Can symphony and hip hop be combined? We will soon find out. Help us raise at least $2000 to send the film to festivals!
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Mozart of Rap is a feature film about a young man named Rob Jones from New York. Rob has better visions for his life than just creating the same old rap music with his two best friends, Tyrone and Cobra. He wishes there were something different that he could do, something that he would respect himself for. When he learns of Darelle Sylva, who composes symphony music and writes rap to it, he decides to meet up to start recording. The only problem is, Cobra and Tyrone accuse him of going behind their back, and tension starts to rise.
What is Mozart of Rap?
Mozart of Rap is Martin Bentsen's first feature-length film. It was shot in New York City on a micro budget, but reviews have so far been excellent and audience response has been the same.
Martin Bentsen had always wanted to do a feature film and decided that he didn't need to wait until he was "old enough" or "ready." Instead, he decided that there is no time like now, and so at age twenty he wrote Mozart of Rap. The cast and crew shot it over the course of the summer in 2010 and even shot on Martin's 21st birthday. Everyone celebrated wrapping the film a couple weeks later with a screening of the initial rough cut.
After a long, drawn-out process of editing and reediting, the film was mostly finished being edited by the end of 2011, and had it's first private screening for a small audience at NYU. It was received very well except for a few criticisms, and went back to the editing room to be fully finished by April 19th, 2012.
The concept of the film came when Martin saw the ending scene to the film "Amadeus," as Mozart composes the music from his deathbed and we hear the music playing as he hums the melody. This scene inspired Martin to do a film about Hip Hop music that combines symphony with rap, and suddenly, the concept for Mozart of Rap was born.
Many people ask why? Why did Martin choose to do his first feature film about a culture he knows very little of? Well, the answer is simple. Martin was always interested in hip hop music since he was fourteen, and had actually recorded a lot of songs for fun with some of his friends when he was younger. As a filmmaker, Martin knew that he should focus more on filmmaking than on hip hop music, and suddenly the idea hit him: Why not combine the two?
Where are we now?
Mozart of Rap is completely finished. The film is now copyrighted and will be sent out the film festivals throughout the course of the year. We hope to get a distribution deal before the end of the year so that Mozart of Rap can go out for the world to see.
We are looking for funding to send the film out to film festivals and to help us to create the marketing materials for the movie. Feature films typically cost $75 to $100 to send to each film festival, and by raising over $2,000 we will be able to cover those costs. Additional funds past our goal will help us to hire a publicist and spread the word even farther!
The primary Mozart of Rap cast consists of:
Damion Omar Lee: Plays Rob Jones
Karim Koita: Plays Darelle Sylva
Deron Campbell: Plays Hank "Cobra" Jackson
Dior Allen: Plays Tyrone MacDonald
Daria Szegda: Plays Donna Williams
The Primary Mozart of Rap crew consists of:
Martin Bentsen: Director/Writer/Producer
Kevin Wang: Director of Photography
Karl Bardosh: Executive Producer
M J Bentsen Executive Producer
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