The Quintessential Gentleman was given the opportunity to interview Ralph Celestin, an up and coming Boston native filmmaker whose first film, Boston2Philly will be released to streaming on Amazon this week.
Boston2Philly which has already gained awards and nominations at notable film festivals will finally be released to the public.
Boston2Philly is a coming of age story about a young black male who relocates to a new city after a tragic accident. It touches on issues such as the affluenza controversy, racial inequality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The master behind the piece opened exclusively with me. Recounting how the inspiration of the film stemmed from his actual life and how he traveled from Boston to Philadelphia and how moving to new city with lots of good things. The writing process was naturally inspired. “The words kind of spewed on my paper within a span of 4-5 hours and the Boston2Philly was born.” Ralph, who relocated to Philadelphia, offered a sense of pride in his filmmaking. He felt an obligation to showcase the city in a way that it hasn’t been done before. Ralph mentioned “Philadelphia’s pretty tough reputation outside of the city and a lot of people don’t know what that is. So I took it upon myself to shoulder that the responsibility to showcase in a way that people thought it was beautiful and artistic. “
As if thousands of movies haven’t been made in Philadelphia, Ralph says that his film differs from the rest because “There aren’t too many films that viewers can say is similar to Boston2Philly because we rely on so many different types of genres and the element of spoken word. Because even in musical scene, I made Boston2Philly under the precedent that I wanted it to be different and not easily connected to something else.”