New York Film Academy Documentary school graduate, Francesca Pagani’s first film Hip Hop Hassid premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival Tuesday, August 7th and won the Best Short Documentary award! Her photo from the film earned a spot in TimeOut Magazine. The film surrounds the life of Hassid, Shneur Hasofer, as he transforms through his discovery of music that awakens his soul. Now, “DeScribe,” creates the beats that carry him beyond the confines of his insular community where his music challenges the racial conflicts in his Crown Heights neighborhood and confronts the isolating restrictions of his faith.
“The idea of making this film came after meeting Describe through friends in Brooklyn. I was never exposed to such an interesting community before and seeing this Hassidic Jew trying to make Hip Hop Music seemed the perfect combination to tell an unusual story.”
Since fall 2011, Francesca has been collaborating with the co-founders of kNow Productions: Peabody Award winning and three-time Emmy nominated Hilla Medalia and award winning producer, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert. She also works on various stages of production on Morgan Spurlock executive-produced documentaries; including Dancing in Jaffa, Caught in the Net, and others.