Dark City Beneath the Beat

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Activism
Black Cultures & Issues
Performance & Performers
Urban Culture & Issues
Music & Musicians
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):TT The Artist
Producer(s):Issa Rae
Deniese Davis
Astrid Curet
Executive Producer(s):TT The Artist
Rose DiFerdinando
Editor(s):TT The Artist
Cinematography:Kirby Griffin
Composer:Mighty Mark
Sound:TT The Artist
Marquis Gasque
Willie Elias


This high-energy lyrical journey through the legendary Baltimore club scene is guided by director TT The Artist and the many DJs, producers, dancers, creators and activists that make the B-more heart beat. Get an insider look at a city and a subculture too often seen only from the outside. Even at their most painful moments—from the streets to the stage, community centres to the club—big talent and bigger hearts pass the mic and pull communities together. Meet a movement and a culture bent on pursuing passions, where resistance is born and quiet voices are amplified. This ride, rarely felt in documentary film, is sure to make it hard to stay seated. Co-produced by Issa Rae, Dark City Beneath the Beat is a testament to triumph and a love letter to the triumphant. Nataleah Hunter-Young

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

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