Mayor of the Sunset Strip:
Spanning three decades of music from the Beatles to Bowie, Courtney Love to Coldplay, Mayor of the Sunset Strip is the story of US radio DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s pursuit of fame. As a teenager motivated by his passion for music and the allure of celebrity, Rodney first hit LA’s infamous Sunset Strip during its psychedelic heyday. There he partied with, amongst others, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, and The Beach Boys. This insightful, emotional and touching documentary takes us on a rollercoaster ride through his rock n’ roll lifestyle as Rodney pursues his passion, discovering talent, breaking new bands and spinning records for internationally renowned US alternative radio station KR0Q.
Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. The aggressive and visually stunning dance modernizes moves indigenous to African tribal rituals and features mind-blowing, athletic movement sped up to impossible speeds. Rize tracks the fascinating evolution of the dance: we meet Tommy Johnson (Tommy the Clown), who first created the style as a response to the 1992 Rodney King riots and named it “Clowning”, as well as the kids who developed the movement into what they now call Krumping. The kids use dance as an alternative to gangs and hustling: they form their own troupes and paint their faces like warriors, meeting to outperform rival gangs of dancers or just to hone their skills. For the dancers, Krumping becomes a way of life – and a vital part of who they are.
Dave Chapelle's Block Party:
Comedy superstar Dave Chappelle presents a Brooklyn neighbourhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime street party. This unprecedented combination of comedy and music sees Dave Chappelle perform all-new material, joined by a stellar roster of artists including Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and – reunited for their first performance in over seven years – the Fugees. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry and his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind cinematographer capture all of the exclusive performances and crowd excitement on an unforgettable Saturday, as well as private rehearsals, behind-the-scenes antics and footage of Dave Chappelle in his home town. Dave Chapelle’s Block Party is your personal ticket into the music and comedy event of the year.