“The Miracle Mile Shot” is an experimental, non-dialogue short-subject documentary film by Greek-American artist-photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas. This is the third in his series of hip-hop Photomentaries almost entirely relying on his own archival imagery of West Coast rap artists.
Ithaka cites legendary documentary film-maker, Ken Burns as a motivating influence to begin this type of film work.
“I begin seeing these incredible documentaries randomly at different times and places around the world, on planes, at friends houses etc. And it took me a minute to realize that all of this compelling story-telling; Jazz, The Civil War, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea were coming from the same source, Ken Burns. His projects can tell an entire story with only still photographs if necessary, it’s amazing.
I realized that I was the creator of much of the kind of raw still photographic material that Mr. Burns uses for his projects, and it has inspired me to begin to edit and present these images in a film format to tell a story. The Miracle Mile Shot is my third short-subject film festival project. I have already completed earlier this year Eazy E & Venice Locals (A Historic Day in the Brotherhood of Hip Hop and Skateboarding
I call these projects Photomentaries, meaning at this point I am only using still photographs in movement, with sound and text to vocal communicate ideas. I am not sure I will ever incorporate narration, I am enjoying the closed-mouth communication direction of it all and think I’d like to take it to the next level and even try a much longer project, of up to an hour.
“The Miracle Mile Shot” has also appeared at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and has already been submitted to several other short film festivals around the world.
In this short subject non-dialogue documentary, photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas reexamines “The Miracle Mile Shot”, a picture he took of N.W.A. in 1988, that through the decades has become the defining image of N.W.A. in its prime. The photograph examined in the short, entitled “The Miracle Mile Shot”, was made on November 11th 1988 and features Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. The image began its existence being used as the official press image for NWA’s triple-Platinum album, Straight Outta Compton (Priority Records). “The Miracle Mile Shot” is an individual photo from a series of pictures made that day (at the photographer’s home apartment studio at 6516 1/2 Orange Street – Los Angeles) using a Hasselblad 500 CE camera with an 80mm lens and Norman lighting equipment. Throughout the decades, the image’s relevance has continued to grow, being one of the only photos in existence clearly showing the faces of all members of the short-lived but highly influential group
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