135th and Infinity focuses on telling the stories of the African Diaspora that are true to the integrity of the global Black experience (struggles, identity, moral conflicts and social conditions). The opportunity to address such issues as gentrification, black male identity, substance abuse, and coming of age, intelligently and poetically, is the main goal of 135.
Our stories bridge the gap between the older and younger generations; incorporating the elements of hip-hop, drama, film -- and life above 110th street.
UNCOMPROMISING, SOUL STIRRING, HILARIOUS, AND REAL
Up the corner, Turn the block, walk straight ahead
135th & Infinity … The place
“WHERE THE STREET MEETS THE MIND”
James Gillard is a filmmaker writer whose films and plays focus on telling the stories of the African Diaspora that are true to the integrity of the global Black experience (struggles, identity, moral conflicts and social conditions).
His first short film, “Out Of Focus,” was selected as the “1999 Best Short Film Winner” of the Harlem Film Festival. It was also a finalist in the 2002 “Hollywood Black Film Festival.” It has been in numerous festivals in the country. Most recently it was featured at the 2004 BAMCINEMATEX Next Cinema slam.
His last few projects have included the production of two stage plays. “A MESSAGE IN OUR MUSIC” written by James and produced by famed playwright WOODIE KING as part of Henry Street Settlement’s “GREAT BLACK ONE ACTS 2000.” It was also featured in the “FRINGE NYC 2001 Play Festival.
His full length play “DESTINY MANIFESTED” premiered at the 2003 Downtown Urban Theater Festival, where it won “best audience winner,” it has since been showcased at The Theater For the New City, presented in June 2004 at The “JUNETEENTH LEGACY THEATER”, and showcased at the University of California at SANTA CRUZ. In May of 2005 it was presented at the Paul Robeson Theater in Brooklyn.
One of his short stories, ”THE DISS”, was published in the 2003 edition of the Literary Journal, “SIGNIFYIN HARLEM.” His other short story “Jazz is Hip-Hop” was featured in the Summer/Fall 2003 edition of NYU’s Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire magazine and recently won the Harlem Short Story Contest sponsored by The NATIONAL BLACK PROGRAMMING CONSORTIUM
In June 2005 his play “PENDEMONIUM”, opened the 5th annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater in New York and in Nov 2007 was showcased at Van PUTTEN STUDIOS in New York City. . In April 2006 his short film version of the play “PENDEMONIUM”, premiered at the ACTNOW Foundation screening in Brooklyn New York, and has since been screened at the San Francisco Short Film Festival, and at the BET SHOWCASE in CALIFORNIA 2008
He has just completed his current short film titled “JAZZ IS HIP HOP.” And is currently working on his new project “WHERE IS THE LOVE.” Coming SOON.