June 30th marks the 25th anniversary of Do The Right Thing, and many events are happening in celebration of the groundbreaking film. A book giving behind-the-scenes visuals and tid-bits was released this month, there's a block party in Brooklyn celebrating the anniversary, and the block where the film was shot was just renamed Do The Right Thing Way. I appreciate the acknowledgement of this dynamic piece of work that has ignited and inspired me in so many ways.
This year I had the honor (again) to design the materials for the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival. Without even realizing that 2014 marks the 25th anniversary, I used the film's catalytic character, Radio Raheem, as a muse for this year's design.
The festival theme is music with an emphasis on how music and film can be used to educate and empower, and inspire change. For me, Do The Right Thing speaks to this, more specifically with the Radio Raheem character and his boombox blasting Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."
In addition to DTRT, activism, political/cultural/social justice, and propaganda posters were all themes that inspired the direction of the design for the festival.
Whether it's hitting up the block party in BK, watching the film, blasting "Fight the Power" or getting it in like Tina/Rosie Perez at a dance party, I hope you'll get to celebrate Do The Right Thing in some way this weekend.
For more information about the BlackStar Film Festival click here.