Film phase: Production
Mannix, a high school freshman, prepares for the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching, and Learning Science), an annual rap battle exclusively made up of science-themed rhymes from New York City public school kids. For Mannix, winning the competition would allow him to craft his musical skills, which he hopes will one day transform his world and lift him, his mom, and baby sister out of the projects. The film shows us that, despite the stereotype, Black and Latino youth do engage in science fields, and with a personalized twist.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Chelsi Bullard is an independent video editor turned director based in Harlem, NY. She likes to attach herself to stories that take the viewer to little known worlds and introduce them to courageous and outspoken characters. Most recently, she edited the short I Was Here First (2015), which premiered at DOC NYC and was produced as a part of the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio in Brooklyn, NY where Chelsi was a media arts fellow.
Kids Can Spit is her feature directorial debut.