Category Archives: Film
Thundercat: “Evangelion”/”We’ll Die” Video
Directed by: Mochilla
Guilty Simpson & MED featured MCs. Quakers is a 35-person hip-hop collective, centered around three producers – Fuzzface (Geoff Barrow), Katalyst (Ashley Anderson), and 7Stu7 (Stuart Matthews). Quakers 41-track album is out now on Stones Throw.
Video Director: Eric Coleman; Cinematography: Jerry Henry; Editor: Laith Majali; Cameras: Jerry Henry, B+, Mike Park.
KCRW, Stones Throw Records, and The Lucie Foundation present…
An Evening of PHOTOGRAPHY and MUSIC
Featuring the photography of:
B+ | Eric Coleman | Joao Cañziani | Viviane Oh
Madlib (DJ) | Peanut Butter Wolf (VJ) | Jonti (live) | Gary Wilson (live) | Jonwayne (live)
Featuring the MOPLA Silent Auction to benefit
Lucie Foundation’s at-risk youth photography program, SNAPSHOP!
(Silent auction closes at 10pm)
PLUS: A special projection by the Los Angeles Times & Pro’jekt LA Part One AND: A Preview of the Create:Fixate Snap Flash Exhibition.
A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Pablove Shutterbugs.
Tickets: $25.00 available at http://mopla.eventbrite.com/
An official MOPLA event.
Quantic and Alice Russell will be performing LIVE on a heavy heavy lineup including the Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Bilal and King in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. SECOND SHOW ADDED: Tickets Available: www.evfamusic.com | RSVP on FACEBOOK
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 SOLD OUT
VIDEO captured & edited by FROLAB
1. Lift Off/Mic Check (featuring Shafiq Husayn)
2. Afro Blue (featuring Erykah Badu)
3. Cherish The Day (featuring Lalah Hathaway)
4. Always Shine (featuring Lupe Fiasco & Bilal)
5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) (featuring Ledisi)
6. Move Love (featuring KING)
7. Ah Yeah (featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele)
8. Consequence Of Jealously (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)
9. Why Do We Try (featuring Stokley Williams)
10. Black Radio (eaturing Mos Def)
11. Letter to Hermoine (featuring Bilal)
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit
for more info please visit: frolab.com
Aquarius, Fire Dragon. . .
Mentor, teacher, brother . . .
Horace Tapscott through Frank Zappa . . .
Gentle giant, humble and fierce – piercing, poignant, pointed, unabashed . . .
Cosmic chords that sing forever . . .
Nigritian Knight in space flight . . .
From his heart he speaks the truth, through his hands he plays our lives . . .
And to see him smile is truly beautiful!
We treasure you dear friend!
December 1, 2011
M.E.D. – Blaxican (Official Video HD – Stonesthrow) Directed by Eric Coleman (Mochilla)
Produced by Madlib, from the album “Classic”
Director: Eric Coleman (Mochilla); Editor: Luke Lynch; Camera Operators: Coleman, B+, and Mike Park; Producer: Marybell Chavez
On the Sunday before Stevie Wonder took Los Angeles on a Global Soul journey at the Hollywood Bowl. A different journey was being tracked by a young singer from Brasil in front of Graumanns Chinese Theatre. In one take here unedited, covering the song made famous by songstress Elsie Houston – Iara Renno traced the journey of another young Brasilian of Portuguese descent Carmen Miranda. Iara is a good friend of Mochilla and a third generation singer/songwriter. She looked after us when we went to premiere Timeless in Rio. She has a keen sense of history especially of the twenties and thirties. Her Operatic Ballet based on Macunaíma the famous magical, allegorical novel by ethno-musicologist Mario de Andrade is an inspiring piece. To see her work an unsuspecting crowd on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday reminds us of the era when CGI and Darth Vader impersonators didn’t exist.
IN MEMORY OF ELSIE HOUSTON
By Iara Renno
eh eh eh
eh eh ah
where is my turtledove
who fled the cage…
Turtledove, a traditional song, was recorded in the 30′s by Elsie Houston. She was the daughter of a father from the U.S and a mother in Rio. She is Carmen Miranda’s contemporary, a friend of Pagu and Mário de Andrade. Elsie was part of this group of artists who invented indigenous Brazilian culture. Today I find myself entranced by their memory and, like them (Carmen and Elsie), somehow I ended up here in ‘Los Angeles’. My mother has the last name Miranda (no relation), and I am the turtledove, whose destiny is to sing and fly around the world.
Ê ê ê
ê ê ah
cadê minha pomba-rola
que fugiu lá do pombal…
Pomba-Rola, canção de domínio público, foi gravada na década de 30 por Elsie Houston. Filha de pai norte-americano e mãe carioca, contemporânea de Carmen Miranda, amiga de Pagu e Mário de Andrade, Elsie fez parte desse grupo de artistas que trouxeram à tona a cultura genuinamente brasileira. Já não é de hoje minha identificação com esse sentimento… é desse mesmo ponto que parto, e, assim como Carmen e Elsie, de algum modo vim parar aqui na ‘América’. Minha mãe tem Miranda no nome, e minha herança é essa memória genética dos passáros, cujo destino é cantar e voar pelo mundo.
Big thanks to Benjamin Tierney for the sound mix.
from warm sunny days to sweet starry nights. no matter how big or how small, be part of something beautiful. we are one. ♥ donate whatever you can from $1 to $500. view gaby hernandez’s video below for “sweet starry night” and donate on kickstarter! let’s see this beautiful project manifest!
love, blessings and many thanks in advance*
sweet starry night KICKSTARTER*
“I don’t make music for the masses to dance to, I make music for the small majority that listens.” -Kenny Dixon Jr. (aka MoodyMann)
Moodymann is one of the most inspiring House producers of all time. He is definitely a genius and one of the most outspoken voices in the normally non-confrontational world of electronic dance music. Moodymann is committed to keeping a distinctly black imprint on techno and house. While he may frustrate people with his refusal to be interviewed and insistence on reminding people of the genre’s origins, the soulfulness of his output is unquestioned. Utilizing classic soul and jazz samples, low-slung bass lines and an approach to drum programming that is diametrically opposed to the tendency to push the tempo faster and faster. Moodymann is one of the few electronic artists to create great sketches of music that translate into emotional albums that may not be easily digested but will certainly stand the test of time.
I have been a long time fan of Moody’s hybrid form of techno/house dance music. There have been many attempts to have Moodyman dj in LA but it has never quite came to pass. Mike and I were fortunate to attend two of his three highly anticipated dj performances. This video is a personal homage to one of the best soulful house producers. Moodymann is in a league of his own.
“Turn It Up”
Once a month, Braza! is taking a faithful crowd on a musical trip around Brazil to explore the rhythms and sounds of Samba, Funk, Batucada, MPB, Broken Beat, Tropicália, Hip Hop, Forró, House, Boogie, Soul, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Disco, Jazz, Bossa Nova, and so much more this great country has to offer.
Whether it’s Kento playing his recent finds from a Brazilian family visit or Vanka and Elan playing the contemporary rhythms of Baile Funk and Brazilian house you’re guaranteed to see groups of Brazilian transplants moving and socializing. But what gives Braza its lively reputation and charm is the addition of live Brazilian percussion players, iconic Brazilian images being projected onto SOM’s wall, and even food carts serving up native delights.. The party achieves the difficult task of not only bringing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Brazil but most importantly a spirit that usually can only be found 6,476 miles away.
Special Guest: B and Eric Coleman (Mochilla, LA)
Hosted by Antonio Guedes
Music & video clips taken from Obrigado Dilla – A tribute to Dilla at the Brasilintime premiere show at SESC Pompeii in Sao Paulo.
In commemoration of its 25th year, the JazzReggae Festival at UCLA releases a documentary that looks back through its history with festival footage and exclusive interviews with past producers. From its humble beginnings to its acclaimed present, the JazzReggae Festival has been entertaining Southern California since 1986 with performances by Erykah Badu, The Roots, and Damien Marley. From interviews with the festival’s founder Ron Richards to a fish-eyed view of the Roots performance in 2008, the documentary explores the JazzReggae Festival’s history, tradition, and importance as a cultural institution in Los Angeles. For further information, please visit jazzreggaefest.com!
directed and edited by Greg the Dude.
beat by J Dilla
Filmed in Kathmandu in fall 2008 by Decon.
Directed by Jason Goldwatch (twitter.com/goldwatch)
Director of Photography Rob Gilbert (twitter.com/jungletactics)
Produced by Isaiah Seret
Style by Joseph I (twitter.com/blkangelz)
Roll Audio by Dantana (twitter.com/dantana)
Executive Produced by Peter Bittenbender (twitter.com/decon)
A dance music video for “Canto de Iemanja,” a song from Mia Doi Todd’s new album Cosmic Ocean Ship due out on May 17th, 2011 .
Iemanja is the Orisha or Goddess of the Ocean in the Yoruba, Candomble, and Santeria traditions. She represents divine consciousness, healing unconditional love, feminine creativity and the essence of motherhood. Kimberly Miguel-Mullen will be dancing Iemanja with Gaby Hernandez and Mia as her attendants. We started choreographing the dance a couple months ago; now we are rehearsing at Heartbeat House in Atwater, Los Angeles. Mia has been sewing the costumes, and Ernest Potdevin has built our Cosmic Ocean Ship.
We will be shooting the video in Baja Mexico from April 29th to May 2nd. Grace Oh and Theo Jemison will be shooting and directing the video, with drawings and aftereffects by Strangeloop. We will make an offering on the beach of flowers, watermelon, candles, mirrors, combs, and our dance for the goddess. We will carry her in our boat out to the Ocean and celebrate the sacred waters here on earth from which we all evolved, and the vast cosmic ocean of existence. With the recent political and environmental upheavals we have been witnessing near and far, now is a good time for this spiritual gathering. It’s an important moment to gather our devotion and set intentions for healing, evolution, peace and respect for the planet as a whole.
If you would like to participate in our offering, we would be very appreciative!! There will be 15 people traveling to Baja for four days. We could use your help with food, gas, accommodation, van and equipment rental, post-production, and flowers! Iemanja loves white flowers!!!
Through our dance, our gathering, our offering, our prayers, we will unite together in love, peace and community. And we will make the video to share and manifest our love.
CAST AND CREW:
Grace Oh: director, cinematographer
Kimberly Miguel-Mullen: choreographer, dancer
Mia Doi Todd: singer, dancer, costume designer, producer
Gaby Hernandez: singer, dancer
Theo Jemison: cinematographer
Rich Hama: cinematographer
Erik Butts: cinematographer
Gaby Hernandez: mother, catering
Hector Hernandez: father, host
Kathryn Doi Todd: mother, catering, flower arrangement
Andres Renteria: percussion
Fabiano do Nascimento: percussion
Ernesto Potdevin: boat builder
Melissa Tolentino: hair/makeup
Nadine Wells: art director
Erica Krumpl: stylist
Project location: Rosarito Beach, Mexico
The official trailer for Tom Shadyac’s upcoming film, I AM. In theaters February, 2011 – http://iamthedoc.com
MED – “CLASSIC” feat Talib Kweli produced by Karriem Riggins for
Stones Throw Records*
Directed by: The Qualities of Light (Shane Sakanoi & Rich Hama)
Cinematography: Rich Hama, Theo Jemison, August Bradley, & Grace Oh
direct from South Africa via Jay Electronica
Starring LaTonya Givens
Music Produced by The Bullitts
Film Produced by ImmortalEnt & Mochilla
maria has always been a favorite. now the video has moved the love meter way up. speechless(isims)
Sale sola de noche Maria,
pena por la ciudad,
recorriendo las calles que un dia,
nego besos en la oscuridad.
Y se nubla la vista Maria,
porque duele recordar,
que los besos negados Maria,
nunca mas regresaran.
En las noches por ese camino,
algo extraño puede pasar,
al sentir en los labios el frio,
de otros labios que no veras.
Es Maria quien pena en las calles,
y debajo de un farol,
roba besos y vida a la gente,
mientras ella yace en un cajon.
(*translation coming soon. . .)
Bilal Oliver performs Move On in the Attic Addict tent at Dour Fest, Belgium. Shot & edited by Mikael Colombu for Attack Of The Crazy Dolphins Film Productions, Good Music Only, and Free Your Funk.
+powerful. educational. inspirational documentary film “Black August Hip Hop Project” directed by Dream Hampton | Los Angeles screenings: Sat, Feb 19th @10:00pm; Wed, Feb 23rd @6:40pm | Culver Plaza Theatres: 9919 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232* | dig deeper…
Hip-hop cultural critic–turned-filmmaker Dream Hampton‘s Black August (U.S.) is an engrossing critique of the creation and incarceration of America’s political prisoners (in this case, African-American political activists). The film is deft and fast-moving, and Hampton shrewdly introduces the subject by having Dave Chappelle function as a kind of clueless Everyman, explaining the historical meaning and connotations of the term “Black August” by first admitting he only recently heard the term, before breaking down its significance: Black Panther George Jackson was murdered by San Quentin prison guards in August 1971, kicking off a lineage of African-American political tragedies that would occur over the years in the month of August. With crisply shot concert footage from the annual consciousness-raising, New York–based Black August Hip-Hop Festival (performers include Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez) juxtaposed against interviews with political exiles Nehanda Abiodun and Assata Shakur, the documentary is the perfect blend of sleek professionalism and gritty substance.
By Ernest Hardy
*follow link to continue reading: http://www.laweekly.com/2011-02-17/film-tv/pan-african-film-festival-2011
to buy tickets please visit the box office (Culver Plaza Theatres: 9919 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232) or visit: http://www.paff.org/panafricanfilmfestival/tickets
VTech and Mochilla have collaborated on many groundbreaking musical events, but the pinnacle was in 2009 with the amazing Timeless Series that was brought to Los Angeles. It truly was the beginning. Where musical borders were no longer seen as obstacles, and where composer arrangers who were once overlooked were wholeheartedly embraced. From the series, celebrated Brasilian composer/arranger was one of three, and now, we find the Timeless series traveling to Arthur’s home country in fitting fashion.
J.Rocc, Coleman and B+ will be in Sao Paulo from February 9-11th screening at the Espaco Unibanco de Cinema and then on the 16-18th at the Unibanco Arteplex Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro. Each film will be screened individually and also J.Rocc will have a chance to do his special Timeless Serato Mega-Mix. There will be Q&As each night with special friends dropping by to contribute.
Share the info, share the music, share the experience. And as always, “Turn it Up!!”
Timeless : Trailer : Brasil
Sao Paulo February 9th, 10th, 11th
Rio De Janiero Feb 16th, 17th, 18th
*follow link to watch timeless brasil trailer: http://music.vtechphones.com/2011/01/this-february-timeless-screens-in-brasil
Created in 2006, this remembrance piece is created as a tribute to the memory and legacy of James “J.Dilla” Yancey. This is a piece designed for his fans and supporters who knew of his accomplishments before February 2006 and those that have grown to appreciate his genius. Here, we gain a greater insight and understanding about our musical icon.
J.Dilla is Still Shining.
(2:55) – Work Ethic Starts In The Basement
(7:35) – What To Listen For in A Dilla Beat
(9:10) – J.Dilla’s Range As A Producer. The King of Reinvention
(12:16) – Going Beyond His Influences
(14:39) – The Dilla Approach To Production
(20:21) – Jay The Producer vs Jay The MC
(26:08) – The Personal Side of J.Dilla
(29:04) – A Soldier Unstoppable!
(32:05) – Venturing Out. (as explained by Phat Kat)
(33:59) – Heading Home… Job Well Done.
(34:48) – We Salute You.
THANK YOU to B.Kyle for sharing this with the world!
and so is big brother, thanks for this golden image Banksy, one of my favorites. 1984isims. ++ congratulations to you and to Mochilla on the Oscar Nomination for “Exit Through the Gift Shop” read more on the film/nomination HERE.
[copy & paste to browser to dig deeper: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/bristol/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_9373000/9373020.stm]
+and one of my favorites:
Micheal Corleone: “My father is no different than any other powerful man — any man who’s responsible for other people, like a senator or president.” KAY: “You know how naive you sound… senators and presidents don’t have men killed.” MC: “Oh, who’s being naive, Kay?”
Short film displaying Seu Jorge’s and Almaz new record as seen by friend and uber amazing director Khalil Joseph. Much love to @missjodie (The Model) quite a fantastic ending to pt.1. Can’t wait for pt.2!!!
Downtown Los Angeles.
251 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
On August 30th, 2010, a very special rendition of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” was recorded in Los Angeles.
It was a very special day. Perfect weather, a studio reminiscent of a studio in Capitol Records during the 60’s, a great cast of musicians… the stars aligned and this video was made.
Plug Research approached Bilal and Miguel separately with the idea of doing cover songs. Since they’re both friends and admire one another’s work, (Bilal performed at Timeless: Suite for MaDukes), it was a easy match.
It was Bilal’s idea to work on “Is This Love.” Miguel booked the talented cast of musicians, many he had worked with before, and wrote the basic charts. Bilal made sure to get the sound he was looking for.
A couple of songs were recorded during this session… So if you’re interested to hear how Bilal’s renditions of Soft Cells “Tainted Love” turned out, or even Portisheads “Strangers”… well you’ll just have to check back. But for now, enjoy Bilal’s rendition of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.”
Airtight’s Revenge on Plug Research is Bilal’s first album in 9 years. Make sure to get a copy of it by clicking HERE.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (musical director, violin)
Om’Mas Keith (piano)
Dennis Hamm (rhodes)
Brandon Coleman (organ)
Marcel Camargo (guitar)
Gabe Noel (bass)
Gene Coye (drums)
Allakoi Peete (percussion)
Executive Producer: Tom Bacon
Produced By: Plug Research
Shot by: Greg Ponstingl and Denny Kim
Edited by Greg Ponstingl
Recorded by Benjamin Tierney
Mixed by: Benjamin Tierney & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
“Never had so many people, so eloquently described the pain and issues of a generation” -Mutulu Shakur
[Documentary Film World Premiere]
Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert (2010)
Thursday, August 26, 2010 | Lincoln Center 65th Street New York, NY
Reception: 6pm / Program: 7pm
A live performance and panel discussion will follow the screening. Co-presented by the ImageNation Cinema Foundation.
for more information on the doc please visit: http://mxgm.org/blackaugust
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, debuts Friday, August 20th in Los Angeles with special introduction from director Tamra Davis and MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch.
Fim director Tamra Davis will also speak on Saturday, August 21st at 7:30PM and on Sunday, August 22nd at 2:50pm
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Los Angeles debut Friday August 20th at 7:30pm
($10.50 general admission)
Landmark’s Nuart Theatre | 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. West L.A. 310-281-8223 | www.landmarktheaters.com
Please visit jean-michelbasquiattheradiantchild.com for more info on Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child*
Invincible and Waajeed
Video directed by El-Iqaa
Produced by EMERGENCE
After several months of anticipation, two of Detroit’s most visionary hip-hop figures, Invincible and Waajeed, are finally releasing their single, “Detroit Summer” b/w “Emergence”. The passionate two-song project is not only being put out digitally and in limited edition 7” vinyl format but it’s also being launched with a powerful double music video as well.
This stunning visual representation of the songs was shot on-site during the historic Allied Media Conference and United States Social Forum this past June in Detroit. The video also documents the Detroit Summer Live Arts Media Project youth program, in which Invincible is heavily involved.
The “Detroit Summer”/”Emergence” music video debuts August 10th, simultaneously with the single release, showcasing the true passion both artists and EMERGENCE in-house video director El Iqaa put into the project.
This is far bigger than just Hip-Hop. “Detroit Summer” is not just a season, and its not just about a youth-focused organization in Detroit – the song is about a feeling and a movement. “Emergence” isn’t just the b-side, and it’s not about Invincible’s media company of the same name, but rather the dawning of a new era.
Invincible is already highly regarded as a lyricist, and Waajeed as a producer, but they are collectively ascending to new levels of on both songs. Together, the duo worked to show the resilience of their communities and refute the negative national image of Detroit. As Invincible’s lyrics proclaim, “You Call Motown a ghost-town, but the city’s vibrant!”
Detroit Summer/Emergence is a prequel to the full length album Invincible + Waajeed are dropping in 2011. For this single, they did a limited edition run of 1,000 7-inch records (all of which come with a digital download code) and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
More info on the organization Detroit Summer: DetroitSummer.org
A new short film featuring free from soulshifters.
directed by chad ross (via cerberusplayground)