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Cast: Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Run-Dmc, Ice Cube, The Roots Location: Los Angeles

Distribution: Domestic and foreign Television and Theatrical Contact: 323.854.3809 graggmedia@gmail.com JamaicaHousemovie.com

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Venture behind the velvet rope in this chronicle of the legendary Jamaica House, ‘the studio 54 of hip-hop’, and L.A.’s biggest club of the 90s. Howard, Mike, Dave, and Al were the club’s founders– suburban black kids who grew up together in Los Angeles. This is a coming of age story for the teenage founders, just as it is for rap music. The founders struggled with new money, new fame, and old demons, as the club “blew-up” beyond it’s underground roots. Meanwhile, Jamaica House withstood the rise of gangs, drugs, L.A. Riots, plus the evolving music, violence, and culture. Numerous experiences of former employees, promoters, patrons, and rap celebrities are documented from the club’s spectacular rise, to it’s tragic fall. The documentary features never seen interviews and performances of Run-DMC, Tupac Shakur, The Roots, Notorious B.I.G., GangStarr, and members of NWA.
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DIRECTOR BIO: ALFRED GRAGG HAILS FROM THE UNDERGROUND FILM, MUSIC, AND ART SCENE OF LOS ANGELES. WHILE AT USC’S SCHOOL OF CINEMA, HIS FIRST CO-WRITTEN SCREENPLAY WON THE PARAMOUNT PICTURES SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP AND WAS OPTIONED BY THE STUDIO. UPON GRADUATING, HE DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEOS AND SPOTS FEATURING THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, ICE CUBE, MOBY, and SANTOGOLD. HE ALSO WON AVID’S 2006 FILMMAKER AWARD FOR HIS FILM JESUS CHRIST SUPERBAD. LATER, AL WAS TAPPED TO WRITE JUNETEENTH, A SCREENPLAY FOR SONY AND LATER MDP WORLDWIDE. IN HIS NEXT DOCUMENTARY, GRAGG CHRONICLED MANIFEST HOPE DC, THE GRASSROOTS ART MOVEMENT STARTED BY SHEPARD FAIREY (OBAMA “HOPE” ARTIST). IT WAS PRODUCED BY LORRIE BOULA AND MOVEON.ORG. THE FILM FEATURED ROSARIO DAWSON, HEATHER GRAHAM, AND JEFFREY WRIGHT. FOR THIS, GRAGG WON “BEST DIRECTOR: SHORT DOCUMENTARY” AT THE 2010 NY INT’L INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL. GRAGG IS CURRENTLY SHOOTING JAMAICA HOUSE “THE STUDIO 54 OF HIP HOP”— A FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LA’S LEGENDARY HIP-HOP NIGHTCLUB. IT FEATURES RUN-DMC, THE ROOTS, NWA, ICE CUBE, WU-TANG CLAN, PLUS THE LATE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., TUPAC SHAKUR, AND GURU (GANG STARR).

DOCUMENTARY REEL: DE LA SOUL, MOBY, SANTOGOLD, SHEPARD FAIREY (MANIFEST HOPE DC DOCUMENTARY) ; RUN-DMC, THE ROOTS, NWA, ICE CUBE, WU-TANG CLAN, PLUS THE LATE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., TUPAC SHAKUR, GANG STARR

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