Film

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Finding The Funk
Production Assistant

Filmmaker-historian Nelson George conducts a passionate archeology of funk music—the crucial bridge between ’60s soul and ’80s hip hop—replete with loving testimonials about Dayton, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan, in their funk heydays, where in the basements of now-mythical music makers like Sly Stone and P-Funk, the funk explosion was catalyzed. With The Roots member Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson as our guide, and warm regaling from notable musicians such as Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Sheila E., and Mike D of the Beastie Boys, we’re transported to the hippie-ish ’70s when a mad fever of savvy creativity saw the transmutation of jazz, soul and R&B into infectiously danceable funk. Unspooling the movement’s psychedelic-influenced ethos with flair, George carves out a nostalgic portrait of funk music as an enduring artistic assertion of the black experience in the USA. 

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A Ballerina's Tale
Archival Research

Directed by Nelson D. George; Produced by Leslie Norville -- A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, and her potentially career-ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world. The film also includes exclusive, never before seen, performance footage of Misty performing several solo pieces.

The Triptych
Production Assistant

Afro-Punk pictures presents The Triptych
(Dir. Terence Nance, Dir. of Photography Shawn Peters, Co Dir. Barron Claiborne)

This short-film series highlights the work of artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu, and Barron Claiborne.

The Triptych is a unique and profound documentary series profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time .

Produced by Afro-punk pictures, the documentary is itself a work of art, featuring three intimate 20-minute conversations with three bold and culturally resonant voices in art. Each monologue is a reflection of their life experience, letting the viewer discover how their observations have shaped the art they create.

The first in the series features Sanford Biggers, Wengechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne -- contemporaries, luminaries and friends. Spanning the artistic gamut from interdisciplinary to photography and performance, their keen reflections on the world are at once startling and insightful.

The Gates of Life

Creator

Directed By: Bryan Mark Urbsaitis; Edited By: Vixon John -- A series for the hardheaded hustler. Those that never wanted to listen and are planning the takeover.