Video: Idris Elba – “How Clubbing Changed the World” (Full Documentary)

 

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“DJ, actor, and life long raver” Idris Elba narrates a documentary he executive produced and recently released called How Clubbing Changed the World. The documentary tracks the story of how British youth utilized American music of the 80s and 90s to pioneer what we know as nightclub culture today.

The project uses clips, interviews, and Idris’ narration to convey not only the formation of nightlife culture but also how it revolutionized mass culture on various fronts:

“This is an international story, going beyond the music to look at clubbing’s influence on everything from real estate to drug use, fashion, politics and the drinks industry.”

Pretty interesting stuff! And not mad at the eye candy, either. Watch the entire documentary above.

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NYC: Doin’ It In The Park Film Screening @ Marcus Garvey Park – Aug 12

 

Giant Step fam Bobbito Garcia got together with French photographer, filmmaker, and ball player Kevin Couliau to co-direct their first documentary on pick up basketball culture in NYC. Traversing all five boroughs and 180 courts, the duo has done a brilliant job capturing the essence of this community. With New York being the epicenter of pick up basketball, you can be sure that the stories and depth of perspective will be plentiful.

Doin’ It In The Park has been hosting several screenings internationally and this weekend it’ll be back in NYC! Check below for details on the August 12 screening at Marcus Garvey Park. Also, above catch the official trailer for the doc and below get a little behind the scenes action on the creative process behind the project.

Event Details
Doin’ It In The Park Film Screening
August 12, 2012
7-10p

Free Admission

Marcus Garvey Park
New York, NY

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Video: ‘Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808′ (Trailer)

 

Arthur Baker has put together a pretty fascinating documentary on “how the Roland TR-808 changed the musical world starting from its most seminal record Planet Rock.” Catch interviews from Questlove, Diplo, Skrillex, and many many other influencers. Interesting little mash up style to the trailer above, too. Look for Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808 to drop in 2013!

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Next Step March Winner: Derek Dumont

 

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Congratulations to Pittsburgh bred, LA based producer Derek Dumont for being our March winner! His music is an earthy electronic with sounds inspired by “landscapes and weather patterns, sunsets and city lights dotted in the distance.” Derek shares:

“As much as I want to make music that is fresh and stimulating, I want to make music that communicates on a therapeutic level, without being boxed into any specific genre. A level that allows people to escape to their concentrations.”

The young producer is featured on two tracks for Wiz Khalifa’s new mixtape Taylor Allderdice, and as such, be sure to dig into “Number 16″ and “Mia Wallace.” But that’s not introduction enough for this self-made beat maker who’s just getting started. Derek has also composed the soundtrack to a feature-length documentary entitled Only God Could Hear Me. Watch the trailer for the documentary after the jump.

And we are so very excited to premier the video for the gorgeous cinematic tune, “Yesterday,” above – don’t you see yourself on an epic rode trip in the middle of nowhere?! Below, we have been graced with the opportunity to share an unreleased track, “Colored Coma,” yet another brilliant cinematic tune – we’d pair it with the breakdown the protagonist has after finding out the love of his life is gone forever. After that is a free download for the previously released “One Night In Charlotte” – put this over a scene of all-night teenage shenanigans on a coming of age indie flick. Yep – we could make up stories to his songs all day.

Derek Dumont – “Colored Coma”
 

Derek Dumont – “One Night In Charlotte” [MP3]
 

Watch out for this dude – he’s not playing games.

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Watch the trailer for Only God Could Hear Me after the jump

NYC: New York African Film Festival – 4/5 to 5/28

 

April and May will be peppered with some awesome events compliments of the 19th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), “a two-month event that explores notions of home and homeland through films, live performances and panel discussions.”

There are a few “must attend” events for this season that we’d like to highlight. This Thursday, April 5th will kick off the festival with a special preview of what’s in store for the festival along with a live performance by DJ Spooky. April 11th will be a screening of Mama Africa, a portrait of the illustrious artist and activist Miriam Makeba. April 13th feature the NYAFF centerpiece film, Relentless, which stars none other than the fiery and all too lovable Nneka.

To note, the April 5th event is free and does not require RSVP.

4/5: Festival Preview + Live Performance by DJ Spooky – Event Details
4/11: Opening Reception and ‘Mama Africa’ Screening – Event Details
4/13: Festival Celebration Party w/ DJ Spooky + ‘Relentless’ Screening – Event Details

Enter our contest to win tickets to the 4/11 and 4/13 events!

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