Women Who Score (USA 2017 12mins)
“Women Who Score” is a concert documentary celebrating women composers changing the score in Hollywood. In 2016, out of the 250 highest grossing films in Hollywood, only 3% were composed by women. Despite winning 25 major awards including Oscars, Grammys Emmys, Golden Globes, and countless nominations, women composers have a long way to go. This short film documents the time-crushing rehearsal process running through 20 scores in 2 days, and introduces for one-night-only – Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live Concert – performed by a live 80 person orchestra. To get past the Hollywood gatekeepers, Music Branch Academy Governor and 4-time Emmy Winner Laura Karpman, co-founded The Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC) alongside Miriam Cutler interviews and solo performances from world renowned musicians exploring a personal sojourn to musician-hood, sacred relationship to music, early influencers and what it means to be an artist in the current day and age. Listen to what makes these musicians feel alive, connected to self, music and audience. Shot against the backdrop of New Orleans the birthplace of Jazz, featuring original songs from the artists, Leroy Jones, Washboard Chaz, Mehnaz Hoosein, Coyote Anderson, Monica McIntyre, Alex McMurray and more.
You Want Poems (USA 2015 18mins)
A brief meditation and commentary from a larger documentary project about Poet, Producer, Publisher, Performer, and activist and Detroit native Jessica Care Moore. Moore’s friends and colleagues help her narrate a journey to notoriety that began with her involvement in the New Black Arts movement in 1990’s New York City and a 5 win run on the famous Apollo Theater Stage.
Girls Gone Vinyl (USA 2017 16mins)
DJs are the new rockstars. Around the world, DJs are drawing crowds that rival the biggest concerts, and they pack clubs from Detroit to London to Moscow. Look carefully and you’ll see something amiss though. In the world of DJs, women make up a tiny minority. In DJ Mag’s Top 100, there’s not a single female DJ, and there are no women headlining a major festival anywhere in the world. Girls Gone Vinyl explores the issue by traveling the world and interview female DJs, collecting their stories, and asking the simple question of “what does it take to make it in this industry as a woman.”
Girls Gone Vinyl features some of the most well-known women in electronic music, shot on location in Detroit, Chicago, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, and Miami. Produced by an international DJ and a veteran promoter, this film dives into the inner workings of a surprisingly segregated industry and just how women can make a name for themselves behind the decks.
THE BATTLE: CASUAL AND SAAFIR (USA 2015 27mins) GA PREMIERE!
In 1994, Oakland Emcees Casual of the Hieroglyphics Crew and Saafir of the Hobo Junction were involved in a high profile rap battle. The Battle happened live on Bay Area’s KMEL Wake Up Show with hosts Sway Calloway & King Tech. It is regarded as one of the most unique and influential battles in Hip-Hop history. Casual, Saafir, Sway, DJ Kevvy Kev, and Adisa Banjoko revisit the events of the battle in this short film.
Between the Notes (USA 2017 25 Minutes) World Premiere!
Between the Notes is a documentary short illustrating the journey of the artist behind their music and craft. Select interviews and solo performances from world renowned musicians exploring a personal sojourn to musician-hood, sacred relationship to music, early influencers and what it means to be an artist in the current day and age. Listen to what makes these musicians feel alive, connected to self, music and audience. Shot against the backdrop of New Orleans the birthplace of Jazz, featuring original songs from the artists, Leroy Jones, Washboard Chaz, Mehnaz Hoosein, Coyote Anderson, Monica McIntyre, Alex McMurray and more.
JYWRRN (Jay Warren) – CLOSER (4mins) World Premiere!
At some point in our lives we all feel inadequate, like we aren’t enough, or we don’t measure up. Sometimes our demons hold us down, and other times external forces oppress us. ‘Closer’ dives in to the inability to be emotional present in a world where so many battle with mental illness. Cameron Gade, director, captures the raw emotion that we have all felt when isolated by our own thoughts. Alternative R&B artist, JYWRRN’s melodies leave a lasting impression and coax the listener to look inwards.
OK Go Video Retrospective (16mins)
One of the most innovative music video makers of our time, a look back at some of the seminal work of this visionary band. Includes Needing Getting (2010), This Too Shall Pass (2010), One Moment (2014) and Upside Down & Inside Out (2014).
SUM WDKMBKR Price of Fame (5 mins) World Premiere!
Not a music video. Full song gallery experience free on the SUM mobile app. Curated by Javin Romero for 40 Elephants Creative. Sum is Frontman of The Milky Way. Indie Music Awards Nominee, songs appearing in Breaking Bad, Saints Row The Third, Saints Row IV, Sons of Anarchy, and countless network television shows.