Tyler The Creator’s album, Cherry Bomb, was yet another signal that the young artist is indeed one of hip hop’s most creative and dynamic. Whether it’s music, fashion, acting, or directing, Tyler has certainly established himself across a variety of mediums. His latest work comes in collaboration with Mikey123xyz, a California based clothing designer and director. Mikey documented Tyler during the process of finalizing Cherry Bomb and the road to it’s release. An interesting behind the scenes look, you can view the documentary in it’s entirety above.
Manny Phesto has been doing BIG things lately with a slew of national & international tour dates beginning way back in spring. After hitting Denver’s Munchie Cup, the Summer Set Music Festival, Cuba and most recently performing at Festival Ajusco in Mexico City; Manny’s coming back home for an upcoming show at 7th Street. The above video documents Manny Phesto & Tufawon’s trip down to Cuba where they perform at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, record at Guampara Studios and explore some of the Cuban cities. Check out their trip for yourself and make sure to keep an eye out for more info regarding Manny Phesto’s upcoming events.
A new drama from Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight) titled The Walk is opening in theaters Friday, October 9th. The film is based on the 2008 documentary Man on Wire by director James Marsh, an adaptation of Philippe Petit‘s novel, which chronicles Petit’s illegal tightrope walk across the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Petit’s successful endeavor came to be referred to as “the artistic crime of the century”, and years later Man on Wire would receive an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2009. The new film by Zemeckis is in the form of an actual drama, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) as Petit, with Charlotte Le Bon (Mood Indigo, The Hundred-Foot Journey), James Badge Dale (The Departed, Flight), and Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Shutter Island) in the supporting cast. Zemeckis and screenwriter Christopher Browne (Pupil, Operation Barn Owl) adapted the script from Petit’s novel To Reach The Clouds. From the looks of the trailer it looks pretty suspenseful, but also loaded with more CGI than I would have expected. But Gordon-Levitt does seem to pull off a decent French accent and we are talking about a Zemeckis picture here, it will likely turn out better than we’re all expecting! Additional information on this new film can be found at the link below. Enjoy!
A new documentary from Showtime Documentary Films, Listen To Me Marlon, will be opening in theaters nationwide this fall. As implied, the film takes a personal perspective on the life and career of 2-time Academy Award-winning actor Marlon Brando, narrated by Brando, himself, from hours of audio tapes from his personal archives. Writer/director Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon, Everything Or Nothing) compiled Brando’s narrations along with hours of archival film footage of the actor with the help of co-writer Peter Ettedgui (Vigo: A Passion For Life, Everything Or Nothing). Brando is considered among many film historians and critics to be one of the greatest actors in history, give-or-take a few others. He is probably best known for his portrayal of the title role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, but his dynamic talents lead him to portray a vast array of characters throughout his career in films like A Street Car Named Desire (1951), Julius Caesar (1953), and On The Water Front (1955), the latter of which earned him his first Oscar. He won his second Oscar for The Godfather in 1972 but famously refused to show-up to accept it and instead sent a young Native American woman in his place, making a political protest against the persecution of Native Americans in the United States. Nevertheless Brando went on to star in such films as Superman (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979), imbedding himself in American culture until his death in 2004. Listen To Me Marlon first premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to be shown at the Film Forum on July 29th in New York City, and then 2-days later at LA’s Landmark Theater before the nationwide release in the fall. We’ll keep an eye out for an official release date.
Documentarian Marah Strauch (Sick Mick and the Boys) just showed her latest film Sunshine Superman at the Montclair Film Festival earlier this month, and is now anticipating a larger (yet limited) release this May 22nd. The film, which was first shown at the New York Film Festival back in October 2014, explores the life of skydiver and BASE-jumper pioneer Carl Boenish and his unquenchable passion for “foot-launched human flight.” The project took home two awards for Best Documentary and Best New Director at the Portland International Film Festival earlier this year and will still be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival this May 24th. Check your local theaters for showtimes available in your area. You can watch the trailer here on MADE. Enjoy!
Noisey’s Atlanta documentary Welcome To The Trap ends with episode 10. Thomas Morton and crew end their trip hanging with Peewee Longway, one of Atlanta’s fastest rising up and comers. The stories about Peewee and his track record on the city’s West side are endless, the episode further validates his tight grip over Atlanta’s street scene. A new atmosphere is emerging in the A, parts of it expand upon older sounds, but others are straight out of left field. From Peewee Longway, to The Migos, to ILoveMakonnen, to Father, to Young Thug, to Young Scooter, one can’t deny the diversity. Check out the final installment of Welcome To The Trap above and stay tuned for more.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in upcoming Oliver Stone biopic Snowden (2015).
Director Oliver Stone has presented some pretty controversial biographical films in his career, JFK, Nixon, and W. just to name a few. His latest project, again simply titled Snowden, about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is now filming with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in the lead role. More specifically, the plot follows Snowden from his time in the US Army in 2004 to his groundbreaking interview in Hong Kong with documentarian Laura Poitras (whose documentary film, Citizenfour, about that very interview, just won an Oscar for Best Documentary), during which he exposed top-secret NSA documents before fleeing to Russia for asylum. The script comes from two primary sources: author Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus (Kucherena is Snowden’s Russian attorney), which were adapted for the film by Stone and screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald. Included in the supporting cast are actors Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in our Stars), Scott Eastwood (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Fury), Nicholas Cage (Face-Off, Matchstick Men), Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard, Justified), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The film is scheduled for release Christmas Day 2015. Stay tuned for more news.
Places: London, Paris
Faces: Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Mob, YG, Joey Bada$$, Lola Viande
Places + Faces continues with episode 3. During this volume they traverse the night life in both London & Paris with appearances from those mentioned above and more. These are interesting to watch in an odd way, even though there isn’t much commentary. Check out episode 3 above and keep an eye out for 4.
As hip hop’s landscape begins to make another change with the acceleration of the internet age, new talent continues to pop up across the map. You may have heard of OG Maco or Key!, OGG or 2-9, two individuals (and crews) who are coming to the forefront of Atlanta’s music scene. In about a years’ time, OG Maco has risen the ranks, becoming one of the industry’s most anticipated artists. Since linking up with QC (Quality Control, Migos), his rise gained even more momentum landing him on the doorsteps of some major labels. OGG The Movie, follows OG Maco and his OGG crew’s jump from relatively unknown to buzzworthy, check it out above.
HBO has announced a pretty cool documentary following British street artist Banksy’s, extended stay in New York City last year. Banksy’s month long residency is called Better Out Than In and apparently HBO will present the documented Film to the masses this fall. There was a lot of controversy surrounding some of Banksy’s pieces during the residency with many people speaking out against it. November 17th is the date to mark on your calender, re-dubbed Banksy Does New York, the documentary will air in it’s entirety.