Acclaimed director Sacha Jenkins shines a spotlight on the life and rhymes of the ‘clown prince of hip-hop’, Biz Markie, best known for his Top 40 hit, “Just a Friend.” A who’s who of legends like rappers Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh and actor/comedian Tracy Morgan share how Markie’s playful approach to the genre made him a hip-hop icon and left an indelible mark in the world of music.
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A documentary of game sound from the Victorian arcades through to today, with a special focus on video game sound, but also including mechanical games and pinball. Beep is a feature film, but also a series of webisodes and DVD extras, a book, and a collection of resources found on the Beep website.
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Mark Hunter is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to suburban Arizona from New York. Unbeknownst to his parents and peers, at 10pm each school night Mark takes to the shortwave radio in his basement and transforms into pirate DJ “Hard Harry”. Mark’s show, at once thoughtful and profane, becomes an underground hit with students at his high school, inspiring the wrath of his principal and the Federal Communications Commission [FCC].
It’s Tim Vine recorded live doing what he does best, peppering gags at a defenseless audience. Armed with an arsenal of rapid fire one-liners, a bag of cheap props and a pocket full of stupid ditties. Watch Tim in full flight…. resistance is futile.
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