Partner

The African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) is a community-based, nonprofit arts and cultural organization. Its mission is to empower the community through Afrocentric artistic and cultural expression, education, and programming.

Since 1989, the AAACC has been dedicated to inspiring children and youths to serve as agents of change, cultivating their leadership skills and fostering a commitment to community service and activism. Located in the heart of San Francisco, in the city’s historic Jazz Preservation District, its facility encompasses 30,000 square feet of community arts space with a 203-seat theater, an art gallery, several unique meeting spaces, dance studios, a recording studio, a multi-use space, and a large parking lot. In addition, the AAACC encourages, supports, and promotes the work of young, aspiring Bay Area artists. It strives to develop partnerships with organizations that are similarly committed to its mission and offers space to the community for special events.

Photos of Kevin Epps on Flickr