Rhyme & Reason

Title Rhyme & Reason (1997)
Runtime 1 hr. 29 min.
Studio Miramax
Genres News and Information

Description: Documentary filmmaker Peter Spirer interviewed over 80 significant artists in rap and hip-hop music for this documentary that explores the history of hip-hop culture, how rap evolved to become a major cultural voice (and a multi-billion dollar industry), and what the artists have to say about the music’s often controversial images and reputation. Interview subjects range from veteran old-school rappers, such as Kurtis Blow, KRS-ONE and Chuck D., to gangsta rap icons Ice-T, Dr. Dre and MC Eiht, to several current rap hitmakers, including Wu-Tang Clan, The Fugees and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Also includes footage of a memorial service for the late Tupac Shakur, as well as one of the last interviews with The Notorious B.I.G..

BookWars

Title BookWars (2000)
Runtime 1 hr. 17 min.
Studio New Video Group
Genres News and Information

Description The gritty world of New York City street booksellers told in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives, loves and their unique perspectives on life.

Hooked

Title Hooked (2004)
Runtime 1 hr. 00 min.
Studio Razor & Tie
Genres News and Information

Description: Hooked follows the tragic story of Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, who grew up in Oakland, California, playing basketball with his childhood friends Gary Payton of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets.

Stony Island

Title Stony Island (2012)
Runtime 1 hr. 36 min.
Studio: Cinema Libre
Genres Drama

Description: Directed by Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive” (1993), “The Guardian” (2006), Stony Island , set during the 1970’s in Chicago’s South Side, is the story of a group of young, aspiring musicians trying to make it in the world of jazz. Richie, Kevin, and Harold team up with Percy Price, a local saxophone legend, who helps them book their first gig at a famous venue known for featuring the likes of BB King. Everything is working out perfectly until Percy unexpectedly drops dead, his life insurance expires, and his “next of kin” turns out to be a New Orleans piano man with a penchant for violence and a bone to pick. Scrambling to salvage its chance for success, the band comes up with a risky plan give to Percy the funeral he deserves while delivering the musical performance of a lifetime.

Planet B-Boy

Title Planet B-Boy (2007)

Runtime 1 hr. 38 min.

Studio Virgil Films

Genres Arts and Culture | News and Information

Description: With compelling characters and vibrant dance sequences, PLANET B-BOY is set in the International world of B-boying – the urban dance more commonly known as “breakdancing.” Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Seoul and Las Vegas, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of dancers who struggle for their dreams despite being misunderstood by larger society and even their own families.

The Skin Quilt Project

Title The Skin Quilt Project (2010)
Runtime 1 hr. 28 min.
Studio IndieFlix
Genres Arts and Culture

Description: The Skin Quilt Project is a documentary that explores colorism in the African-American community. The film addresses this complex issue through the stories of African-American quilters, and the tradition of an artform that celebrates its culture. The quilters speak of the influence of the African-American quilting tradition as a tool for encouraging an appreciation in the African-American cultural heritage.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Title Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)
Runtime 1 hr. 33 min.
Studio New Video Group

Genres: Arts and Culture

Description: Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200 and became best friends with Andy Warhol.

Rise Up

Title Rise Up (2012)
Runtime 1 hr. 27 min.
Studio The Orchard
Genres News and Information

Description: A journey into the heart of Jamaica, the island that gave birth to the global cultural phenomenon of Reggae. In a society where opportunity is scarce, three brave artists fight to rise up from obscurity and write themselves into the pages of history.