Coast to Coast: Miami Soul to Seattle Hip-Hop
- This film played during the 2014 Florida Film Festival
Total running time: 105 minutes
Who knew? Deep behind the fence that Jim Crow built in the 1960s, a local soul music scene blossomed in Miami. Yes, Miami—often best known for KC and the Sunshine Band—once nourished a homegrown R&B sound that could have given Motown a run for its money. It had the talent, it had the songs, and most importantly, it had a terrific local label known as Deep City which captured it all. Sadly, what it lacked was the payola funding to get these records played on the radio. So despite recording soul legend Betty Wright when she was only 12 years old (!), Deep City faded into obscurity, only to be discovered decades later by record collectors and UK club DJs. Here's the rare music film that introduces fans to a slice of history hitherto unknown. Sit back and embrace the groove.
In the northwest homeland of Hendrix and grunge, a long-brewing hip-hop scene has finally taken hold. It's not dominated by a single sound but instead by a shared perspective. Championed by funky forefather Sir Mix-A-Lot and introduced to the world by hit-makers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Seattle hip-hop has reached a tipping point. Success is knocking, but can the underground subculture which fostered the scene be maintained? Will it be lost with increased sales? THE OTHERSIDE captures a thoughtful music community on the edge, just before it takes a leap into the abyss. Tons of great music make this ride one to enjoy.