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Back in the Day

New Films on Hip Hop and Urban Subculture

September 21, 2013 - September 28, 2013
Screening Room


Back in the Day: New Films on Hip Hop and Urban Subculture
Sep 21 & 28

We honor important and influential (but lesser known) icons of hip hop and urban subculture with these two premiere screenings.

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  • Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer
    Sep 21, 2013 7:00pm
    Screening Room
    Regular: $10 / YBCA Member, Student, Senior, Teacher: $8 / YBCA:You FREE

    by Charlie Ahearn
    Director in person

    From the director of the cult classic Wild Style, this is the story of Jamel Shabazz, whose mission to create a portrait of the hip-hop generation became a worldwide phenomenon with his book Back in the Days. We follow Shabazz’s journey from his Brooklyn youth to his riveting photographic interactions on the streets and subways of New York. The film is overflowing with vintage shots of kids rocking Puma Suedes, Kangols, and pin-striped Jordaches and features interviews with hip-hop legends Fab 5 Freddy, KRS One, and more. An Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy release. (2012, 81 min, digital)

  • The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan
    Sep 28, 2013 6:30pm
    Screening Room
    $10 / YBCA Member, Student, Senior, Teacher: $8 / YBCA:You FREE

    by Joseph Pattisall & Roger Gastman
    Roger Gastman in person

    Discover the "other" Washington, D.C. of the 1980s through the story of legendary graffiti artist Cool "Disco" Dan, a mysterious, ubiquitous presence during the height of go-go music and record crime rates. Few people knew every block of the city like Dan, and his illegal scrawl became a unifying force for a city on the verge of chaos. Narrated by D.C. native Henry Rollins, the film features interviews with "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry, historian and activist Mark Andersen, musicians Chuck Brown and Ian MacKaye, and more. Filmmakers Joseph Pattisall and Roger Gastman (producer, Exit Through the Gift Shop) illuminate a fascinating chapter of American history, when hip hop and hardcore converged in an atmosphere of total urban collapse. (2012, 90 min, digital)

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