90 minutes; 2009
THE RISE AND FALL OF MISS THANG is a film about Dee Miller, a young woman who has come to be known as Miss Thang, the hottest dancer in Chicago’s underground house music scene. A former tap dancing prodigy, Dee now spends her time ruling the dance floor at the local night club. Living off her mother and occasionally braiding hair in her mother’s salon for spending money, Dee continually ignores everyone’s pleas for her to grow up and become a responsible adult until she is forced to grow up.
Performance: DJ Cool Gee
Soundtrack for a Revolution · Sunday, August 15, 2010
Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman
82 minutes; 2009
SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its music. The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young. Proceeded by a tribute to Lena Horne.
Performance: The Bandroids
88 minutes; 2010
RiseUP is a cinematic journey into the heart of Jamaica, where three distinct and courteous artists fight to rise up from obscurity and write themselves into the pages of history. RiseUp features reggae legends Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespare, and a slew of soon-to-be superstars including Turbulence.
Performance: Judah Tribe