dream hampton (stylized in lower case letters, in emulation of feminist author bell hooks, who was an early influence) is a cultural critic and filmmaker.
Hampton is originally from Detroit but has lived between New York and Detroit for most of her professional career. She currently is based primarily in the Detroit area, where her mother and family reside. She is mixed race (her father is African-American, her mother is white). She studied film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she filmed her neighbor, and recently signed rap artist Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace for a documentary class. She has since been involved in a series of film projects. She was an associate producer of VH1's Emmy-award winning Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G. and co-producer of Bigger than Life, the first feature-length documentary on the rapper, directed by Peter Spier. Her short film "I am Ali" was an entry at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won "Best Short Film" at Vanity Fair's Newport Film Festival.
She was a co-executive producer of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012), associate producer of The Russian Winter (2012), director of the music video "QueenS" (2012) for SubPop artists TheeSatisfaction!"QueenS" was Hampton's music video directorial debut; however, this was not her first time directing. Hampton previously directed the above-mentioned "I Am Ali" as well as Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert (2012)...
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