Akira's Hip Hop Shop – 37 Min. Akira's Hip Hop Shop is a romantic comedy/drama about an expatriate Japanese hip-hop DJ (James Kyson Lee) who owns a record store with his best friend Jeremy. When Daphne (Emayatzy Corinealdi), a young Black culinary student, walks into his shop his life is changed forever. Does love conquer all? Or will prejudice and politics drive the couple apart? Joe Doughrity – Writer / Director The son of an educator, Joe grew up an avid reader and developed hobbies ranging from sports to comic books, videogames, and a fascination with Japanese culture. His first big job in Hollywood was as a Production Assistant on John Singleton's debut film "Boyz N the Hood". This was the start of a fiveyear collaboration with the Oscar nominated director including serving as his personal assistant on the films "Poetic Justice" and "Higher Learning". Joe recognized the significance of the Internet early and worked in the dotcom industry beginning in 1999 as a Content Provider for new media startup Psylum, Incorporated. When Psylum was purchased by USA Networks' Sci-fi Channel, Joe was chosen to re-launch the Psycomic website and recruited iconic filmmaker Kevin Smith ("Clerks") to write a weekly column that became the basis of his book Kevin Smith Speaks. Psycomic became a leading destination on the Internet for fans of comic books and graphic novels. He continues to work on the web serving as the Video Editor for PopCultureShock.com, a leading news, review, and interview site focusing on comics, movies and videogames. Joe has written and edited for comic books (for Caliber Press, publishers of The Crow and U.N. Force), magazines (The Source, Rappages, Straight From the Lip), and motion pictures (see partial credits below). As a documentarian, he created electronic press kits for the urban romance "Jason's Lyric" and Tony Bill's "A Home of our Own". Joe's "Seven Days in Japan", a documentary he wrote, produced and directed, won Best Documentary at the 2005 San Diego Comic-con Film Festival. "Seven Days in Japan" debuted on cable’s BET-Jazz channel in February of 2007. As a screenwriter, Joe has written for studios and production companies such as HBO ("Wheels of Steel: The KRS One/Scott La Rock Story"), Mandalay Films ("Grandmaster Flash") and New Line Cinema. His recent scripts include "Motown Miracle: Soul on Ice", the true story of a Black hockey team from his native Detroit, "Cornerstore", a day in the life look at a liquor store, and "Akira's Hip hop Shop", an interracial romantic dramedy. Joseph received his BFA from Columbia College where he majored in Cinema Studies. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
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