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Seeking Communities - Nov 12 to Nov 18

Dark City Beneath the Beat TT The Artist

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Dark City Beneath the Beat is an inspiring audio-visual experience: a journey to the heart of the Baltimore club scene led by director TT The Artist and featuring a colourful group of local DJs and artists. Many outsiders’ perspectives on Black communities in Baltimore have exploitative undertones; in contrast, this film, co-produced by Issa Rae, is an insiders’ portrait. It calls on us to join together to transcend socio-economic problems through music, poetry and dance. In this stylish portrayal of the essence of Baltimore, from its unique social climate to its creative LGBTQ+ community, musical sequences and personal stories reveal how a positive subculture can keep a city’s heart beating. It’s hard to stay in your seat in the face of these sound pioneers’ incredible energy! (Charlotte Selb)

Presented in collaboration with Radio-Canada and POP Montréal

Dark City Beneath the Beat

  • Country : United States
  • Year : 2020
  • V.O : English
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 65 MIN
  • Cinematography : Kirby Griffin
  • Cinematography : Madeline Becker
  • Cinematography : Joey Malinski
  • Cinematography : Nick Gorey
  • Editing : Tedra Wilson
  • Production : Issa Rae
  • Production : Deniese Davis
  • Production : Rose DiFernando
  • Production : Astrid Curet
  • Sound Design : Trailblazer Studios
  • Sound Design : Sam Elia
  • Sound Design : Willie Elias
  • Sound Design : Tedra Wilson
  • Sound Design : Marquis "Mighty Mark" Gasque

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