With just three days to go to hit a goal of $50,000 to fund a documentary on the making of “Graffiti Rock” the filmmaker Michael Holman is throwing a last fundraising bash tonight at the DL, the restaurant lounge on Delancey Street in the heart of the Lower East Side. Holman has been hosting events for his Kickstarter project all month, with two previous fundraisers attracting fans of Hip Hop culture to 14th Street’s private club, Norwood.
Featured this week in the New York Times “The Week in Pictures”, Holman and his pioneering show “Graffiti Rock” were the subject of a July 21st article in The New York Times by David Gonzalez. In 1984, Holman was successful in producing and broadcasting the first ever nation-wide Hip Hop variety television show. The show featured Run DMC’s greatest televised performance ever (Sucker M.C.s), as well as Kool Moe Dee and Special K of The Treacherous Three, The New York City Breakers, and a studio dance crowd that included the likes of a young Vincent Gallo (Buffalo 66, Brown Bunny) and Debi Mazar (Goodfellas, L.A. Law, Entourage).
The 30th anniversary of the airing of “Graffiti Rock” is coming up, and to mark the occasion, Holman is looking to remaster the 1 inch broadcast video tape of the show on dvd. His plans include producing a new, feature length film called “Graffiti Rock: The Untold Story”. It will be an in-depth documentary that captures the memories and reactions of today’s Hip Hop celebrities to first seeing “Graffiti Rock”, and how it impacted their lives. The documentary will also focus on the “behind the scenes” making of “Graffiti Rock”, as well as Holman’s own personal experiences and accomplishments as a Hip Hop pioneer, helping to introduce Hip Hop culture to New York’s downtown art scene, and eventually to the rest of the world.
Holman’s art cred is widely known amongst the art world, and he is a prolific painter whose unique take on the Confederate flag has brought him to the attention of art collectors world wide. He was a close friend of the artist Jean Michel Basquiat, and he wrote the screenplay for director Julian Schnabel’s 1996 bio film, “Basquiat”. He formed an avant garde band with Basquiat, and musician Nick Taylor, called “Gray”, a revolutionary sound/music/noise group, whose music has been featured on soundtracks for the films “Basquiat”, “The Radiant Child” and “Downtown 81”. Today, Holman and Taylor perform as “Gray” at museums and venues world wide, with a 2011 performance at The New Museum on the Bowery selling out. They released an album, “Shades Of…” in 2010, and they are currently writing and recording new songs to be released later this year. “Gray” will perform this Saturday, August 3rd, at “The Future Is Now” exhibition at 508 West 26th Street.
Holman’s Kickstarter fundraiser for “Graffiti Rock” expires on Friday, August 2nd, at 6:53pm, and it will only be funded if the goal is reached by that time. He is just over the halfway mark and tonight’s fundraising event at the DL is a last kick out the jams for the Kickstarter project. “Graffiti Rock” has gone on to acquire a legendary status amongst fans of Hip Hop culture, and as a record of the early days of a culture that has taken its position in the global zeitgeist, the importance of a documentary of this part of the origin story cannot be overstated. Back in the early ’80’s, Holman was the first writer to use the term “Hip Hop” in print when he interviewed the DJ Afrika Bambaata for the downtown newspaper, The East Village Eye. His authority on the subject is old school.
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