|Topie: GNXT Movie Screenings May 25, 2009
||**Sorry folks film selections have just changed to FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME, SCRATCH,
BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES, and BLING: A PLANET ROCK (BLOOD, DIAMONDS, AND HIP HOP)
Generation NXT will be hosting a FREE movie screening of "Bomb It" & "Sling Shot"
When: Monday May 25, 2009
Where: The Cupola Theatre, Honolulu Design Center
How Much: FREE!!!
FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME
Over ten years in the making, FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME, provides an explosive inside look into the creative framework of hip-hop culture and the improvisational art of freestyle - where MC’s express themselves by creating rhymes in the moment. Following some of hip-hop’s biggest luminaries, FREESTYLE explores the art form’s history, rules, legendary MC battles, taboos, social impact, and the previously unexamined dimensions of improvisational rapping as a spiritual and community-based art form. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott hails FREESTYLE as “Joyful! Ferocious! A celebration of the verbal artistry of hip-hop - A rousing education in an art form that is too often misunderstood” while Jami Bernard of The NY Daily News writes, “The Hollywood version is “8 Mile” but the real thing is this admiring documentary that explores the phenomenon with spirit. It contains footage that is as exciting as an Ali/Foreman fight.”
Directed by rising filmmaker Kevin Fitzgerald (a.k.a. DJ Organic),
FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME documents the freestyle scene from the early 1980s through the present day, featuring a who’s who list of seminal hip-hop figures including MC Supernatural, Mos Def, Roots members Black Thought & Questlove, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Freestyle Fellowship, Lord Finesse, Cut Chemist, Craig G, DJ Kool Herc, Juice, Boots of the Coup, Medusa, Planet Asia, MTV’s Sway, Crazy Legs, Jurassic 5 members Cut Chemist, DJ Numark & Chali Tuna, Wordsworth, Bobbito Garcia, and The Last Poets, providing a rarely seen portrait of hip hop that is at once entertaining, historical, and educational.
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Director Doug Pray (Hype) pays tribute to the innovative art of DJing in the electrifying documentary Scratch. Featuring the most legendary figures in the DJ scene, Pray's film is at once a deeply insightful historical document and a highly entertaining glimpse into the world of underground hip-hop. Modern luminaries such as DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys), DJ Q-bert, Rob Swift, and DJ Swamp are interviewed alongside living legends like Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay, and Grand Mixer DXT, in order to paint a broad, comprehensive picture of how DJing has evolved over the years.
Seamlessly cutting between interviews and actual footage filmed at several high-profile DJing contests including Skratchcon 2000 and the DMC U.S. Finals, Pray's film is a must-see for both seasoned fans and the uninitiated, a celebration of one of the late-20th century's most thrilling, original musical movements.
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BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES
HIP-HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES is a riveting documentary that examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through the lens of filmmaker Byron Hurt, a former college quarterback turned activist. Conceived as a “loving critique” from a self-proclaimed “hip-hop head,” Hurt examines issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture. Hip-Hop:
Beyond Beats and Rhymes” to have its television premiere on the PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Terrence Howard, on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 10 p.m.
HIP-HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES, produced and directed by Byron Hurt, is a co-production of God Bless the Child Productions, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). Executive Producer is Stanley Nelson. Executive Producer for ITVS is Sally Jo Fifer. Co-producer and Editor is Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.
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BLING: A PLANET ROCK (BLOOD, DIAMONDS, AND HIP HOP) You might have spent thousands on the diamond you're blingin'... but do you know how much it really costs? In this riveting, unforgettable film, hip-hop celebrities Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Paul Wall and Tego Calderon travel to war-torn Sierra Leone, West Africa, and come face to face with the victims of the blood diamond industry so deeply entwined in hip-hop. The filmmakers explore the cultural significance of diamond jewelry in hip-hop and trace its evolution from early '80s old-school ghetto culture to the bling-encrusted billion-dollar industry it is today. Featuring Ishmael Beah, best-selling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and interviews with Kanye West, Big Daddy Kane, Jadakiss and Mr. T, Bling is without question one of the most powerful films you will ever see.
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*** More movie features to come at Undivided a Hip Hop Movement 2009 May 29-30, 2009. Hosted by Weyland Southon of KPFA Hard Knock Radio Berkly***
||tonight at 7. FREE!