197 East 17th Avenue (@ Main Street)
Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 1

Saturday, May 26
$5 – 10 sliding | Doors: 8 PM, Show: 8:30 PM

Blim and Kevin Fitzgerald present:
The Art of Rhyme

Award winning and critically acclaimed documentary film “The Art of Rhyme” featuring Mos Def, The Roots, and The Last Poets.

Produced by the Sundance Award Winning and Academy Award nominated makers of the ThinkFilm documentary “Murderball”. Edited by the Emmy Award Winning, and Berlin Film Festival Jury Prize Winning maker of the Hot Docs best Documentary Feature Winner “Power Trip”.

“The Art of Rhyme” explosively documents the world of improvisational hip-hop, providing an authentic look into the life, music and history of this underground culture. Packed with rare and archival footage of some of the most amazing MC's ever to bless the mic! Revolutionary poetry comes to life in a mix of language, politics, history and culture, creating a new subversive code that re-appropriates English in a tool of economic and social empowerment. Holding great entertainment and educational value for enthusiasts as well as for those misinformed about rap and hip-hop due to its intimate and honest portrayal of a group of hard working independent, intelligent, ambitious, and talented artists in pursuit of a dream, deconstructing the thug life image that is often associated with the music.

The NEW YORK TIMES, A.O. Scott hails the film as:
“A Joyful and Ferocious celebration of the verbal artistry of hip-hop. And a rousing education in an art form that is too often misunderstood.”

WINNER HBO Best Documentary Award, Urban World Film Festival
WINNER Best Documentary & Audience Award, Pan African Film Festival
WINNER Special Jury Prize, Documentary Film, Florida Film Festival
WINNER Best Documentary & Maverick Award, Woodstock Film Festival


Los Angeles Film Festival
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Vancouver Documentary Film Festival
Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival
Cambridge Film Festival
SXSW Film Festival

Theatrically released in North America by Palm Pictures/Universal, selling out almost every screening it has ever had, beating out Napoleon Dynamite as the #4 independent film in it's opening weekends in the U.S., Japan, and New Zealand, with the North American TV rights acquired by MTV Networks.

Please note that a fully translated version with French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Finish subtitles is available.

More Info available at:
rottentomatoes.com (review)

Official Website: http://www.blim.ca

Added by BLIM on April 30, 2007

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