Category Archives: Film

Betty Davis Documentary Betty – They Say I’m Different Has A Trailer

Betty – They Say I’m Different is a documentary about Betty Davis the funk singer who was briefly married to Miles Davis. Director Phil Cox had the rare chance to spend time with Davis over the past four years and direct this film about her life. Betty Mabry was a fixture on the music scene in the ’60s and made friends with Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. She had style and attracted the attention of Miles Davis who she married and helped steer his music into the next phase of his career. Betty Davis released four albums as a solo artist and was boycotted by the NAACP because of her provocative music and image. She disappeared from the media in the ’80s’ and the film is the first time she has addressed the public since she chose to live a quiet life. Betty – They Say I’m Different will premiere at the IDFA film festival in Amsterdam this month. U.S. distribution of the film is scheduled to take place in 2018.

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Flying Lotus Directs Skinflick Tribute To Friend

Flying Lotus directed a tribute to his friend Bumpy Bob The Bubble Boy (Bob Heslip) for the   NOWNESS channel’s Define Beauty series. Skinflick is the third episode in the series and it presents Bob’s tumor-ridden body to the audience as a way to question common ideas about beauty. Flying Lotus provided the music for the episode and said this about Heslip:

“I first met Bob Heslip when working on my feature film KUSO –  I had him do a very small role for me and in the process of shooting I saw so much potential in him as an actor and a unique human being. He is a lovely man and I wanted to make a film that would honour the beauty of his unique condition”

Skinflick can be viewed on the NOWNESS channel and Flying Lotus is still on his 3D Live Tour.

 

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DeWanda Wise Talks About She’s Gotta Have It

Spike Lee’s Netflix reboot of She’s Gotta Have It will debut on Thanksgiving. DeWanda Wise talks about what it’s like to portray the 21st-century version of lead character Nola Darling. Wise also comments on how important is for her to choose work that “entertains and informs.”

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Gary Clark Jr. Covers Come Together For Justice League Soundtrack

Gary Clark Jr. covers The Beatles’ “Come Together” for The Justice League soundtrack. Clark worked with producer Junkie XL on the remake and together they turn the song into an apocalyptic-sounding anthem. Clark is working on his next album to follow-up 2015’s The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim.

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City Council Declares Oct 28th As The Official Uncle Jamm’s Army Day

The City Council of Los Angeles declares October 28th as Uncle Jamm’s Army Day to acknowledge their influence on west coast hip-hop culture. The day coincides with Red Bull Music Academy’s A Conversation With Ice-T as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles.

Ice-T will talk about the first electro and hip-hop party that grew from local high school dances to selling out arenas in a few years. Uncle Jamm’s Army DJs including Dr. Funkenstein, Egyptian Lover, Arabian Prince, Chris “The Glove” Taylor, and DJ Bobcat demonstrated how electro and hip-hop could co-exist then and its significance now.

Red Bull Music Academy debuted the new documentary episode from The Note titled Uncle Jamm’s Army: Pioneers of the Modern Party that looks at the history of these events and their impact on the west coast scene.

At the end of the evening on the 28th Egyptian Lover, Ice-T & The Glove, DJ Bobcat, Arabian Prince, Alonzo Williams & Cli-N-Tel (World Class Wreckin’ Cru), Dr. Funkenstein, and L.A. Dream Team will take part in a celebration of their pioneering work.

Watch the documentary above and you can also catch both events “A Conversation With Ice-T” and “Uncle Jamm’s Army” live on Red Bull Radio.
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