Los Angeles CA – LACMA Film: Free Screening: The Defiant Ones

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Start Date: July 6, 2017
End Date: July 6, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: LACMA

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7:30 pm | Thu, July 6, 2017

2017, 58 minutes, color, DCP | Directed by Allen Hughes; with Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Jon Landau, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen

Includes a conversation with director Allen Hughes

Episode 1

This exciting and hugely entertaining multi-part documentary series from director Allen Hughes (best known for his films with his twin brother Albert, such as Menace II SocietyAmerican PimpBook of Eli, and, on his own, Broken City) has a unique subject: it’s the backbeat that’s the heart of art in hip-hop and rock. Such a pulse unites the subjects of The Defiant Ones: music hyphenates Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, two of the brightest lights in popular culture. The film also features interviews with on-camera talent such as Ice Cube, Patti Smith, Nas, David Geffen, Stevie Nicks, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Snoop Dogg, Bono, and Bruce Springsteen. The film starts with a seismic shift in the worlds of technology and hip-hop, charting the separate paths that eventually brought these dual titans together (each episode is scored with Ennio Morricone’s theme from The Untouchables). Hughes welds the disparate pieces together, fusing the history of turntable whiz Dre’s (“I still don’t like the way I sound in front of a microphone”) home in Comptonthe birthplace of West Coast rapto the creation of Brooklyn’s Iovine as a tune-up force. (Iovine’s sister describes him as “the man who fell to Earth.”) Hughes mixes songs, home movies, music videos, and film as if he were working the turntables; his storytelling makes the case that both men escaped the working class fates that were expected of them to make their own world-shaking destinies. Hughes will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening of the first two episodes.

Followed by a reception

In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA



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