If there’s going to be a documentary about the past, present and future of Funk, certainly Miles Davis is going to come up somewhere in the conversation. The jazz great is one of many notable artists highlighted in Finding the Funk, a forthcoming documentary from author/filmmaker Nelson George and music producer Arthur Baker.
A nice breakdown of the project can be viewed on Kickstarter, where Finding the Funk is currently holding a pledge drive for donations to help the documentary team, “pay for the soundtrack, editing and graphics, all critical aspects of post-production.”
Inspired by an idea from legendary record producer Arthur Baker, Finding the Funk is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. We start in Dayton the birthplace of so many of Funk’s originators, then onto Detroit where from the ashes of Motown, P-Funk’s Mothership arose and then to LA where a new crop of musicians, like Dam Funk, are creating their own Funk history.
Many ‘funky’ people are interviewed for the doc, including Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, D’Angelo, Marcus Miller, Mtume, Sheila E, and Diplo. The doc is hosted by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the Roots.
The jazz/funk chapter in Miles Davis’ career is discussed in Finding the Funk by Marcus Miller and Mtume – two musicians well-qualified to chat about Miles’ Electric Years, where he pushed ‘jazz’ in yet another new and exciting direction.
Rewards for those who contribute include film credits, a digital funk mix-tape curated by Stone’s Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf, a special sneak peek screening of Finding the Funk at Converse’s Rubber Tracks in NYC, and an opportunity to get your music track re-mixed by Baker.
Vh1 is hoping to air Finding the Funk next spring.
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