Electric Purgatory: the fate of the black rocker
Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005
Filmmaker reception: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Screening Time: 7:30pm followed by a Q & A with Mr. Gayle.
Place: Wild Blue Pictures Screening Room, 7026 Old Katy Road, Suite 350
Synopsis: Electric Purgatory is a documentary that examines the struggles of black rock musicians and the industry's ambivalence towards them. Director Raymond Gayle spent the better part of a year traveling around the United States interviewing many of Black Rock's elite including Fishbone, Vernon Reid, Adam Falcon, Jimi Hazel and Cody Chesnutt. Distinguished journalists such as Flip Barnes, Darrell McNeil, Charlie Braxton, and Greg Tate, share their opinions and insight on the dilemma facing these artists. The film will explore the origins of the Black Rock Coalition and its relevance in the music industry. The project will also take a look at the stigma black rock musicians face in the black community and more importantly how to bring the black audiences back into the fold.