Docs That Rock

Hip Hop From the Sticks

Tomorrow, San Francisco’s Frozen Film Festival will screen a new hip hop doc called Where You From. Far away from bling, the film features three rural hip hop hopefuls from Montana and northern California, all aspiring to become bigger. But like urban counterparts, the rappers rhyme about universal problems like poverty and drugs, proving Rakim’s line “it ain’t where you from, it’s where you at.” Martin Kelley of Cinema Atl magazine has a good feature about the film (which premiered in April at the Atlanta Film Festival) and an interview with director Sabrina Lee where she says the idea came after seeing a hand-made sign in a cow pasture in rural California promoting a hip hop show. Matthew Buzzell served as the DP and consulting producer; music doc fans know him as the filmmaker behind docs about Luna, Jimmy Scott, and Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint.


July 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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