Rammellzee’s loved colors and was known for his painting and the masks and costumes he wore during a performance. Jim Jarmusch gave him a spot in Stranger Than Paradise giving him his only film appearance. RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What was featured as part of Red Bull’s Racing For Thunder exhibition featuring his work. The festival opened with a musical tribute to Rammellzee called If This Knowledge Scares You, The Equation Is Working. The nine-minute documentary interviews people who knew and worked with Rammellzee and they share their memories of him.
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Through the years Wershe’s supporters questioned why he received a life sentence as a juvenile charged with a nonviolent crime. White Boy is a documentary from filmmaker Shawn Rech about Wershe’s life. Rech’s direction looks at Wershe’s case from the standpoint of him being used and then receiving a harsh conviction by the law for the sake of saving some of Detroit’s establishment figures. A former hitman, an ex-FBI agent and ex-police officers are interviewed and talk about a conspiracy to kill Wershe because of his informant work.
The film debuted last year at the Freep Film Festival. In September, Hollywood will release their version of Wershe’s story, called White Boy Rick with Matthew McConaughey playing Richard Wershe Sr. After 30 years, Wershe was paroled but is now serving a three-year sentence in a Florida prison for his involvement in a stolen car ring. White Boy is a look at Detroit’s drug economy in the ’80s and the country’s war on drugs. The film is streaming now on iTunes.