Local Filmmaker to Screen Award-Winning Documentary

The filmmaker and one of her subjects.

This January, New Orleans filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West and the New Orleans Film Society will screen Hadleigh-West’s award-winning Player Hating: A Love Story, a documentary about Brooklyn “thug” culture.

Player Hating follows hip-hop artist Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn crew, the Godfia Criminals, as they struggle to escape poverty and violence through music in the Albany Housing Projects. In raw, uncensored form, Player Hating delves intimately into the lives of young “thugs,” and reveals the core of human poverty.

Player Hating brings audiences into a world they might otherwise ignore, or be too frightened to enter,” says Hadleigh-West. “People watch this film and they see and feel the incredible humanity that is at risk daily of being lost to violence.”

The film will screen at 7pm and 9:30pm on January 14 at Café Istanbul (3272 St. Claude Ave in New Orleans). Hadleigh-West will be in attendance for the 7pm showing, with a discussion to follow. The film will also screen on Sunday, January 15, at 6pm, and on Monday, January 16, at noon. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For the rest of the screening schedule (through February 26), visit www.yomaggie.com/playerhating.html.

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