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Hip-Hop Live + Reel
Rock Fresh, Breath Control with Joey Garfield and Yuri Lane, and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

Mon, Apr 28, 2008

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Photograph courtesy of Ghost Robot. Photo by Rostarr.

Presented in partnership with Young Chicago AuthorsColumbia College Chicago. DJ-ed by Itch13.

Sunday, April 27, 1:30 pm
$5 Ticket includes admission to all 3 screenings

Buy tickets online or call the box office at 312.397.4010.

1:30 pm
Screening: Rock Fresh by Danny Lee, 2004 (81 min)

Promising young director Danny Lee presents this comprehensive look at five of the world’s most legendary street artists as they make the leap from graffiti art to commercial art, from the street to the gallery, from walls to clothing, from private to worldwide. Revealing step-by-step how the colors blend, how the angles sharpen, how the shadows emerge, the artists take their skills to a variety of surfaces and an array of locations. Rock Fresh also reveals artists painfully coming of age: from kids drawing in their sketchbooks to grown men struggling to make a living off of their art, these artists struggle between the codes of the underground and the lure of the mainstream.

3 pm
Screening: Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box by Joey Garfield, 2002 (73 min)
Breath Control is a documentary about making music with nothing but the human voice. The human beat box is one of the key elements in the development of hip-hop culture, alongside DJ-ing, graffiti, break dancing, and MC-ing. Unfortunately, its contribution has been largely overlooked, as has the fun, expressive, human, and spontaneous dimension of hip-hop that it represents. As the first documentary of its kind, Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box uses interviews, live performances, archival footage, and animation to bring to light this important and neglected ingredient of hip-hop’s identity. Following this screening, director Joey Garfield and featured beatboxing artist Yuri Lane engage in a discussion.

5 pm
Screening: Dave Chappelle’s Block Party by Michel Gondry, 2005 (103 min)
Equal parts comedy (Dave Chappelle), visual artistry (Michel Gondry), and live hip-hop (arranged by The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and grounded by his band), Dave Chappelle’s Block Partyis a gleaming look into a somewhat spontaneous day-long hip-hop festival in Brooklyn, featuring some the most formidable figures in the modern hip-hop realm. While Chappelle provides the comedic and insightful commentary, performances by Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Jill Scott and a satisfying reunion of The Fugees contribute collectively to the contagious sense of communal joy that the film itself inspires.


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