Writer / Rapper / Actor
Jinho “Piper” Ferreira is a writer, rapper, and actor from Oakland, California. His alternative hip-hop band Flipsyde has toured internationally with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Akon, The Game and more. Piper won the Creative Promise Award for screenwriting at Tribeca All Access. Frustrated by police violence in his community, Piper paid his own way through the police academy, graduated in the top percentile, and gave the commencement speech at the academy graduation. He later wrote and starred in his solo play Cops and Robbers, touring it nationwide and penning the screenplay for which he was selected to participate in the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. Piper assisted in the creation of a community focused unit within the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office that worked with therapists and community leaders to address the factors that create crime, as opposed to just the people that commit crime. Piper recently received the Rainin grant through SFFILM and toured with Pop Up Magazine to tell his story. He is a member of the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2019, Piper resigned from the Sheriff’s Office after 8 years of service. He is currently writing the pilot for his TV Series which is produced by Entertainment One.
Artist's Chosen Interviews:
- Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira of Flipsyde Takes "Cops and Robbers" on the Road to Rio
- Cops and Rappers
- An Officer and a Thespian
- Rapper Turned Cop Jinho 'The Piper' Ferreira Tells Story of Police Shooting from Both Sides
Artist's Chosen Resources:
The two books on storytelling that have benefitted me most are Story by Robert McKee, and The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri. These books were recommended to me by a colleague at SFFILMS. I took approximately 30 pages of notes on Story and over 20 on The Art of Dramatic Writing.
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
- The Art of Dramatic Writing
As far as I’m concerned Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston channel the collective and eternal soul of blackness. When reading their books I feel as if I’m being loved, cherished, understood, chastised, disciplined, beaten, and compassionately led to a brighter future. I recommend them for anyone writing about black people.
Michael Harriot and Davey D are amazing historians and thought leaders in the Hip-Hop/Black/Journalist communities. I check in with them at least every other day for current events.
SpearitWurx is a husband and wife team in Oakland that has created and facilitated events around family, healing, and education for over 20 years. Their latest creation is the Experience Sankofa Project - A Living Museum from Africa to Oakland. Their work is always refreshing and forward thinking.
Shadow and Act gives me all film and TV related news.
I work out 3-5 times a week. My workouts mostly consist of martial arts (kick-boxing and Capoeira) and weightlifting. When I’m working on a project I typically wake up between 4 and 4:30AM and go to sleep by 11PM.
Of course, none of what I have written above has helped me more than interacting with and honoring the community that I create for. Becoming their servant and protector through my words; writing what they need and want to see as opposed to just what I want to write. This has been my most difficult challenge.