Competition Documentary Features
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp
DIRECTED BY JORGE HINOJOSA
USA, 2012, 88 MIN
A legendary pimp and reformed convict becomes the literary inspiration for an entire generation of rappers, comedians, and blaxploitation filmmakers. Robert Beck, aka “Iceberg Slim,” got out of prison at age 42 and turned his life around, writing seven hugely successful and groundbreaking books. In Pimp: The Story of My Life he reveals the brutality of the criminal underworld, but there’s more to Beck’s story as this intimate documentary reveals. Quincy Jones, Chris Rock, Ice-T, Henry Rollins, and Snoop Dogg explore the rich layers of Beck’s legacy in this portrait of one of the most influential African-American authors of our time. Director Jorge Hinojosa, who grew up in Central Florida, has been Ice-T’s manager for the last 28 years and has a unique insight into the process of creating art out of street life. ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP, his directorial debut, at long last provides a richly entertaining and definitive portrait of this important artist.
DIRECTED BY JANNA JUDE BROWN
USA, 2013, 6.5 MIN
Eight wheels carry him far away from a dark past. Meet the Florida philosopher who wants to be buried with his skates on.