PIFVA’s August Cinema Speakeasy

WHAT: PIFVA Presents RAP CITY. 30 min. (1988), directed by Glenn Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo, a rare documentary featuring Philly Hip Hop Pioneers DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Schooly D., E-vette Money and Lady B.
WHEN: Tuesday August 2, 2011 6:30pm Happy Hour/ 7:30pm Screening
WHERE: L’Etage, 6th and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia
Cost: $5 suggested donation.
In 1988, filmmakers Glenn Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo created their first half-hour documentary for WHYY-TV 12. RAP CITY profiles three of the top artists at the time—DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Schooly D. and Yvette Money. It is the earliest known film to document the burgeoning Philly Rap Scene and features tons of great footage. Schooly D performing live at the Spectrum; The Fresh Prince (better known today as mega moviestar Will Smith) receiving his first platinum plaque and candid interview footage shot in and around the homes of these pioneers of Old School Rap. This is a snapshot of an age when hip-hop expressed youthful energy, diversity and just at the start of what would become a global culture.

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