Short Films of Kristian R. Hill

Kristian R. Hill was born in Detroit, and with encouragement from his parents became involved in computer arts at an early age. Driven by a thirst to tell true stories, Kristian eventually began directing and in 2014 garnered an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Best Children's Television Program for Postcards: Mandela. Later that year, his short film, Electric Roots: The Detroit Sound Project, was selected to screen at the Court Mértage- Cannes Short Film Corner. In 2019, he was invited by the Detroit Free Press International Film Festival to show a rough cut of his feature-length documentary, God Said Give'em Drum Machines - the Story of Detroit Techno. Over the course of making God Said Give'em Drum Machines, Hill, along with his partner, Jennifer Washington and, Film Producer, David Grandison, have made 8 short films exploring Detroit electronic dance music and technoculture as the Detroit Sound Project.

THE #technoMecca @fusicology MIXTAPE is a visual “mixtape” recap of the 2012 Movement Electronic Music Festival, which is held each Memorial Day weekend at Hart Plaza since 2006. The experimental short film captures the essence of the annual festival - after parties and all. Marc Kinchen, Stacy Pullen, Kyle Hall, Jay Daniel, Eddie Flashin' Fowlkes, The Wizard and Kevin Saunderson are just a few of the Detroit electronic dance music legends making an appearance in this seven-minute clip.

The Detroit Sound Project: Al Ester is a portrait of Detroit most energetic DJ and fabled dance music curator. This was the first short film produced by the Detroit Sound Project in 2011. The four-minute short film beautifully illustrates Ester's career influences and highlights in Detroit dance music history.  

Remembering Huck with Reggie Dokes is the latest Detroit Sound Project short film produced to commemorate the passing of Detroit DJ, Producer, Educator and Tastemaker – Mike Huckaby. Huckaby died in April 2020 due to complications of a stroke and Covid-19. Fellow Detroit DJ and Producer, Reggie Dokes, poetically commemorates his friend - “Huck” - in this captivating short film. 

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