Bushwick Bill: Geto Boy
with Gregy Roman, Bun B, and Javon Shaw
This virtual program is available globally for a week beginning Nov 13 at 7:30pm. Followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with the filmmakers, Bushwick Bill's son Javon Shaw, and Bun B.
Also available in person on Nov 12 at 7:00pm at MFAH with talent in person, for more information visit here. Encore screening on Nov 17 at 7:30pm at Rice Cinema, for more information visit here.
This program is part of The Third Coast section.
Censorship couldn’t silence him. Size couldn’t limit him. A bullet couldn’t slow him down. A raw cinematic ride into the mind of Bushwick Bill (born Richard Shaw) legendary Gangsta Rapper and original member of The Geto Boys - godfathers of Southern Hip Hop. The film chronicles Bill’s improbable journey from immigrant to icon and sheds new light on the infamous shooting that nearly took his life.
|United States, 2021
|Richard "Bushwick Bill" Shaw
|Gregy Roman, Michele Fleischi, Aaron Sainz
|78 MINS, SECS
|Film, The Third Coast
Gregy Roman was raised on hip-hop culture, skateboarding, and underground cinema. After attending Pittsburgh Filmmakers, he moved to Los Angeles and began honing his craft on numerous music videos, films and commercials. He cut his teeth working for diverse and noted filmmakers like Errol Morris, Barry Levinson, Dick Wolf, and Roger Corman. These experiences helped him to immerse himself in the filmmaking process as he found his own voice and style. He took the natural but difficult leap to directing and producing projects for Banksy, Vans, Obey, Hurley, 6 Point Harness, Volcom, and the Museum of Contemporary Art to name a few. Always drawn to underdogs and outsider characters, his most recent project is a feature documentary on the gangsta- rapper, Bushwick Bill of the legendary Geto Boys.
Before his journey into filmmaking, Gregy was an employee of the United States Postal Service, an exiled comic-book repairman, a failed athlete, and a vet of the drug war. Currently, he films, writes, bullshits, and resides in Los Angeles.
Bernard "Bun B" Freeman
As one-half of Underground Kingz, Bernard "Bun B" Freeman created much of the language and style that informs modern street rap, whether it's the gleaming "candy paint" of tricked-out classic Chevys, or simply being "trill," or too real for haters. He rose to fame in the influential rap duo UGK, winning numerous awards including a Grammy nomination. Bun B has also been featured on albums with several other notable artists with guest appearances on the Jay- Z hit single “Big Pimpin” and Beyonce’s chart-topper “Check On It.” His solo projects include Trill (which opened at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200 and peaking at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart), Trill OG was released in 2010 and Trill OG: The Epilogue in 2013.
Today, Bun B has grown into an elder statesman, collaborating with and mentors younger hit makers like Kirko Bangz, a young Houston rapper. More importantly, he has often spoken about the unique subculture of Southern rap, and why it deserves as much respect as any form of popular music. Since 2011, Bun B has been a guest lecturer on religion and hip-hop culture, in a course taught by Professor Anthony Pinn at Rice University in Houston. A practicing Baptist, he's married with two children and a grandchild. He also co-owns a food blog, www.yougottaeatthis.com, which features exotic how-to tutorials like "cooking with Himalayan salt blocks."