Rest In Peace DJ Screw: A Virtual Tribute and Panel Discussion
Co-presented with the CAMH
with director Isaac Yowman, producer Miriam Heads, DJ Screw's Sister Michelle Wheeler, and board member Bun B
On the 20th anniversary of DJ Screw's untimely passing on November 16th, 2000, the Houston Cinema Arts Festival celebrates the life and legacy of H-Town's own legendary DJ and producer DJ Screw. Best known as the creator of the "Chopped and Screwed" DJ technique, Screw was a central and influential figure in the Houston Hip Hop community and was the leader of Houston's Screwed Up Click. His 350 plus mixtapes continue to be sold at a brisk pace at Houston's Screwed Up Records and Tapes shop. The New York Times' pop music critic Jon Caramanica characterizes DJ Screw as "an underappreciated avant-gardist, creator of a sui generis sound that’s still growing and mutating."
This program includes select scenes from the scripted visual tribute All Screwed Up which is being released in November. All Screwed Up director Isaac Yowman will participate in the panel discussion along with producer Miriam Heads, DJ Screw's sister Michelle Wheeler, and Houston rap legend and Houston Cinema Arts Society board member Bun B of UGK, moderated by HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green.
It’s been well over 25 years since Bernard Freeman—known better to the world as Bun B—changed the hip-hop landscape as one half of the legendary UGK alongside the late Pimp C. In 2006 Bun B won an ASCAP Award for Top R&B/Hip Hop Song for his writing and performance on the single “Give Me That” and also holds an MTV Music Award for Best R&B Video for Beyonce’s “Check On It”. His third solo album, 2010’s Trill O.G. was met with critical acclaim. By 2013, he would release his last project before his musical break, The Epilogue. As a professor of Theology at Houston’s Rice University, Bun along with Professor Anthony Pinn led a course about Religion and Hip-Hop Culture. In August 2018, Bun B delivered Return of the Trill, a full length effort produced by Big K.R.I.T.. From selling millions of albums to Grammy nominations, changing academia, publishing, sneaker, food, and car culture, plus philanthropy, there isn’t much that Bun B hasn’t done. Bun B is also a board member of the Houston Cinema Arts Society.
Miriam Heads is a producer and filmmaker with an affinity for counter-culture and storytelling that showcases the many nuanced facets of underrepresented voices. Since starting her career in 2018, she has produced commercial and visual content for Adidas, Reebok, international music artist Runtown, NBA Hall-of -Famer Tracy McGrady, and many more. All Screwed Up is her first narrative project, of which she produced alongside Isaac Yowman, the film’s director.
Isaac Yowman, better known as Chill Vibes in the music industry, is a multi-platinum, Grammy & Stellar nominated creative powerhouse. In the Film & Television industry Yowman has also made a huge impact as a Creative Director, and is the owner of one of the nations top multimedia firms, IYO Agency.
The Houston native's talent and drive has allowed him to collaborate with a slew of brands & talents such as Beyonce, Sony Pictures, Microsoft, Chris Brown, Adidas, Marvel Studios, VH1 Ciroc, Trey Songz, Ford Motors, Future, Common, Runtown, Russell Simmons, Ty Dolla, NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, NFL Pro Bowler Arian Foster and MLB World Champion Chris Devinski and so many more.
With dual degrees in Entertainment Business & Audio Engineering from Full Sail University, his passion to continue to educate hisself and others is a priority. Isaac defines success as being able to leave a legacy that empowers other creatives and the community. He continues to keep this purpose at the forefront of his endeavors as he continues to create and inspire daily.