When a talented but unknown MC (played by Hopie) struggles to find her voice in the world of mainstream hip hop, she meets a young ballerina who reminds her that her unique perspective is important.
In the story, Hopie and Emma, both displaced by what they think should be their creative communities, are able to open up and collaborate in the supportive environment they have created and build off of each other. The process for making the film has been exactly that; a collaboration between filmmaker Laura Valladao, hip hop artist Hopie, and choreographer Ari Rallis. The combination of these three art forms, especially from the perspectives of women is something that we rarely see on screen.
Snowflakes is Laura Valladao’s pre-thesis film at New York University’s Graduate Film Program Tisch. That means that the film is a culmination of a year’s worth of work and the support by the Tisch faculty, pedagogy, and structure.
About the Director:
Laura Valladao is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Cinematography from New York University where she has been awarded the Dean’s Fellowship.