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. Among those featured in the film are Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, D’Angelo, Marcus Miller, Mtume, Nona Hendryx, Vernon Reid, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, Steve Arrington, Reggie Hudlin, Sheila E, Shock G, Sade‘s Stuart Matthewman and Diplo. Hosted by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots. Vh1 is hoping to air Finding the Funk next spring.
After a whirlwind summer of filming concerts, outdoor festivals and intimate backstage jam sessions with some of the Funk’s most notable performers, Finding the Funk is headed into post-production. $20,000 is what we need to take our film to the next level.
We’ll be posting two other trailers for the film on our Kickstarter page here during the pledge period, giving you all a deeper look into what we’ve shot and why this film will be worth your time!
Your dollars will help us pay for our soundtrack, editing and graphics, all critical aspects of post-production. Donate whatever you can because every dollar counts; whether it’s $5, $10 or $50 your contribution will make a difference because if we don’t reach our goal of $20, 000 by November 9th or we get nothing.
For your support we have lined up a number of funky rewards like film credits, a digital funk mixtape 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 legendary music producer Arthur Baker best known for his work with hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and the British group New Order.
To watch the trailer for Finding The Funk & to donate money to its Kickstarter campaign, go here.
“What Funk is for me, is making something out of nothing. Funk is deep within what we have been taught. Funk for me is our life, Funk for me is the word that was spoke and this is what Funk is, we became flesh and we walked this planet and we started making this stuff outta nothing. And that’s what we did then and that’s what we’re doing now”. – Bootsy Collins