The Harvard Fellow follows one of hiphop's most dynamic artists, 9th Wonder through a year of lecturing and research at Harvard University. While at Harvard, 9th will have an office on campus, teach a class on the history of hiphop, complete a research project and further explore hiphop's history and culture in an academic setting.
In November 2011 we screened our first film The Wonder Year at Harvard University. After the screening 9th was asked to apply to become a Harvard Fellow the following year. In March 2012 he received the acceptance letter to the program and the concept for the second documentary began to take shape.
Part of 9th's requirement as a Harvard Fellow is to complete an academic research project that will be placed permanently in the Harvard Library. For 9th's research project titled "These Are The Breaks" he will be researching the original records that created his top 10 produced albums. For example, 9th will track down all the original records that were sampled to create the ten tracks of Nas's Illmatic. Those records will then be catalogued and archived in the permanent collection at Harvard. While record digging we will meet with the producers who helped craft these classic albums.
The albums are: Dr. Dre "The Chronic," Nas "Illmatic," Jay Z "Reasonable Doubt," Little Brother "The Minstrel Show," A Tribe Called Quest "Midnight Marauders," Ghostface Killah "Supreme Clientele," Slum Village "Fantastic Volume II," Kanye West "The College Dropout," Jay Z - "The Blueprint," and Raekwon "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx."
- WHY MAKING THE HARVARD FELLOW IS IMPORTANT
The film will explore hiphop's place in an academic setting and why it is important to protect and archive its history. There has never been an active member of the hiphop community who has spent a year immersed in the the study of hiphop at an Ivy League school like Harvard University. Making this film will allow audiences around the world to experience this important academic and cultural journey alongside 9th Wonder.
- PLANS FOR THE KICKSTARTER FUNDS
The money raised from this Kickstarter will go towards purchasing film equipment, mixing the film, travel expenses and film festival submission fees. Even with a small crew the cost of filmmaking quickly adds up and with your help we can create a professional film at a relatively low cost. But we need your help!
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The Digital Download of The Wonder Year
The digital download of The Wonder Year will be the entire 78 minute film in HD quicktime format. Perfect for downloading and watching on an iPad, Laptop or streaming to your TV!
Synopsis: A year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder. The film follows one of soul music's most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between. Featuring: Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist & more.
The Wonder Year DVD
The Wonder Year will come in a standard color DVD case, with a color printed DVD. The DVD includes the entire 78 minute film along with the bonus video for 9th Wonder - “Make it Big” featuring footage not seen in film.
Synopsis: A year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder. The film follows one of soul music's most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between. Featuring: Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist & more.The Jamla Records Video Collection (2010 - 2011) DVD
For the first time ever 15 videos from Jamla Records are on DVD including the never before seen video for Rapsody’s “Thank H.E.R. Now”1) Actual Proof - Genius
2) Big Remo ft. 9thmatic - Go
3) Rapsody - Every
4) Big Remo - Woop Woop
5) Actual Proof - Skate Kids
6) Heather Victoria ft. Skyzoo - The Letter
7) Big Remo - Go Ladies
8) Rapsody - Imagination
9) Sean Boog - Getting Mine
10) Halo - Boom Bap For The Radio
11) Rapsody - All Black Everything
12) Actual Proof - The X Factor
13) Rapsody ft. Mac Miller - Extra Extra
14) The Away Team - Road to Redemption
15) Rapsody - Thank H.E.R. Now (Unreleased)
Limited edition wood pendant necklace of The Wonder Year
This is a custom medialian made exclusively by Woodville Inc. The piece is entirely black with the film's logo etched into the front.
Associate Producer credit on The Harvard Fellow
This grants you an associate producer credit on the documentary! Your name will be featured during the opening credits of the film as well as on the film's IMDB page. You'll get exclusive updates on the film's progress and be the first to know of upcoming screenings and events surrounding the film!
Exclusive 9th Wonder beat custom made for you!
This is the biggest reward we're offering! It is your chance to get your hands on a custom original beat exclusively for you from a Grammy Award winning producer who has worked with JayZ, Destiny's Child, Drake, Mary J. Blidge, Ludacris and more! 9th will make the beat live on Ustream and then the beat is yours to use on an album or mixtape.