I write and direct films…and yes, I rap too.
I am a fan of and advocate for the many extraordinary (and often unsung) artists, filmmakers, poets and musicians living in my hometown of Birmingham, England.
In the last 15 years I’ve written, directed and produced dozens of short films, promos, documentaries and music videos. Right now I’m slowly chiselling away at two feature film projects.
I’ve been rapping since 1991 and have performed throughout Europe and the US as part of various rap groups. I’ve co-hosted monthly hip-hop nights in Birmingham and have opened up shows for such hip-hop luminaries as Public Enemy, Dilated Peoples, Task Force, Jehst, Souls of Mischief, The Pharcyde and One Self.
For over 20 years I’ve coached young rappers and filmmakers and facilitated personal development courses and creative workshops.
I’m a fan of Kubrick, Kieslowski and Malick. I’m inspired by Tierra Whack, Lee Scott, clipping, the fictional work of Frederick Buechner & Flannery O’Connor, Afrofuturism, Mike Patton’s howl, disc golf and dancing with my daughters.
Check out my favourite 25 feature films in order of their release HERE.
Get In Touch
Reach me here: [email protected]
© Joel the Custodian 2021