Film: ‘Limelight’ + ‘Thunder Soul’ Out Now

 

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Two great films just hit theaters.

Limelight goes back to 1980′s NYC nightlife. The film is about an NYC nightclub called Limelight, its owner Peter Gatien, and all the headlines that ensued from the club’s legendary and now infamous parties. Fun fact: Giant Step co-founder Maurice Bernstein was actually one of the original promoters for Michael Alig’s Disco 2000 party at Limelight in 1990, which was what helped raise enough capital to start Giant Step! Catch the trailer above.

For those that recall, we mentioned the Thunder Soul release with Jamie Foxx a couple weeks ago. To refresh, the film documents alumni from Houston’s famed Kashmere High School Stage Band and the 35-year reunion concert they play for their band leader. The beloved band leader, “Prof,” was responsible for breaking down color barriers and turning the school’s jazz band into a “funk powerhouse” to be reckoned with.

Limelight on Official Site

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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
‎9:55pm‎

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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Video: The Kills – “Baby Says” (Acoustic)

 

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Following their fourth studio album release, Blood Pressures (April 2011), The Kills invited filmmakers thirtytwo into their London studio to record live acoustic performances of three album tracks. Above we’ve featured our favorite acoustic, “Baby Says,” a sleepy melody perfect for feet-tapping and daydreaming in your nearest rocking chair. Check out the other two acoustics for “Pots and Pans” and “The Last Goodbye” on YouTube.

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