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A journey through the origins and influence of funk music from James Brown to D'Angelo we are FINDING THE FUNK!

"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

Bootsy Collins & Nelson George with Sly Stone
Bootsy Collins & Nelson George with Sly Stone

About Finding the Funk

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, right here, on our Kickstarter page during the pledge period, giving you all a deeper look into what we've shot and why this film will be worth your time!

Sheila E & D'Angelo
Sheila E & D'Angelo

Where will my money go?

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.

Rewards

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. For more details see the side bar on the top right of the screen.

Bernie Worrell & Nelson George
Bernie Worrell & Nelson George

Our team

Nelson George, Director/Producer

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie Life Support. The critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-edited, with Alan Leeds, 'The James Brown Reader (Plume)', a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late '50s. Plume published the book in May '08. Nelson has been on a roll in 2012 with completed documentary projects: Showtime's Brooklyn Boheme (which was supported by Kickstarter), ESPN's The Announcement and the short All Hail the Beat for the Focus Forward campaign. He hopes to continue that success with Finding the Funk.

Arthur Baker, Executive Producer

Born in Boston Massachusetts, USA, Arthur Baker is among the most visible and widelyimitated of the early hip-hop producers, masterminding breakthrough experiments with tape edits and synthetic beats before crossing over to introduce the art of remixing into the pop mainstream. Hip-hop inspired, Baker went on to become an internationally renowned producer, working with legends such as Bob Dylan, Al Green and Bruce Springsteen, performing important remixing work for artists including New Order (most notably the club hit "Confusion") and produced the anti apartheid benefit record Sun City.

Cliff Charles, Director of Photography

For nearly 20 years Cliff Charles has served as a Director of Photography on projects ranging from Chris Rock’s Sundance winning documentary, Good Hair, the Spirit Award nominated film, Jellysmoke and the Jamaican Gangster film, Shottas. He’s earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Cinematography on Spike Lee’s multi-award winning documentaries, When the Levees Broke and If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.”

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We're filmmakers and our main priority, once successfully funded, is to put our noses to the grindstone and focus on completing post-production on "Finding the Funk". With a spring deadline, there is likely to be a four month window between completion of the doc and when we really begin fulfilling the rewards. We're being realistic, and hope you'll be patient waiting to receive your rewards. Trust us it'll be worth it!

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