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“90s Rap, Reggae, and Life in LA"

TUPAC backstage @ JAMAICA HOUSE (Night 1 LA RIOTS)
TUPAC backstage @ JAMAICA HOUSE (Night 1 LA RIOTS)
POSTER - THE ROOTS Live @ Jamaica House
POSTER - THE ROOTS Live @ Jamaica House
Daddy Freddy @ JAMAICA HOUSE
Daddy Freddy @ JAMAICA HOUSE
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Live @ Jamaica House
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Live @ Jamaica House

DIRECTED by
Alfred Gragg

PRODUCED by
Howard Lynch David Ferguson Alfred Gragg

JAMAICA HOUSE was LA’s biggest and longest running urban nightspot of the 90s, lasting over a decade.  In this chronicle of the club, you venture behind the velvet rope of Hollywood, with rap and reggae’s golden-era elite. Founded by four boyhood friends, the club was a flashpoint in cultural history, surviving gangs, drugs, the LA Riots, and growing violence in the culture. This is also a coming of age story for the boyhood founders, and for rap itself.  As the music changed, the club ‘blew-up’ beyond it’s underground roots. The founders struggled with money, new fame, old demons, and the trappings of success. Never seen before performances and interviews from TUPAC SHAKUR, NOTORIOUS B.I.G., RUN-DMC, ICE CUBE, W.C., WU-TANG CLAN, THE ROOTS, GANG STAR, SUPERCAT, DADDY FREDDY, MR. VEGAS, PHARCYDE and members of NWA highlight the film.

Who We Are                                                                                                       A team-- boyhood friends who grew up in LA together 'ride or die.'  We're dedicated to completing this film and getting it on the biggest stage possible for Hip-Hop, our first love.

What We Need
Start-up funds. These funds will allow us to initiate production. Specifically, to obtain camera, sound and lighting equipment to shoot more interviews. Then, we can hire an editor to begin a rough cut. Thus, your donations are a pre-production 'bridge' toward the next step of production. THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST PHASE! Depending on your level of donation, you could receive promotional items, T-shirts, pre-release signed DVDs, CDs, digital downloads, bonus footage, or music (see rewards to the right).  Also included are VIP entry to events, screenings, or a private DJ lesson from one of the world's greatest DJ's. Any donation helps!  If you donate you'll receive updates through Kickstarter that include our own video clips.

HOW DONATIONS ARE PROCESSED:                                                                To raise money for these costs, our Kickstarter campaign will run for 30 days.  Donations are made via Amazon.com (using your credit card), and your donations can remain anonymous if you choose.  If we do not reach our goal by the end of the campaign, we don't get any money, and you will not be charged.  So we need your help in meeting our goal!

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    GOOD LOOKIN' OUT We give thanks, you're truly appreciated! In expression of our appreciation, we'll give you a shout out and Special Thanks on our Jamiaca House Facebook page.

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    HOMEBOY / HOMEGIRL You are now our homey. Because we're homies, we'll give you a signed DVD or Digital Download of our super trailer, with bonus footage unavailable to the public. And you get the facebook shout out.

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    RUDE BOY You're an original Jamaican-style rude boy and remember Kingston 12, big up! For this, you get a vintage Jamaica House T-shirt and a shout-out on our page.

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    OLD SCHOOL HEAD You're a true Hip-Hop enthusiast who more than likely had memorable times at Jamaica House, plus kept your African medallion. At this level you receive all the previous rewards (above), plus an old school Jamaica House music pack: signed CD or download of soundtrack+MIXTAPE

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    CREW LOVE You are officially down with our 'crew' as someone we know has our back. Forget the bar, you were sippin' 40z in the back with us. As a member of the crew, you and a friend are on the guest-list for our special private screening, plus the official after party. At this level you also receive all the previous rewards.

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    BIG PIMPIN' STATUS You're in the game strong and you know what's hot and what's not. No longer ballin' on a budget, you traded in your Mickeys & Swishers for Moet and real cigars. At this level, in addition to the previous perks, you receive a personal phone call from the Producers, and Special Thanks in the film. Your name will now appear in the film credits. Welcome to the movie industry!

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    GOLDEN ERA You're with that late 80s, early 90s true-school, and were bumpin everything from ATCQ to KRS-One. As you're not down with the radio shit, you'll receive the private unedited Director's cut of the film. At this level, you also receive all the previous rewards (listed above).

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    WEST COAST VET You still got your og 'Raiders' snapback, and liked Cube better with the Jherri Curl. And since JAMAICA HOUSE rep'd the West Coast, you're at the pulse of the whole event. What your doing is actually guiding the this project to reality . We're so grateful, in addition to all of the earlier perks, you get a one-hour private DJ lesson from on of the World's Greatest Jamaica House DJs featured in the film. This will be in Hollywood, which we'll film and post online for you to share (travel not included). At this level you also receive the previous rewards (listed above).

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    V.I.P. / BOSS At this level, you have made a strong impact on us, like a BOSS (and we respect your game). You get to walk the red carpet with us, plus enjoy dinner. You and the producers will have a power dinner at one of L.A's most popular restaurants, Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. President Obama ate their this year, with the rest of LA's 'hood-rich' superstars and industry players. All the wings you can eat, or get my favorite Scoe's #2. Travel to California not included. At this level you also receive all the previous rewards (listed above).

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Like Special Ed said 'you're our idol, our highest title' and an official Film Producer. While we already have professional producers, you earn an official Associate Producer 'credit' on the film! This is a very real and coveted Film Credit.

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