On September 5th, Houston, TX Mayor Annise Parker and popular radio DJ Jillian “JJ” Simmons from hip-hop and R&B station 97.9 The Box will be honored with two visual poems about these hometown “folklore heroes” by Folklore Films.

Both women will join the ranks of other Houston icons such as rapper Bun B, DJ Sun of The Flat, Robert Lopez, founder of Kickin’ Kombucha, Marcus Davis, creator of the Breakfast Klub, David Cordua behind the Cordua restaurants and more previously featured by the production company. Folklore Films are self proclaiming “telling better stories to our city [Houston], about our city through visual poetry.”

The non-profit film company highlights “human stories” and features members of the Houston community who they find noteworthy. Showcasing the narratives of these chosen few, their talents, their philanthropy projects and their all around impact on the city as a whole, the films will hopefully inspire others to “cross-pollinate” and find value in new cultures, ideas, personalities, food, art and locations.

The Honorable Mayor Annise Parker Trailer One from marlon hall on Vimeo.
THE HONORABLE MAYOR ANNISE PARKER TRAILER 2 from marlon hall on Vimeo.

Annise Parker’s visual poem will focus on her terms as Mayor as well as how her life experiences are reflected in her leadership of the city of Houston and have influenced her personal character growth.

JILLIAN SIMMONS TRAILER ONE from marlon hall on Vimeo.
JILLIAN SIMMONS TRAILER 2 from marlon hall on Vimeo.

JJ Simmon’s visual poem will showcase how her voice on the radio has transcended sound waves into a physical, present voice in the community through her I’m ME foundation which hopes to better the lives of all but focuses on young women, providing positive programs regarding life skills, self-worth, health and beauty and social etiquette among other issues.

Friday’s event will be held at 7pm at Folklore Films Studio 4118 Fannin St. Following the screening of both films will be a reception and mixer for those who attend. Guests can look forward to live performances by the musicians and artists featured in both visual poems. There will also be an open-forum talk back with the creators involved with the films as well as appearances from the honorable mentioned Mayor Parker and “JJ” Simmons themselves. This is a brilliant and creative way to honor creative, positive and promising Houstonians.

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