The Woodstock Of House Documentary

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STORY

The Woodstock of House documentary details the triumph of a genre of music that was attacked and seemingly destroyed by mainstream America in the late 1970s for being too black, too Latin, and too gay. "Woodstock" explores the music's mutation, development, and re-birth as House Music by disaffected African American teenagers on the South Side of Chicago in an underground culture of marginalized, largely gay nightclub constituents.  It is the untold story of the role of Chicago's Chosen Few DJs in the creation of house music. It celebrates the enduring legacy of the annual Chosen Few Music Festival, dubbed the "Woodstock of House" that brings together more than 50,000 people of different races, ages, sexual orientations, and class together in an environment of unity, peace, and love.  

About Chicago House Music

     Early house lyrics typically contained positive, uplifting messages for all people, from every different walk of life but spoke especially to those who were considered outsiders, especially African-Americans, Latinos, and the gay subculture.

     

     House music first got its start within the walls of Chicago's Warehouse nightclub, thus attaining its name. At least three styles of dancing are associated with house music: Jacking, Footwork, and Lofting.

On and On" (1984) by Jesse Saunders is often cited as the first Chicago house record.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaimed August 10, 2005 to be "House Unity Day" in Chicago, in celebration of the "21st anniversary of house music.

 

     Founded by Wayne Williams in 1977, the Chosen Few Disco Corp., was comprised of Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King and Andre Hatchett. To the original group of five, the Chosen Few DJs added two new members – Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn, in 2006 and 2012, respectively.

The film includes interviews with the Chosen Few DJs and footage from the 25th Anniversary Chosen Few Music Festival.

Filming

This is the first documentary film from 2CHi Entertainment

Year: 2020

Country of Origin: United States

​Location: Filmed in Los Angeles County, CA and Chicago, IL

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Directors

Senuwell Smith

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Roderick Wimberly

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Tressa Epps, Alan King, Terry Hunter, Vonda Paige, Kim Parham, Jesse Saunders, Steve Toles, Wayne Williams, Rodrick F. Wimberly

 

PRODUCERS

Tressa Epps, Vonda Paige, Steve Toles, Rodrick F. Wimberly

 

NARRATOR

Llou Johnson

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Kristian Gabriel, John Gorzycka, Stephanie Matthews, Sanicole Young

 

EDITORS

Tolu Oluwadiya, Crosby Tatum

 

ANIMATION

Roman Sudan Montagueo

 

WRITERS

Ayana Wimberly, Rodrick F. Wimberly

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Niphaphone Laura Robertson

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Roderick Wimberly

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