Posts Tagged ‘ Documentary ’

Bigger Than Pain.


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‘Bigger Than Pain’ follows the career of T-Pain from the UK leg of his 2014 “I Am T-Pain” concert tour to his creative life off stage and his use of Auto-Tune. It also reveals how the ambitious 30 year old with two Grammy Awards and over 50 top ten singles under his belt navigates the triumphs and pitfalls of his successful career.

 

Amy Winehouse Is Back.


Despite heavy criticism from Amy Winehouse’s family, the documentary Amy is set to premiere this summer. The first official clip from the film has surfaced, and it makes good on the promise that Amy will boast plenty of intimate, never-before-seen footage along with new interviews from many of the late singer’s friends and associates.

In the clip, we see footage of Winehouse fooling around with a video camera (“I look like a floating head, I’ve got no hair, I’m just on a black screen”) while her former manager Nick Schmansky talks about recording the singer’s first demos. For those early tracks, Winehouse converted some of her poems into song lyrics, which we see handwritten by the singer on yellow lined paper with hearts drawn in the margins. “When I’m in / the deepest funk / she cheers me with / a little Monk,” Winehouse wrote at the time.

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Winehouse’s family recently revealed that they have “disassociated themselves from the forthcoming film” because the documentary does “a disservice to individuals and families suffering from the complicated affliction of addiction.” The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, was also upset that filmmakers interviewed Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who in the film, blames Mitch for Amy’s addictions.

“We came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family, and we approached the project with total objectivity,” a documentary spokesperson said in a statement defending the film. “We conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy. The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.” Mitch Winehouse, who called the film “horrible” and director Asif Kapadia a “disgrace,” has hinted he may pursue legal action after the film premieres this July.

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A Look Back At The History Of One Of Hip Hop Hottest Songs.


003FCB_Eminem_037It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was in high school, and Eminem was all the rage.  His music was everywhere, he had a movie coming out, and every song he dropped seemed to be fire.  I remember hearing ‘Wangsta’ blaring from car speakers after school, and not realizing that 50 Cent (the same guy who made ‘How To Rob’, one of my favorite tracks ever) was in cahoots with Em.  However it does seem like a while ago since the last time I’ve heard one of their first collaborations, ‘Patiently Waiting’, until I start singing it, and I remember every single word.  There was just something about that changed many peoples minds about this dynamic duo, and Complex Magazine thinks so as well.  Below is a short “documentary” (Magnum Opus style) about the origins of this amazing song, and why the timing was so perfect.  Check the method.

Throwback Thursday: Nas – Illmatic.


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From the moment you hit play on Illmatic, or any Nas release for that matter, your attention is immediately commanded. From rap fans to aspiring lyricists, Nas has been the catalyst for so much innovation and inspiration. The hood storyteller, the revered lyricist, the flashy thug, the mafioso, the activist, the conscious gangsta; Nas is all those things and more. As Hennessy’s year-long campaign states, for which Nas is prominently featured, it’s all about “Never stop. Never settle.” He is the ultimate embodiment of the hip-hop artist, motivated by artistry and aiming for social change, while still being seduced by the materialistic and destructive elements of the culture. Nas is a multi-faceted artist and person, which is what makes him so relatable, inspirational, and aspirational to fans and artists alike. With his documentary, Nas: Time is Illmatic, hitting theaters, iTunes, and On Demand this week, we take a look at the connections between who and what has inspired him, and how he influenced others along the way.

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IRL – The Flosstradmus Short Film.


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Check out the ‘Flosstradamus Movie’ as fans have affectionately started calling it, documents the travels, trials, tribulations, and triumphs of touring, and music.

Directed by Loren Wohl & Sean Dwyer
Produced by Flosstradamus & TMWRK Studios
Lens by Loren Wohl & Elizabeth De La Piedra
Edited by Kyle DePinna & Sean Dwyer
Visual Effects by David Kitchner & Daniel Streit

 

Take A Look At Diddy’s ’11 11′ Documentary.


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11 11 is a collaborative project by Diddy and DJ/Producer Guy Gerber, encompassing a 3-year musical journey through their individual and collaborative creative minds. THUMP has been on-board documenting their journey, capturing the insightful, creative and eccentric moments along the way.

‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’.


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‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’ is a cinéma vérité immersion inside the unique Los Angeles “beat scene” music community, centered around the world famous Low End Theory club night. Filmed over the Summer of 2013, we are given the opportunity to elegantly lift the veil on the personal creative processes of the internationally-acclaimed pillars of the scene. Indie music luminaries such as Thundercat, the Gaslamp Killer, TOKiMONSTA, Jonwayne, Baths, Daedelus, Ras G, Teebs, D-Styles, edIT of the Glitch Mob, Astronautica, Free the Robots, and Matthewdavid are all featured in vivid detail. The soundtrack for the film creates itself live on camera as the film elapses. This avant-garde visual angle on each subject in their respective creative spaces provides for an introspective glimpse into what would otherwise be unseen.

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Told as a 24-hour tour throughout the city, the fly-on-the-wall perspective of ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’ archives each artist’s studio at this moment in history, revealing something not only universally humanizing about the scene’s stars, but also telling of the diverse community in which this group of inter-related artists interact. Directed by seasoned music documentarian Matthew F. Smith, and produced by Low End Theory club founder Daddy Kev, ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’ provides a holistic view of L.A.’s key players in this generation’s electronic music landscape while instilling hope for the future of cross-cultural creative unions.

Check CNN’s Documentary On The Clipse.


 

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CNN covers a mini documentary on Clipse, the renowned Virginia Beach hip-hop duo comprising real-life brothers Pusha T and No Malice. Despite a small glimmer of hope earlier this year, the future of Clipse has become increasingly uncertain, as No Malice has repeatedly expressed a disinterest in any further collaborations with his brother. CNN reporter Bill Weir offers a in-depth look into the brother’s current relationship and differing ideologies (No Malice recently became a born-again Christian). In fact, not once during the entire segment do the two brothers appear on camera together.

Into the Mind Official Trailer


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The North Face presents Into the Mind, a unique documentary that looks at the human drive to take risks as seen through the perspective of several different athletes. Taking a philosophical approach to the question, the film explores the foundations of confidence and the pursuit of self-actualization as realized in some of the world’s most intense and daunting settings. As much a spiritual journey as it is an action sports film, Into the Mind is a unique look at the internal and external forces driving some of the most daring athletes out there.

CCTV Documentary


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Motion sculptures for CCTV Documentary Channel is a digital metaphor of phenomenal blinks and moments that life consists of. In four Idents we follow a visual performance of organic and vital substance, animated using data of actors movements. Idents visualize four different themes. To emphasize the emotion of each Ident, we have decided to use different textures of steel, wood and glass. Motion sculpture of steel reflects old Chinese adage that true power is mastering yourself. Youthful energy of dancers evolve into beautiful organic sculpture. Colorful happiness is the engine of father’s and his daughter’s joy. Two lovers visualize fragility and vitality of love in the last Ident.

Nas & Hennessy – Wild Rabbit Chase.


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Join along as Hennessy travels the globe with Nas in pursuit of his Wild Rabbit. In a 3-part film series, Nas first visit is to Cognac, France and the home of Hennessy — a personal encounter with the passion and artistry that define Hennessy, and Henny’s 248-year Wild Rabbit chase.  In part 2 of the Hennessy film series, Nas visits Paris to perform at a sold-out show. Featuring an in-depth interview and exclusive live concert highlights.  In the final video, Nas visits Sao Paulo, Brazil to perform at a music festival, and takes time out to perfect his signature drink recipe, “The Big Apple.”

DJ Robbie Wilde. The DEAF DJ.


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So upon reading the title of this post, people probably did either one of two things.  A, you either giggled, and thought “how could you have a deaf disk jockey”, or B, you’ve seen the incredible (and global) HP commercial that started airing recently, so you know exactly who I’m talking about.  If you happen to be in the A category, let me remind you that it’s hard enough to do what a true DJ does with all you senses intact, much less if one of them is missing.  Robbie’s story is one that proves that no matter what people say that you can’t do, if you want it bad enough, you can do it… even if it means becoming a deaf musician.  ‘It’s better to be the first you, than the second of someone else’. – Clinton Sparks.

Where I’m From: JAY Z Barclays Center Documentary


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In this short documentary, JAY Z’s Life+Times takes an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the creation of JAY Z’s Barclays Center opening concerts.

 

The Beat Junkies Documentary: For The Record.


The World Famous Beat Junkies, comprised of members J-Rocc, DJ Babu, D-Styles, DJ Rhettmatic, DJ What?!, Mr. Choc, Icy Ice, Curse, DJ Shortkut, Melo-D, Symphony and DJ Havik have been putting in work on the turntables since they were first established in 1992. Known internationally as the premiere DJ crew, their longevity is a testament to their immense musical talents. In celebration of the legendary Beat Junkies, LRG presents For the Record – a short documentary profiling the collective with contributions from the likes of A Trak, Q Bert and Peanut Butter Wolf – with DJ Jazzy Jeff commenting that “there are no DJ’s out today that haven’t been influenced by the Beat Junkies at all.” In addition, the Beat Junkies are heading out on the road for an international tour with stops across the US, Europe and Asia and this past weekend kicked off their tour at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA on June 30. Laced in commemorative letterman jackets from LRG that celebrates 20-years of hard work and hustle, here’s to another 20 more in the game.

Eminem In The Art Of Rap.


Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling, to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performer’s insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard acappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.

 

The World’s Best Sushi Chef?


A documentary that goes behind the counter and into the life of a man who’s been called the greatest sushi chef in the world is set to open in New York Friday.  Tucked away in an underground Tokyo subway station is an unremarkable-looking 10-seat eatery called Sukiyabashi Jiro which serves Michelin-starred sushi by 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the first chef in Japan to earn three Michelin stars.  In trailers for the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, filmmaker David Gelb captures the deft, economic movements of Ono’s hands as he shapes and molds the rice for his sushi and lacquers the fish with gentle brushstrokes.  Sushi and sashimi are presented on black marbles slabs and diners eat in a hushed silence that speaks of their reverence for the ceremonial experience and the master sushi chef.  The film is not just an ode to sushi and the octogenarian’s unrelenting pursuit of perfection, but also explores the father-son relationship and succession as the eldest son Yoshikazu is slated to take over the legendary restaurant.

Heart Stop Beating.


Two doctors Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute successfully replaced a dying man’s heart with a device—proving that it is possible for your body to be kept alive without a heart, or a pulse.  The turbine-like device, that are simple whirling rotors, developed by the doctors does not beat like a heart, rather provides a ‘continuous flow’ like a garden hose.   After the doctors experimented on one of the calves, Abigail, Doctor Cohn told NPR: “If you listened to her chest with a stethoscope, you wouldn’t hear a heartbeat. If you examined her arteries, there’s no pulse. If you hooked her up to an EKG, she’d be flat-lined.”

Craig Lewis was a 55-year-old, dying from amyloidosis, which causes a build-up of abnormal proteins. The proteins clog the organs so much that they stop working, according to NPR.  But after the operation, with the ‘machine’ as his heart’s replacement, Lewis’ blood continued to spin and move through his body.  However, when doctors put a stethoscope to his chest, no heartbeat or pulse can be heard (only a ‘humming’ sound)—which “by all criteria that we conventionally use to analyze patients”, Doctor Cohn said, he is dead.  This is proof that “human physiology can be supported without a pulse”.

In the short film ‘Heart Stop Beating’ by Jeremiah Zagar of Focus Forward Films, Zagar documents the process of the doctors—from cutting out the whole heart of 50 calves and replacing it with centrifugal pumps, to finally implanting it into their patient Craig Lewis.

 

 

 

Stupidity… The Movie.


Personally I love finding the meaning of things that people tend to skip over, the primary example being the meaning behind certain words.  Not too many people know that both “f*ck” and “sh*t” are acronyms for things people used to do every day, and over time developed into taboo words that you use excessively starting at the age of 10.  This documentary about “Stupidity”, tells us the history of the word “moron”, the difference between stupid, moron, smart, intelligent, genius and questions the regular practice of classifying peoples intelligence through standardized IQ tests.  Of course also our former president Bush is examined in this report.  A well educated guy who, nevertheless, acts in a completely dumb way.  If you have the time, check out the entire documentary below.

 

 

Lost Footage… Jay-Z and Kanye West.


Jay and Kanye have been working together for about a decade now, but it’s not everyday that you hear about some lost footage.  Check the video below for a very in depth look at how the song “Big Brother” came to life.

Addiction Incorporated.


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As a quitting smoker, I’m always interested in the newest, most successful ways of kicking the habit, and one of the best ways I know of that helps me the best is seeing the entire smoking industry in a new light.  Its rare that entire motion pictures come out on the topic (the last one being ‘Thank You For Smoking’), but when I got glimpse of the newest film to breach to subject, I had to put it up.  Click the pictures either above or below to take a look at ‘Addiction Incorporated’, and if your a smoker, just see if it doesn’t change your outlook just a little bit.  Below is the official synopsis.

In 1980, a young scientist named Victor DeNoble was hired by a major tobacco company. Fourteen years later, he was testifying in front of Congress that, despite the sworn testimony of the industry’s chief executives, nicotine was addictive… and the research he did could prove it. ADDICTION INCORPORATED tells the incredible true story of how one of the most important whistleblowers of our time dropped a bombshell on one of America’s most powerful industries- a bombshell that still reverberates today. If you think you know the story, if you think you know the science, and if you think you know Big Tobacco’s next steps, this incendiary documentary will prove you wrong on all counts.

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Rick Ross In Africa.


Video blogs are rising in popularity, especially with those who travel.  Ricky Rosay like most rap celebrities has been all across the globe and back, and his most recent trip to Africa was documented in true video blog fashion.  Check the method below.

The Mandalay Express.


Skateboarding (like Hip Hop) is something that started out in one area, and spread all over the globe with relative speed.  In the short documentary film The Mandalay Express, a handful of talented skaters take their skills all over Vietnam, Cambodia, and an array of different foreign countries.  Check the method below, and wait for 1:19 thought the video to see one of the skaters almost take out a Vietnamese woman by accident.

Young Jeezy – A Hustlerz Ambition.


Young Jeezy has been on and off the front pages of Hip Hop magazines for the better part of a decade now, but not too many people know his story.  With his newest studio album release TM:103 in stores December 20th, the Snowman is release a documentary titled “A Hustlers Ambition”. Check out one of the 5 trailers below.  (and YES, Samuel L. Jackson is narrating).

I Believe I Can Fly.


“I Believe I Can Fly” is a trailer for a documentary by the French director Sébastien Montaz-Rosset.  He has been filming the Skyliners in this video on an incredible exploration into the world of free flight.  The men featured in the video, Tancrède, Julien, Seb and Antoine are pioneers in ‘highlining’ – a vertiginous combination of climbing, slackline and tightrope walking.  They traveled from their home in Chamonix to our training ground in the Verdon gorge, testing the limits for our ultimate goal.  They rigged highlines on the skyscrapers of Paris, and finally came to the spectacular cliffs and fjords of Norway.  Months of training led the Skyliners team to attempt their dream of complete freedom.  Free flight.

The Nike SB Chronicles Pt. 1.


Nike SB has released a dope little trailer for vol. 1 from their video series entitled SB Chronicles.  Filmed on the streets of Amsterdam, Dubai, United States and Hong Kong and directed by Jason Hernandez. Featuring skateboarding royalty like Chet Childress, Clark Hassler, Youness Amrani, Lewis Marnell, Daniel Shimizu, Grant Taylor, Wieger Van Wageningen and Stefan Janoski.