Wednesday, October 15, 2014

History Of Funk — Finding The Funk Documentary

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Nelson George’s Finding The Funk film is an in-depth exploration of the funk bloodline — take a walk down memory lane and learn about the history of funk; a funky project 6 – 7 years in the making...

"What Funk is for me, is making something out of nothing. Funk is deep within what we have been taught. Funk for me is our life, Funk for me is the word that was spoke and this is what Funk is, we became flesh and we walked this planet and we started making this stuff outta nothing. And that’s what we did then and that’s what we’re doing now".Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins & Nelson George with Sly Stone
Bootsy Collins & Nelson George with Sly Stone

About Finding the Funk

Inspired by an idea from legendary record producer Arthur Baker, Finding the Funk is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. We start in Dayton the birthplace of so many of Funk's originators, then onto Detroit where from the ashes of Motown, P-Funk's Mothership arose and then to LA where a new crop of musicians, like Dam Funk, are creating their own Funk history. Among those featured in the film are Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, D'Angelo, Marcus Miller, Mtume, Nona Hendryx, Vernon Reid, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, Steve Arrington, Reggie Hudlin, Sheila E, Shock G, Sade's Stuart Matthewman and Diplo. Hosted by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. Vh1 is hoping to air Finding the Funk next spring.
Sheila E & D'Angelo
Sheila E & D'Angelo
After a whirlwind summer of filming concerts, outdoor festivals and intimate backstage jam sessions with some of the Funk's most notable performers, Finding the Funk is headed into post-production. $20,000 is what we need to take our film to the next level.
We'll be posting two other trailers for the film, right here, on our Kickstarter page during the pledge period, giving you all a deeper look into what we've shot and why this film will be worth your time!

Bernie Worrell & Nelson George
Bernie Worrell & Nelson George
Nelson George, Director/Producer
Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie Life Support.


The critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-edited, with Alan Leeds, 'The James Brown Reader (Plume)', a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late '50s. Plume published the book in May '08. Nelson has been on a roll in 2012 with completed documentary projects: Showtime's Brooklyn Boheme (which was supported by Kickstarter), ESPN's The Announcement and the short All Hail the Beat for the Focus Forward campaign. He hopes to continue that success with Finding the Funk.
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