Dungeon Family, what it do! Every year, SXSW never ceases to serve as one of North America’s most exciting festivals. Although largely highlighted for its unique, spontaneous at times concert experiences, many seem to forget that the Austin festival is also a hot spot for some of hottest film premieres.
Spanning nine days (March 11-20), the SXSW Film Festival has been known to debut some of cinematic world’s most anticipated films, past inclusions spanning everything from Bridesmaids (2011), Marley (2012) Neighbours (2014) and other hit flicks.
Earlier this week, SXSW let loose the lineup for the 2016 Film Festival and it is looking absolutely crazy! Highlights of this year’s festival include Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, the Judd Apatow-produced Pee-wee’s Big Holiday and of course, Everybody Wants Some, Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 cult classic, Dazed and Confused.
In terms of documentaries, the festival has highlighted a film that is sure to spark the attention of any 90s Hip-Hop fan, The Art of Organized Noize. Directed by Quincy Jones III (Beef series, Lil Wayne’s The Carter), the film will focus on the production trio made up of Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade and Ray Murray. Organized Noize were an essential part of the Southern movement around the turn of the 21st century, known for their iconic records for everybody from Ludacris, TLC (including the chart-topping hit, “Waterfalls“) OutKast (the production trio were arguably Big Boi and Andre 3000’s main producers throughout their career).
Described by SXSW as “the story of the rise and fall of music’s most prolific unsung heroes”, The Art of Organized Noize is executive produced by the trio, along with Queen Latifah and a couple of other individuals, and will feature new interviews from the likes of OutKast, Cee-Lo Green, Future (all part of the Dungeon Family collective), Diddy, 2 Chainz and many others. Additionally, Organized Noize are believed to have produced new music for the film.
While both a set premiere date or a trailer have yet to be released, Organized Noize members Rico Wade and Ray Murray did however participate in a short film for Boiler Room baring the same name, which would lead us to believe that there is some sort of correlation between the two, or at the very least a taste of what we could expect with the documentary.
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