commune returns to House of Vans this May with the UK Premiere of award winning & critically acclaimed documentary Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (Director's Cut) chronicling the authentic life, music, and history of 90’s underground hip-hop culture in the states.
Packed with rare & archival (35mm & 16mm) footage of some of the most amazing MC’s ever to bless the mic, Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme features the story of MC Supernatural & his quest to become a champion, battling many in his way including his arch nemesis Craig G of the famed Marley Marl Juice Crew.
Combining the best of independent art house cinema within the hip-hop mixtape format, the film features legendary battles from New York to LA. The artists featured in the film, from Mos Def to Wu-Tang Clan to Notorious BIG provide insight into one of the least seen faces present in the music: improvisation and creativity. Structured with insights from the Last Poets and jazz & rap historians Freestyle connects the dots from the pain & love of yesterday & poets to today's hip-hop innovators.
For the occasion, we’re excited to welcome film director Kevin Fitzgerald aka DJ Organic for an exclusive Q&A and DJ Set.
On the night, Kevin will also be presenting The Art of Dance - A Journey into a Movement, a short from an upcoming documentary series exploring the lives of influential dancers and the environments that give rise to their unique approaches and styles. Each episode in the series is based on a theme, featuring a particular dance style, immersing viewers into the dancer’s personal world while peeling back the social and cultural connections, associated music and history.
The screening will be hosted in House Of Vans 100-seat cinema space. A very limited number of walk-in tickets will be available on the day, on a first come, first served basis.
Pilot screening - The Art of Dance: 19:20
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme: 19:30
DJ Set by DJ Organic: 21:45 till close