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, THE CHRONICLE, GOODIE MOB, DOUG E. FRESH, JANELLE MONAE, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, CHUCK D, PROFESSOR GRIFF, OMAR LYE-FOOK, MC LYTE, TALIB KWELI, COMMON, JAMAL AHMAD, ANTHONY DAVID, RAY MURRAY, ANDRE 3000, N’DEA DAVENPORT, ALGEBRA, LERONDE WILLIAMS, KEVIN POWELL, LOOSE ENDS, BILAL, DIONNE FARRIS, VAN HUNT, ERIC ROBERSON, DONNIE, LADY ALMA, BONE CRUSHER, STICMAN of DEAD PREZ, DJ KEMIT and SPEECH.
“FunkJazz Kafé: DIARY OF A DECADE” [Trailer]
Be sure to catch one of the exclusive screenings on our 2014 film tour!
May 10, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA – Blackstar Film Festival
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Click below to read about our previous screenings:
Seattle, WA – Saturday, October 27, 2012 and Sunday, October 28, 2012- Northwest Film Forum /Earshot Jazz Film Festival (1515 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA (206) 329-2629 · nwfilmforum.org), – 5:00pm both days (SOLD OUT)
Atlanta, GA – Nov. 7, 2012 – The Plaza Theater – Grammy Screening (SOLD OUT)
Atlanta, GA – April 4, 2013 – The Plaza Theater (SOLD OUT)
St. Louis, MO – September 19, 2013 – Missouri History Museum (SOLD OUT)
Montgomery, Al – 11th Annual ASU Black Film Festival – Friday, August 23, 2013
Atlanta, GA – Inaugural FJK Documentary Film Festival + Music Conference - Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – Southwest Arts Center – SEE DETAILS HERE
Newark, NJ – TBA
Charlotte, NC – TBA
Chicago, IL – TBA
Boston, MA – TBA
New Orleans, LA – TBA
London, England – TBA
Vancouver, Canada – TBA
Detroit, MI – ENCORE SCREENING!!!! – TBA
See reviews on “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) from
Rolling Out Magazine, Indiewire/Shadow And Act, Blues & Soul Magazine and Total Eclipse Magazine below:
[CLICK ON IMAGES TO READ 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)