PRODUCED, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY JASON ORR for FunkJazz Kafé/ Life Arts Films
Movie narrated by CHUCK D.
This film is the story of a cultural legend as told by the innovators of an important, and in some cases overlooked, era in Black culture. Spanning the late 1980′s through to the early 2000′s, this story goes deep into the fabric of soul music, it’s definitions, it’s pioneers, it’s offspring, it’s movements, the challenges with the “mainstream” industry as well as the evolution of the FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, a music and artistic renaissance movement born out of Atlanta’s diverse musical and cultural arts heritage. The film covers the decade when Atlanta’s underground music scene became established on the world stage and a new generation of soul singers and musicians emerged. FunkJazz Kafé:Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) also explores the question of how we got to live soul bands being non-existing in the commercial music landscape of the 21st century when there once was a plethora of soul and R&B bands since the creation of recorded music. Appearances by: Cornel West, Dick Gregory, Dallas Austin, Erykah Badu, Caron Wheeler, Larry Mizell, Joi Gilliam, George Clinton, Cee Lo Green, Jill Scott, Roy Ayers, Jamie Foxx, Raphael Saadiq, Lil John Roberts, Goodie Mob, Doug E, Fresh, Janelle Monae, Meshell NdegeOcello, Omar Lye-Fook, MC Lyte, Talib Kweli, Common, Jamal Ahmad, Anthony David, Ray Murray, Andre 3000, N’Dea Davenport, Algebra Blessett, LeRonde Williams, Kevin Powell, Loose Ends, Bilal, Dionne Farris, Van Hunt, Eic Roberson, Donnie, Bone Crusher, Sticman of Dead Prez, DJ Kemit and Speech of Arrested Development.
“FunkJazz Kafé: DIARY OF A DECADE” [Trailer]
Be sure to catch one of the exclusive screenings on our film tour!
(Below: “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade” SOLD OUT at BAM in New York City!)
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Click below to read about our previous screenings:
Seattle, WA – Sunday, October 28, 2012 – Northwest Film Forum /Earshot Jazz Film Festival
Atlanta, GA – Nov. 7, 2012 – The Plaza Theater – Grammy Screening (SOLD OUT)
Atlanta, GA – April 4, 2013 – The Plaza Theater (SOLD OUT)
Atlanta, GA – April 23, 2013 - Ga State University School Of Music and Intercultural Relations
Atlanta, GA – July 12, 2013 – Southwest Arts Center (SOLD OUT)
St. Louis, MO – September 19, 2013 – Missouri History Museum (SOLD OUT)
Montgomery, Al – Alabama State University – Friday, August 23, 2013
Montgomery, Al – 11th Annual ASU Black Film Festival – Saturday, August 24, 2013
Atlanta, GA - Inaugural FJK Documentary Film Festival + Music Conference - Oct. 5, 2013 – Southwest Arts Center
Atlanta, GA – March 23, 2015 – Clark Atlanta University -Trevor Arnett Hall (223 James P. Brawley Dr.)
Charlotte, NC – TBA
Chicago, IL – TBA
Boston, MA – TBA
New Orleans, LA – TBA
London, England – TBA
Vancouver, Canada – TBA
See reviews on “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) from Indiewire/Shadow And Act, Blues & Soul Magazine and Total Eclipse Magazine below:
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Blues & Soul Magazine Review
MOVIE REVIEW “FunkJazz Kafe:Diary Of A Decade”: Diary of a Decade – Movie Review – By SentAsha – www.funkjazzkafe.com
Total Eclipse Magazine:
Here are some “Behind The Scene” images while making “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” over the years of interviewing our large cast.
PHOTO DESCRIPTION FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND LEFT TO RIGHT: ROW ONE: Director, Jason Orr interviewing Cornel West (2011) ROW TWO: Andre 3000 interview (2001), Chuck D meets Omar (2001), Director Jason Orr with Common and Erykah Badu (2000) ROW THREE: Director, Jason Orr talking to Dick Gregory (2011), Bilal performing at FunkJazz Kafe Arts & Music Festival (2004) ROW FOUR: Director, Jason Orr with George Clinton (2011), Jason Orr interviewing Public Enemy (2001) ROW FIVE: Loose Ends interview (2000), Joi Gilliam interview (2010) ROW SIX: Jamal Ahmad interview (2010), Jason Orr at Anthony David interview (2010) ROW SEVEN: Van Hunt Interview (2001), Kebbi Williams at FunkJazz Kafe Arts & Music Festival (2001) ROW EIGHT: MC Lyte interview (2004), Meshell Ndegeocello at FunkJazz Kafe Arts & Music Festival (2003) ROW NINE: Raphael Saadiq performing at FunkJazz Kafe Arts & Music Festival (2001), Omar interview (2001) ROW TEN: Director, Jason Orr, interviewing Erykah Badu (2000), Janelle Monae interview with direcor, Jason Orr (2007) ROW ELEVEN: Jamie Foxx and director, Jason Orr at a backstage interview (2001), Cee Lo Green interview (2010)