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Freestyle - "Rage" (10 of 14)

Posted by Paul Devlin:

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A concise history of hip hop’s emotional and culture roots.

The Making of Freestyle (continued)

Director Kevin Fitzgerald’s love of hip hop and freestyle was pure and passionate. His production company was called Organic Films, and that’s exactly what the movie Freestyle was. It was a fluid work, ever changing. Kevin would take the current version of the movie, and screen it at a hip hop event. Of course, all the freestylers would show up and start cyphering on the street after the screening. Kevin was there with his camera, capturing it all. And those performances would be incorporated into the next version of the movie! He would screen that version and the process would start all over again.

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BLAST! - Antarctica Launch

Posted by Paul Devlin:

“I can’t think of anything that went wrong so far...”

Oh, the limitless hubris of humans. It’s spectacular scenes like this that are the dream of nonfiction filmmakers. I was already a year and a half into shooting BLAST, but only after reviewing this footage was I convinced that I actually had something worthwhile. Teasing a cliffhanger of the the end at the start of a movie is a tried and true technique and served BLAST! well.

This beginning has been touted by people like Jan Rofekamp of Films Transit International and the European Documentary Network, as a recent example to be emulated of a great way to open a nonfiction film.

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Claire

Post by Paul Devlin:

Two years ago today I lost my producing partner Claire Missanelli, to breast cancer. Claire had an immeasurable impact on my life. I miss her friendship and have found she is irreplaceable as a colleague.

To mark the anniversary of her passing we've put together a memorial DVD of Claire. It includes photos albums, tribute videos and a document of her memorial service. If you would like a copy, please send a request and mailing address to claire@devlinpix.com.

Claire was a special person and we're very happy to be able to provide this to the people who loved her.

Slam Poem: Dan Ferri - "The Scalping"

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Dan Ferri’s classic slam poem, excerpted in SlamNation and shown in its entirety here. Dan’s poem is also anthologized in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. I’ve since become a bald guy myself, and I sympathize!

A short note from Dan Ferri about the piece.... "The funny thing about this piece is that people think it's funny, which tells something about both rhetoric and street fights. In both cases you want 'em to smile first."

 

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Freestyle - "NY History" (9 of 14)

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A look back at the heyday of NYC cyphering in the early ‘90s, with SuperNatural in Washington Square Park, commentary from Mos Def, and a spectacular Freestyle narrative from Wordsworth.

The Making of Freestyle (continued)

In order to develop the story threads for Freestyle, we began gathering new material. First I added the interview and performance of Juice that I had already shot. Then we researched those historic battles and started collecting footage from around the country. We became Freestyle Central for awhile! When the director, Kevin Fitzgerald came to NYC from LA, I shot new footage with him. We sought out Craig G for a crucial interview and also brought in Anthony Marshall and Danny Castro of Lyricist Lounge. They stopped by my apartment to check out the results one day.

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Music Video: "Sink or Swim?" EnviroSiren's SOS on rising seas

Guest post by Jules (EnviroSiren):

Ten years in the making, EnviroSiren's Sink or Swim? (SOS) is a love song for the planet. The debate is over, the science is in: Human activity is dangerously warming the atmosphere and tipping the balance of the biosphere. Seas are rising precariously - and faster than scientists predicted but it's not too late! EnviroSiren longs to seduce Earthlings everywhere to wake up to the warnings and start turning the tides on climate change...

Shot on location in Tulum, Mexico, and with a Red Epic camera at Pier59 Studio in NYC, SOS is a free music-video (3:20). It is available for download on request. The song is free and available here.

More about SOS here!

 

Posted by Rina Svet:

SOS, a music video I've been working on in collaboration with Jules for the past several months, is finally available today, and I'm happy to share it with you all here on DevlinPix!

A call for change, SOS is a special project to me - an amazing experience to work on, and especially marked in its importance by Hurricane Sandy as it ravaged a path across the east coast right in the midst of our editing sessions. In New York, Sandy reached us deeply.  It took our homes, our workplaces, our communities...  And the "Goodbye New York" line of SOS is scarily phophetic, and touches me deeply.

Slam Poem: Sara Holbrook - "Do Not Dream"

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So much power in words and performance. Feel the intense focus of the audience in the pauses, even when you can’t see them. Sara Holbrook demonstrates how compelling slam poetry can be when delivered by a master in this 2nd person indictment of prostitution, excerpted in SlamNation and now shown here in its entirety.

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Music Video: Burning Spear - "Great Men"

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Here’s one of the first music videos I edited professionally. Enjoy!

SlamNation: Beau Sia - "Money"

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Beau Sia’s poem “Money” is now a cultural snapshot from its time of the mid-to-late ‘90s. Beau Sia was a 19-year old wunderkind when he took the stage of the Portland National Poetry Slam Finals, and became an instant star.

This poem gets SlamNation off to a roaring start. In early cuts of the movie, this was not the case. At the time, Marc Smith - “Father of the Slam” - took a look at rough cut and gave me this advice: “You have to start with the end. People need to know where they’re going, that there will be big crowds and high stakes. They need to know that this is not just about your typical boring poetry reading.” Very insightful! So that’s exactly what I did – and Beau’s high energy made him the natural choice to kick things off.

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Freestyle - "Warriors" (8 of 14)

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The Battle between Supernatural and Craig G was the most eagerly anticipated of its time. Assembling the footage to present this sequence wasn’t easy. It took a lot of convincing and cajoling. But the result is a slice of hip hop history captured for the ages.

The Making of Freestyle (continued)

The re-discovered interview of Bobbito not only gave great insight into the movement, but also provided a framework for a story for Freestyle. Bobbito talked about a legendary battle between two of the top Freestylers, Supernatural and Craig G. We already had a fantastic segment on Supernatural. Then we learned that Supernatural also battled Juice. I had material on Juice when I was making my version of the movie. These battles might provide a dramatic thread that would save the movie.

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