Antonio Hernandez Presents
GARNISH POP-UP FILM FESTIVAL VOL. 01
Antonio Hernandez, photo by Keem Griffey
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 2017
WHERE: Songbyrd Music House ADDRESS: 2477 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009
COST TO SUBMIT WORK: Free
FILMMAKER SUBMISSION FORM: bitly.com/garnishff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Prince George’s County based filmmaker Antonio Hernandez, founder of online publication and platform Electric Llama, will premiere the latest episode of his “Garnish” web series at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 22nd, 2017 at the Pop-Up Film Festival Vol. 01. This episode, the thirteenth in the series, will feature interviews and performance footage from D.C.-area artists including Ciscero, Matt McGhee, Nag Champa captured at last November’s “Portals” show, a concert series curated by Jamal Gray.
Building upon the momentum from his first screening and premiere event, The Filmmaker Talk Shop, sponsored by Creative Edge Collaborative (Hyattsville, MD), Antonio will also screen works from other local filmmakers and visual artists. “I want to use my documentary series as a springboard for bringing filmmakers, artists of all mediums and audiences together,” says Antonio who started producing “Garnish” in May 2016. The mission of the series is to highlight culture, creatives and conversations in the D.C. and Baltimore regions. “This pop-up film festival is an experiment,” says Antonio, who hopes to make this one of many, and eventually a “renowned traveling film festival” in the region.
Following the screening, there will be an informal time for networking and Q&A with Antonio and all the available filmmakers who submitted works.
Attendees at the Filmmaker Talk Shop, hosted at The Gateway Arts Media Lab in Mt. Rainier, said that “Garnish” was “inspirational,” “informative,” and noted that the artists have a “safe space to network.”
Antonio is a native Washingtonian, raised in Northwest D.C. and in neighboring Prince George’s County. After graduating from Towson University with a B.A. in International Studies, he interned and then subsequently worked at Voice of America, as a media logger, production assistant, and contributor. At the same time, he supported ECO City Farms’ mission by volunteering himself, serving as the Volunteer Coordinator, blogging, and leading the art portion of their Summer Youth Program since 2014.
For his work in the local arts communities – including his mix series “Melt,” interviews, DJ nights and “Garnish” – Baltimore City Paper awarded Antonio “Best Renaissance Man” in its 2016 “Best of” edition. Antonio is a member of Hyattsville-based nonprofit “Creative Edge,” which works to support and promote local filmmakers. By day, Antonio is a Program and External Communications for local nonprofit organization Food Recovery Network, where he pursues his passions for food justice, communications, design, and development.
Garnish is the premiere web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media.