Film Screening: Bouncing Cats at Fourth Wall


We’re excited to be hosting this film screening tomorrow – hosted by Crazy Legs (Rocksteady Crew)!

Bouncing Cats- Directed by Nabil Elderkin

Hip hop has come a long way in 30 years. Today it’s influence can be seen in nearly every aspect of modern pop culture as it has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. But long before it was used to sell fast food and laptops, hip hop was a culture born in reaction to the crime and poverty that terrorized our inner cities. It gave a voice to those who had been marginalized by society and a creative outlet for all who cared to be a part of it. Setting out to challenge inequalities, DJs, MCs, writers and b-boys created a movement that would soon transcend all social and geographical boundaries.
In going mainstream, hip hop and the industry that grew around it began to take on more marketable pop sensibilities. Yet even as social consciousness recedes back into the underground, the culture and it’s four elements continue to resonate with those around the world facing inequality and persecution.
In the upcoming documentary BOUNCING CATS we get a glimpse into modern day Uganda where decades of war, disease and poverty have made it one of the worst places on Earth to be a child. It follows the story of Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan b-boy and A.I.D.S. orphan, who is working to create a better life for the children of his homeland through the transformative power of hip hop culture. As the founder of Breakdance Project Uganda he has created a network of b-boy classes and workshops throughout the country which provide hope and creative outlets for the country’s youth. The film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will.I.Am, and K’Naan among many others.
Bouncing Cats was produced by Red Bull Media House and directed by first-time filmmaker Nabil Elderkin. All proceeds from the film will go to Breakdance Project Uganda.

On FRIDAY AUGUST 6TH, REDBULL and the FOUTH WALL PROJECT will host a FREE screening of the film followed by discussion and analysis by some very special guests.

Founder of the world famous Rock Steady Crew CRAZY LEGS will be in attendance to take part in a question and answer session moderated by hip hop journalist CHRIS FARONE of The Boston Phoenix. From founding Rock Steady in 1979 to his current work supporting Breakdance Project Uganda he has embodied hip hop for over 30 years and will be giving his insight on the culture’s past, present and future.

He will be joined by local b-boy legends the FLOORLORDS who will be on hand to show their moves as they warm up for the United Styles 6 International Poppin Battles 1 on 1 Competition later in the night.

Doors are at 5:30 with the film starting promptly at 6 so show up early as space is limited.
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Bouncing Cats Screening

Featuring
Q&A with Crazy Legs Moderated by Hip Hop Journalist Chris Farone
The Floorlords

Friday August 6th
5:30 – 9
Fourth Wall Project
132 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

FREE

More Info and Links:

THE MOVIE:

Bouncing Cat is the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance. The film follows Abramz, Crazy Legs, and Breakdance Project Uganda on a journey to use hip-hop culture for positive social change.

www.bouncingcats.com

http://www.facebook.com/bouncingcats

http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/07/23/22308987.aspx

CRAZY LEGS:

As a founder NYC’s legendary Rock Steady Crew, Crazy Legs is one of most influential b-boys of all time. You may recognize him from the cult classics Wild Style and Style Wars. He also gave Europe one of it’s first tastes of Hip Hop culture performing along side Africa Bambaataa and Fab 5 Freddie on 1983′s New York City Rap Tour.
For over 30 years his commitment to the culture has never wavered and he continues to bring the positive message of hip hop to the next generation of b-boys and b-girls to this day.

http://www.rocksteadycrew.com/

THE FLOORLORDS
Boston’s own B-boy legends THE FLOORLORDS have been together since 1982 and have made their own mark on the formation of b-boy culture. They have toured the world competing and doing demonstrations while amassing quite a healthy collection of trophies along the way. In 2008 they were honored by Saucony with own line of custom shoes.

http://www.floorlords.com/

Karate Chimps

Sunday Videos


Jefferson’s Theme


Sanford and Son Theme


Quincy Jones -Summer in the City


Shabba Ranks – Mr. Loverman

That last one was put in because the Fader’s recent Shabba Ranks layout has been weighing heavily on everyones imagination lately.

Download the issue here

Big Boi For Dummies

Along with Big Boi’s new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot… the Son of Chico Dusty, which comes out July 6, He’s dropped this mixtape to remind people of the understated genius from the past 20 years of his varied career.

Download it here for free!

And You can pre-order exclusive versions of Sir Lucious Left Foot… the Son of Chico Dusty, including a double vinyl and a custom GoodWood chain, here on the bigboi.com store.

Cremaster Cycle At Kendall Square

Starting this Friday June 25th until July 1st, Matthew Barney’s epic masterwork CREMASTER CYCLE will be playing at Kendall Square Cinema. Plus the premiere of a new film by Matthew Barney DE LAMA LÂMINA.

The acclaimed five-part CREMASTER CYCLE is an evocation of the creative process by sculptor and performance artist Matthew Barney. Although the five films were not created in chronological order, and each one comprises a completely realized work in itself, together and in numerical order they follow a geographical path from west to east and trace a metaphorical path toward fully developed form.

Barney’s celebrated CREMASTER CYCLE is not now, nor will it ever be, available to consumers on DVD. The only place it can be seen is on screen in theaters so don’t miss this rare occasion to see for yourself what the Detroit Free Press calls “A once in a lifetime experience”.

“Barney gives awesome expression to a singularly vivid imagination.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times 2000

“Barney has, in fact, created one of the best artworks, best movies, and certainly the best hybrid of the two (including video art) I’ve seen in a year. I found myself riveted to the screen…” – Doug Harvey, LA Weekly 2000

DE LAMA LÂMINA Premiere!
De Lama Lâmina (From Mud, A Blade) was filmed during Carnival 2004 in Salvador De Bahia, Brazil. A collaboration between Barney and avant-garde musician Arto Lindsay, De Lama Lâmina is a vivid illustration of Barney’s fascination with “biomechanical erotica.” Barney calls the film, “a meditation on the creative process…a way to express a faith in the balances in nature… and through this faith being able to look at the world today without feeling hopeless.” The film’s running time is 55 minutes.

CREMASTER 1 & 2:
In CREMASTER 1 (1996), a platinum starlet with twin hovering Goodyear blimps builds geometric patterns from red and green grapes, mirrored by Busby Berkeley-style showgirls on the blue Astroturf field below. CREMASTER 2 (1999), a hallucinatory work featuring writer/director Matthew Barney as Western outlaw Gary Gilmore and Norman Mailer as Harry Houdini, is an eclectic mix of gender-bending sexuality and athleticism, obscure historical references, high fashion, remote locations, lush music and a range of category-defying mythopoeic imagery. The film’s running time is 120 minutes. (USA 1995/99)

CREMASTER 3:
An epic journey that infuses Celtic mysticism with 20th century modernism, blockbuster bombast with hermetic aesthetics. Shot at two architectural landmarks-New York’s Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum-along with locales in Ireland, Scotland and upstate New York, CREMASTER 3 follows The Entered Apprentice (Barney) as he endures torture and travails in order to ascend each building. Peopled by ogres and gangsters, chorus girls and freemasons, Barney’s bizarre universe is never less than stunning. Features appearances by sculptor Richard Serra, hardcore bands Agnostic Front and Murphy’s Law, and athlete Aimee Mullins. The film’s running time is 181 minutes. (USA, 2002)

CREMASTER 4 & 5:
In CREMASTER 4, a flame-haired satyr (filmmaker Matthew Barney) slowly taps his way through an eroding floor into the sea, as competing color-coded motorcycle teams set off in opposite directions to circle the Isle of Man. In CREMASTER 5, Ursula Andress (Dr. No) stars as the Queen of Chain, an audience of one for whom a lush operatic spectacle is performed by the Budapest Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra within a grand 19th century opera house, accompanied by faeries, a magician (Barney), various attendants of unspecified gender and species, and a bevy of live pigeons. The film’s running time is 98 minutes (USA, 1994/97)

Sunday Videos : RZA’s New Opus

You had me at Ayo!

RZA directorial debut has a lot of familiar faces – Eli Roth, John Frusciante , and Robert Tai, the fight choreographer from the 1978 classic The Five Deadly Venoms. From the trailer we see that RZA employed the 70′s exploitation toolbox with grainy film , psychedelic effects and conspicuous dubbing.

Brothers Quay For Comme Des Garcon

For the debut of their new “Wonderwood” fragrance, Comme des Garcons has produced a short film. Directed by the Brother Quay, known of their stop motion work primarily, with Fourth Wall hosting an exhibition of their sets in 2009.

J.Dilla – A Suite For Ma Dukes + J.Rocc(DJ Set) : Fourth Wall

Fourth Wall Project Presents the Premier Screening Of: A Suite For Ma Dukes- The Music of J.Dilla
performed by Miguel Atwood – Ferguson w/ a 60 Piece Orchestra.

Followed by a DJ set by J.Rocc (Stones Throw/ Beat Junkies)

A Suite for Ma Dukes celebrated the music of J.Dilla. Composed and arranged for a 60 piece Orchestra by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson feat. special guests Bilal, Dwele, Posdnuos, Talib Kweli and more. This premiere performance is still on the minds of many. Mixed and mastered by legendary Grammy award winning producer/mixer, Bob Power. The man behind hundreds of pop and jazz recordings for such artists as Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest and more, he had also worked with Dilla while he was alive. Hiphop has never sounded or looked like this, welcome to a new era, a new scale and a new sound. Part of the proceeds of all Suite for Ma Dukes performances and recordings will go towards Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey and the heirs to the Dilla Estate.

We will be screening the video produced from the performance described above – part of the Timeless Series by Mochilla.

Hoc n’ Pucky

Handmade Nation Screening At Fourth Wall

HANDMADE NATION

Today’s crafters are no longer interested in simply cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on China. Instead, the contemporary craft movement embraces emerging artists, crafters, and designers working in traditional and nontraditional media. Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching has revolutionized the embroidery industry. Each year Nikki Mcclure sells thousands of her cut-paper wall calendars. Emily Kircher recycles vintage materials into purses. Stephanie Syjuco manufactures clothing under the tag line “because sweatshops suck.” These are just some of the fascinating makers united in the new wave of craft capturing the attention of the nation, the handmade nation.

Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. For HANDMADE NATION (along with the documentary film of the same name, coming in 2009) she and Cortney Heimerl have selected 24 makers and 5 essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking.

Twenty-four artists from Olympia, Washington to providence, rhode island, and everywhere in between show their work and discuss their lives. texts by andrew wagner of American Craft magazine, Garth Johnson of extremecraft.com, Callie Janoff of the church of craft, Getsy Greer of craftivism.com, and Susan Beal, author of super crafty, supply a critical view of the tight-knit community where ethics can overlap with creativity and art with community. Handmade Nation features photographs of the makers, their work environment, their process, their work, and discussions of how they got their start and what motivates them. Handmade Nation is a fascinating book for those who are a part of the emerging movement or just interested in sampling its wares.

Boston Screening of Handmade Nation

At Fourth Wall Project
132 Brookline Ave.
Boston, Ma. 02215

Monday, January 18th 2010

Doors open at 6:15
film at 7:00
q&a with director Faythe Levine to follow the film.
tickets at the door, $7 cash only.

Magpie will be selling Handmade Nation the book at the screening****

Sponsored by:
Fourth Wall Project, My Love For You & Video Underground.

my love for you is a stampede of horses & pablo escobar’s photog

jetlag at beauty bar

Our friend Esteban recently finished a short documentary on Pablo Escobar’s (the 7th richest man in the world in 1989 according to Forbes) personal photographer for VBS. Check it out Below.

Last time I was out in nyc for that g-shock /kanye party, Este took me to an east village speakeasy named cabin to say what’s up to our homey Mike from dead trees who was slinging beers to supermodels before heading out for a couple dates in Brazil.

That was after earlier festivities w/ Greg & Ease of Mishka who run two parties that night…..one with Andy from the Smiths Djing:

and the second one was mad hipstered out w/ 45 people taking photos -even the village voice has a slideshow up- while Darth Bano from Ninjasonik played in the ex-massage parlour known as Happy Endings…..the party was aptly named popping bottles and getting pregnant and marked the release of Darth’s mixtape for Mishka’s rad mix series….you can download here.

Lastly, our friend Meighan writes for Juxtapoz & her own site - My love for you is a stampede of horses

Please vote for her to win the shortlist arts & culture site prize from Dazed & Confused Magazine.
She writes about new artists pretty(as opposed to the same 20 that seem to get all the press in the world) much every day and has an incredible eye and deserves to win. She will also be curating the upcoming October art show at our space – fourth wall project.