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Beautiful Losers / Sidetrack Films presents a Manzanita Brothers Production ; a film by Aaron Rose ; co-director Joshua Leonard
Call Number: DVD 709.22 BEAUTIFUL
Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation. In the early 1990's a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip-hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, has now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring Ed Templeton who skated pro for New Skateboards winning awards all over the world, Harmony Korine who wrote the cult favorite Kids and then went on to direct Gummo and most recently Mister Lonely and Mike Mills who designed album covers for The Beastie Boys, Beck, Sonic Youth and directed the movie Thumbsucker. Also starring Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson, Margaret Kilgallen, Stephen Powers, Thomas Campbell and Shepard Fairey who has experienced recent success with the now famous 'Hope' poster featuring Barack Obama.
Wild Style / Charlie Ahearn Presents ; Directed, Produced, and written by Charlie Ahearn ; original concept, Fred Brathwaite, Charlie Ahearn
Call Number: PN1997 .W55 2013
The slender story line of "Wild Style" features red-hot graffiti artist Zoro. He's got girl and family trouble, but is discovered by a reporter, and thus embarks on a journey from outsider to gallery artist. This low-budget art movie is almost documentary in that it includes a who's who of early hip-hop, which was a creative movement played out in Bronx basements, kitchens, dingy bars, and on stoops, one of many things to do on Saturday night. The film is a panoply of the war-zone streets that birthed hip-hop, freestyle MCs, break dancing, and beautifully, meticulously tagged subway trains from the days when hip-hop was more than just music--it was a small, self-selecting, micro youth culture as specific to New York as the Statue of Liberty. The film is a fascinating time capsule for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip-hop, practically anthropological, not so much old skool as pre-school.
Keepintime: A Live Recording
A lineup of veteran L.A. jazz/soul session drummers and percussionists meet their hip-hop descendents in this concert documentary filmed at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre. Some of L.A.'s premiere DJs, including Madlib, Cut Chemist and Shortkut, perform their turntable magic to beats laid down by master drummers Paul Humphrey (Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane, Frank Zappa), Earl Palmer (Frank Sinatra, James Brown) and James Gadson (Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers).
Paris Is Burning, A Production of Off White Productions, Inc. ; produced and directed by Jennie Livingston ; co-producer, Barry Swimar ; executive producers, Nigel Finch, Davis Lacy
Call Number: DVD 306.766 P218
An unblinking behind the scenes story of fashion obsessed New Yorkers who created "voguing" and drag balls, and turned these raucous celebrations into a powerful expression pf personal pride. The world within a world is instantly familiar, filled with ambitions, desires and yearnings that reflect America itself. PARIS IS BURNING is an intimate portrait of one urban community, a world in which the allure of high fashion, status and wealth becomes an affirmation of love, acceptance and joy.
American Hardcore : The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986 / Producers, Steven Blush, Paul Rachman ; Director, Paul Rachman
Call Number: YA DVD 781.66 AMERICAN
Through interviews, rare footage, and performances, view the world of the '80s hardcore punk scene and the parallels between the government at the time and this new movement. Includes bands such as the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Bad Brains, and more.
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Best Of, Hood/Urban Movies
In the late 80's/early 90's during the height of the Gangsta Rap Movement led by the likes of N.W.A., Ice-T, & Tupac Shakur, a new genre of black/Hispanic film sprang up, referred to as hood movies. Basically, these films are all about the reality of growing up in the ghetto.These tales are often compelling, sometimes comical, and usually end up tragically. - Eric-Scissorhands (Retrieved from IMDb)
Hip Hop Documentaries
Documentaries about HipHop culture based on any or all of its four elements (MC, DJ, BBoy, Graffiti), bio docs highlighting prominent HipHop artists, in some cases docs that are more music business focused, and in some noteworthy cases I included concert videos of sorts, but sometimes it's a judgement call. Currently this list is a work in progress. I'm trying to include any and all HipHop documentaries good bad and ugly, so if I missed one, please feel free to let me know. - They-Call-Me-Steve (Retrieved from IMDb)