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NEW YORK PREMIERE
Finding The Funk
Directed by Nelson George
USA/2013/64mins/Color



Filmmaker-historian Nelson George conducts a passionate archeology of funk music—the crucial bridge between ’60s soul and ’80s hip hop—replete with loving testimonials about Dayton, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan, in their funk heydays, where in the basements of now-mythical music makers like Sly Stone and P-Funk, the funk explosion was catalyzed. With The Roots member Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson as our guide, and warm regaling from notable musicians such as Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Sheila E. and Mike D of the Beastie Boys, we’re transported to the hippie-ish ’70s when a mad fever of savvy creativity saw the transmutation of jazz, soul and R&B into infectiously danceable funk.

Director, Nelson George
Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. His films include “Life Support” for HBO, Showtime's “Brooklyn Boheme”, ESPN's “The Announcement” and the shorts “All Hail the Beat” and “Disdain the Mundane”.

Executive Producer, ARTHUR BAKER
Arthur Baker is an American record producer and DJ best known for his work with hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and the British group New Order.

Producer, LESLIE NORVILLE
Leslie Norville is a Brooklyn based documentary producer from Toronto, Canada. Her films have screened at film festivals and on TV around the world.




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SCHEDULE & SHOWTIMES
AMC 34TH STREET THEATER 10
Friday, September 20, 6:30PM


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Nelson George
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