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Friday, March 19, 2010

Art Beats + Lyrics // Hip Hop Cinema: Copyright Criminals // Soul Symphony


SATURDAY March 27, 2010


@ Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square
Washington, DC 20001

Copyright Criminals
70 minutes 2009 Benjamin Frazen / Kembrew Mcleod

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.

This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.”The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more.

It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer and the world’s most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton.As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?

After film you are invited to participate in an audience discussion around the film with some of the best voices in the DC’s Hip Hop Community!

After film you are invited to participate in an audience discussion around the film with some of the best voices in the DC’s Hip Hop Community!

with: Brandon Dozier, ESQ - Entertainment Attorney, Starrworks Consulting
Kendell Kelly, ESQ - IP Attorney, Georgetown University
Paul Porter - Industry Ears
Moderator Dru Ryan

"The monthly Hip-Hop Cinema Café is a great way to enjoy hip-hop and film at the same time in D.C., but if you want to participate fully in these screenings, you should first familiarize yourself with a few canonical movies. Sure, you can show up, watch, and bounce, but often the best part of this event is the talk afterward, which typically includes a roundtable of D.C.-based arts luminaries."

- Washington CityPaper Best Of D.C. '09

The Washington Post on HHCC:
"Film Series Spotlights D.C. Style Of Hip-Hop"

The Washington CityPaper on HHCC:
"Best of D.C. 2009-Staff Pick: Best Way to Enjoy the Intersection of Film and Hip-Hop


AB+L explores several themes in Hip Hop and highlights urban art forms expressed through photography, graffiti and paintings fused with DJ’ing, break dancing and live music.



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