NYC: ‘Weird World of Blowfly’ & ‘Sound It Out’ In Theaters


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Two films that you must see came out in NYC theaters today.

The Weird World of Blowfly is the story of Miami Musician Clarence Reid. Many may know Clarence for penning classic soul songs like, “Clean Up Woman” or perhaps from our 1991 show with the charismatic talent. The film shows him at age 69, carrying on with his dirty rapper alter ego of Blowfly, touring the world with his raunchy tunes and gold sparkle getup. He’s going to make it! Find the trailer above.

Sound It Out documents the “very last surviving vinyl record shop” in Teesside, North East England. The record shop thrives against the odds with the support of its local community. If you’re a fan of High Fidelity, either the book by Nick Hornby or the derivative film with John Cusack, you are going to love this! Catch the trailer below.

Today’s Showtimes

The Weird World of Blowfly
Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street
New York, NY

Sound It Out
reRun Gastropub Theater
147 Front Street – Mezzanine
Brooklyn, NY
‎7:00pm‎ ‎10:00pm‎

The Weird World of Blowfly Official Site

Sound It Out Official Site

Film: ‘Thunder Soul’ in Theaters September 23rd


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Jamie Foxx’s new film, Thunder Soul, is creeping up for release in the next couple weeks and we can’t wait! A bit about the film for those still in the dark:

Thunder Soul follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.”

In the last couple months, reviews have been popping up about the film and it looks like not only will this film provide some great entertainment value and history, but it will also open up a social discussion about arts education in schools. Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter notes in his review:

“A greater argument for music education in our secondary school curriculum can’t be made than Mark Landsman’s doc about a Texas high school funk band that tore up the music scene from 1968 to 1977.”

Stay tuned for film screenings and release parties in your area!

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Film: Elaine Constantine to Release ‘Northern Soul’


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The Northern Soul scene of Britain holds a very special place dear to Giant Step’s roots and continues to resonate deeply. Above, you’ll find a classic Northern Soul dance tune, “Landslide” by Tony Clarke.

Photographer Elaine Constantine is understandably also enamored by this movement, claimimg her life was changed after she was first exposed to northern soul.

As such, the photographer has embarked on her first film, simply titled, Northern Soul. A bit on the film:

“…it recreates the atmosphere of soul clubs where rare records were spun, and dancers scattered talc to make moves easier. A huge underground scene, with strongholds in unfashionable northern towns like Stoke, Stafford, Blackpool and (most famously) Wigan, it developed its own codes, its own mythology.”

The Guardian details Constantine’s journey and her process so far with creating a work that is sure to go down in history. Hang tight – shooting begins in January 2012.

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NYC: The RPM Show feat. Robert Glasper & Pharoahe Monch + Guests – Aug 30


In celebration of the soon to be released film, Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), Robert Glasper and Pharoahe Monch will be headlining a free show on Tuesday, August 30th at Drom. Other performances will include Brooklyn experimental duo Live Footage and B Young. Finally, you’ll also get to catch an art exhibit by Samir Arghandwall.

As you might guess, the Glasper and Monch are involved with the film’s soundtrack. Legendary hip-hop producer, Nottz, has also contributed original music to the soundtrack. Not sounding too shabby at all.

Event Details
The RPM Show ft. Robert Glasper & Pharoahe Monch
Tuesday, August 30th
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

85 Avenue A (btw 5th and 6th)
New York, New York

Free w/ RSVP

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Pharoahe Monch on Facebook | Twitter

NYC: African Film Festival Family Day – Postponed Sept 11


The African Film Festival is bringing the community a pretty rad free event. Partake in dance classes with “world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea,” sit down for some storytelling, join a quilting workshop, or enjoy African films by emerging and established directors shown throughout the day.

If that wasn’t enough, get your grub on with the delicious African food vendors on site as well!

Event Details
Governors Island, Manhattan
Sunday, September 11
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Irene, African Film Festival Family Day has been moved back (from August 28) to the rain date of September 11, 2011. Check the official Facebook and Twitter pages below for updates as the rain date approaches.

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