The Sound of Southside

  • Director

    Tyrel Hunt

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 01:17:30

  • Category

    Narrative Feature

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

CHASING SUCCESS: 2 films about the GRIND.

April 20, 2024 @ 3:00PM • MoMI – Redstone

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In a rapidly gentrifying Queens NYC, Maliki — a young Jazz musician — sets out on a journey to continue his father’s legacy and reopen his famous Jazz club.

Along the way he meets Afeni, a passionate, yet homesick actress from Jamaica.

When Maliki secretly accepts an ill-advised donation from a local philanthropist, he finds himself in a web of corruption and deceit. As he attempts to navigate his way out, Afeni toils with a secret of her own.


Tyrel Hunt, Director, Writer, Producer
Amanda Morris Hunt, Key Cast
James Ross, Key Cast

Director Statement

The idea for the Sound of Southside was conceived in a cramped apartment, filled to the brim with Jazz artists. While the musicians worked on the score for my first film “April Again” back in 2018, I sat witness for hours as colorful language and insightful conversations bounced off of the walls. By combining the creative energy that I experienced that day, with the social and cultural themes that I’ve picked up while working at a Nonprofit Arts center in the heart of Jamaica Queens, this story was born.

The Sound of Southside was a community effort. Local organizations, small businesses and everyday people are the reasons that this story came to life. I did not take this commitment and responsibility lightly. I hope you have as much fun watching this film as we did making it.

Director Biography

Tyrel Hunt is a writer, filmmaker and cultural worker from Queens, New York. As a filmmaker, he wrote, edited and directed the award winning feature film “April Again”. His second feature film “The Sound of Southside” is now set to premiere.