Wu-Tang Hits The Big Screen In H2O Film Fest

 The fifth annual H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival will kick off in New York City this month with over two weeks of screenings and panel discussions on topics ranging from social justice to the future of media distribution.

The festival, which will run from May 28 to June 15 at the ImaginAsian Theatre, will screen over eighty films including Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang, HipLife: Hip-Hop in Ghana, Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Bling: A Planet Rock and Bastards of the Party [Watch Sneek Peek Here], among others.

Pharaohe Monch, M1 of dead prez, producer QD3 (best known for his Beef DVD series) and former Source magazine editor-in-chief Kim Osorio will serve as speakers at various panel discussions. There will also be full days devoted to the youth, women, hip-hop history, and the craft of filmmaking and self-distribution.

The festival will conclude with the Odyssey Awards hosted by radio personality Ed Lover and comedian Paul Mooney at BB Kings Club and Grill on Saturday, June 16.

This year's honorees include the Crash Crew, the Cold Crush Brothers, Public Enemy, Ralph McDaniels and Ernest Dickerson. An exclusive Pre-Odyssey filmmaker's reception will be dedicated to the late Ted Demme, co-creator or "Yo! MTV Raps" and the director of Who's The Man?, which starred Ed Lover and Doctor Dre.

For more information about the festival and to obtain tickets visit H2O's website.

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