Saturday, October 24, 2015, 6 pm
Since the mid 1980’s, Spike Lee’s commitment to use art in the service of addressing race, class and the complexities of Black life in America has been unparalleled. The unique reality Lee articulates for a distinct aesthetic has offered a voice to the voiceless for over 30 years.
In the spring of 2014 however, Lee did something a little different—he produced his first film through crowd sourcing via Kickstarter. Lee says he chose public funding “because I wanted to make this film but I knew no studio was going to make this. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just a realist and wasn’t going to spend a year knocking on doors.” Lee titled his crowd-funded film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a remake of writer, Bill Gunn’s Ganja and Hess. Lee also solicited an array of unknown and unsigned artists via social media for the film’s official soundtrack.
That’s where Durham based producer, Timothy Simpson (aka Brother Vespertine) comes in. Out of the 800 songs that were submitted for the soundtrack, only 12 made the final release. Track five on the official soundtrack “I Don’t Feel God” was fortunately one of them. Written by The IZM, it was produced and mastered by Vespertine, right here in Durham.
Categorized as Alternative Hip Hop, the song’s energy is quite eclectic, to say the least—gently infused with an off-brand of experimental funk, faint remnants of neo-Jazz sculpt a rhythmic foundation seamlessly layered in the new Black Aesthetic. This song courageously breathes new life, lives in and caresses your spirit just like Brother Verspertine himself—boldly, intensely genuine and without limitations.
Friends, comrades, sisters and brothers join us for “Black Cinema Night” at The Carrack on old Black Wall Street – Saturday, October 24th at 6pm. After the screening will follow a community Q&A with Brother Vespertine in regards to his contribution to the film’s soundtrack. Admission is FREE, donations strongly encouraged. Black Cinema Night is hosted by Durham based activists and cultural curators, Gemynii Evolving and Lamont Lilly. For more information, contact organizers at 919.904.8479 or via Twitter @GemyniiEvolving or @LamontLilly.
October 24, 2015