Amateur is a short film prequel to the forthcoming feature film titled Manchild by Ryan Koo, an indie filmmaker and founder of the creative website, No Film School. The feature will follow TJ, a 13-year-old high school athlete, through the competitive world of youth basketball, while this short focuses on an encounter between a street agent and a high school basketball player.
Watch the short film entitled Amateur below.
You can’t talk about electronic music without mentioning Detroit. That’s why in the second edition of Real Scenes, RA and Bench went to the city which birthed the genre we now call techno.
Detroit has always had a creative streak, due in large part to the boom and subsequent bust of the auto industry. Quite simply, Detroit is a city of extremes, and its music reflects that. These days, Detroit’s importance in the global electronic music scene is often referred to in the past tense. When we visited the city, though, we found a number of artists with their eyes (and ears) firmly set towards the future. After our time in the Motor City, it’s clear to us that Detroit will endure and innovate for years to come.
Watch “Real Scenes: Detroit” below.
Willie Witte, a documentary filmmaker behind the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, prints out still video frames and uses them to create some mind-blowing transitions in his experimental video entitled “ScreenGrab.” This is pretty trippy. It feels like your eyes are playing tricks on you.
Watch Willie Witte’s “ScreenGrab” video below.
“His production methods, his ear, his inner ear…the way he heard music was unlike any other producer, ever.”
The late legendary hip-hop producer J Dilla needs no introduction.
His mother Maureen and friends J. Rocc, DJ Spinna, Frank Nitt and Grap Luva celebrate his life and open the storage locker of his vinyl collection, never-before-seen to the public, in this segment of Fuse’s profile series, Crate Diggers.
If you’ve never heard of this iconic producer before, you are definitely in for a treat.
Watch “J Dilla’s Vinyl Collection – Crate Diggers” below.
The folks of SoundWorks Collection discuss the creation behind the sound design and music in the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, with the film’s director Brian Helgeland, composer Mark Isham, re-recording mixer Jeff Haboush, re-recording mixer Chris Carpenter, supervising sound editor Jon Johnson.
Watch “Sound and Music of 42” below.
This is a film everyone needs to see.
Last night, Ken Burns’ chilling documentary, The Central Park Five, premiered on PBS creating buzz all over social media. The film chronicled the dehumanization, racial, and systematic injustice of five Black and Latino teenagers (Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, and Antron McCray) from Harlem, who were wrongfully accused and coerced into being the culprits of the heinous Central Park jogger rape case of a 28-year-old white woman in 1989.
If you missed this film, now worries. You can watch it below and you can pre-order the dvd now, which will be released on April 23.
Also, the folks of The New York Times will discuss the issues raised in the doc with director/writer Ken Burns, co-director and author Sarah Burns, New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer, who covered the case and is interviewed in the film, and the exonerated Central Park Five at nytimes.com/cityroom from 6:30pm-8pm today. Be sure to check it out.
Watch The Central Park Five below.
The Central Park Five, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
The documentary premieres tonight at 9pm ET on PBS.
Watch The Central Park Five trailer below.
The world sends us garbage…We send back music.
A Kickstarter has been launched for the Graham Townsley-directed documentary, Landfill Harmonic, in hopes of raising $175,000 to hit the big screen and show how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings. (As of now, $128,785 has been donated).
Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When music teacher Fabio Chávez set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon had more students than they have instruments.
That changed when Luis Szaran and Fabio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.
Watch the Landfill Harmonic Kickstarter video below and donate HERE.