Beats, Rhymes & The Los Angeles Film Festival Award Tour!
Director & editor, Mike Rap & me
Just when I thought it could never be better than our homecoming premiere of Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, along comes the Los Angeles Film Festival with our LA premiere at the Ford Ampitheatre armed with a stomach punch to the cerebral cortex that had me smiling and wildin’ out all weekend long!
A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White & Phife Dawg
Ali, Phife, Taraji Henson, Jarobi, Greg & AJ the star
Not only were we blessed with a beautiful evening with perfect weather under the stars, but the outdoor theater packed with 1000+ Tribe heads (including family, friends and celebrity types) were treated to a very special appearance by 3 out of the 4 Questers with Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White in attendance to introduce our film to a salivating sold out crowd.
The sold out crowd of 1000+ Tribe fans at the Ford Ampitheatre
And after the credits rolled and the last of the bobbing heads bobbed, the show concluded with a thunderous and humbling standing ovation that seemed to last forever. The satisfied audience remained standing, hungry for more of the good hip hop vibes they had just experienced. And boy did we get more. More than we thought we would ever get…because on Sunday evening we found out that WE WON THE AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY!!! Needless to say myself, our director Michael Rapaport and our entire Beats, Rhymes & Life film crew have been pinching ourselves since. Now Jury Awards are very nice and all because you’re voted on and judged by your filmmaking peers, but an Audience Award is even more special to me because it’s voted on by the people who matter the most when it comes to movies: the audience. To be recognized and rewarded with such an honor after all the “sweat equity” we built up filming, producing and editing Beats, Rhymes & Life (not to mention all the subsequent Twitter/behind the scenes drama that went down!) is the greatest form of appreciation we could possibly receive!
Beats, Rhymes & Lenny
So thank you to all my friends, family and Angelenos who came out to support our film and made our night the best yet for our Beats, Rhymes & Life baby! And now that our festival run is over and we start our theatrical run courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics, we can actually begin in earnest an “Award Tour” we can call our own!
Jarobi, Ali & Phife hit the after party
And oh yeah, “rewind for a second”. There was, of course, the after party which turned into the after after party which then became the after after AFTER party where not only did Jarobi, Phife Diggy and Mike Rap get on the mic for impromptu performances, but Mrs. Phifey Wifey herself (aka Deisha Head-Taylor, you’ll know her for sure once you see the movie if you haven’t already) got on the mic to spit the ATCQ rhymes we all have ingrained in our head. All night long people danced, laughed, made new friends, got drunk together and partied proper til the early hours of Saturday morning which made our Sunday evenings that much more special.
Battle of the 5 Footers: Lucia, Me & Phife
The old school crew…
the (mostly) Academy of Art crew…
and the Motion Theory/Mirada crew
Lucia, Me & BRL crew Rob Benavides (DP) & Eric Matthies (producer)
With BRL producer/homegirl for life Debra Koffler & the mystic man himself, Jarobi
Director, cinematographer & editor: Mike, Rob & Me
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