Kids. Community. Hip-hop.

The third day of The Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival features an inspirational documentary detailing the growth of The Cipher in Austin. The Cipher was founded in 2007 and as a project that focuses on bringing youth together through music, poetry and activism. It ranges from young kids to young adults, males to females and in my opinion they rip poetry and flows like you wouldn’t believe!


Photo from Cipher’s website.

Inspired by “The Hip Hop Project,” a film produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah in New York City, this local version has been affectionately coined “Austin’s Hip Hop Project.” In the film that will be shown at Lights Camera Help, youth are introduced to self-expression through hip-hop while also becoming involved with each other and local nonprofits. One of my favorite outcomes in the film is the relationships that develop between the young adults in the program and the local music industry.

Check out a recent piece of the The Cipher’s work at Voices Erupt- Riot the Silence to End Dating Violence. Pretty good stuff.

To check out The Cipher and other great films for a cause, purchase your tickets to the Lights Camera Help film festival. The best part about it is that ticket sales go to the winning films and the great causes – like the Cipher’s — to help them share their message.


Post writen by Michael Elizondo – Student Volunteer.