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Festival to debut documentary
by Nneka Okona
July 10, 2013 10:05 AM | 1211 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In its 19th year, The FunkJazz Kafé, a multi-faceted arts and music festival, is premiering an original documentary titled, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of a Decade (The Story of a Movement).”

The screening will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta.

The 118-minute documentary is narrated by Chuck D of Public Enemy, a hip-hop group formed in the 1980s in Long Island, New York.

In full, the film highlights the underground African-American arts and entertainment scene from 1994 to 2007 with comments and cameos from George Clinton, Doug E. Fresh, Jill Scot, India.Arie, Erykah Badu and others.

Festival founder Jason Orr said viewers can learn the significance of the festival experience.

“It is important simply because it is a necessary vehicle in regards to maintaining a platform for cultural innovation and preservation of cultures that reflect our ancestry,” he said.

Orr said the film sends a definitive message he hopes audience members receive, digest and turn into action.

“The film kind of says, if you want to do something, you can do it now,” he said.

Ron Williams, the festival’s chief operating officer who also appears in the documentary, agreed with the value of the film’s message.

“The purpose of it is to demonstrate the need and importance of encouraging people to express themselves,” he said. “It all starts with who you are. Wherever you are, you can tap into your own talent and the things that are within and share them with others.”

Tickets for the screening, which will be followed by a Q&A with Orr, are $15.

Tickets for festival’s live show Saturday at the Tabernacle, 152 Luckie Street in downtown Atlanta, are $28.50.

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