Tag: N.W.A.

“The Miracle Mile Shot” non-dialogue, Short-Subject Documentary at LAGFF

“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.

“The Miracle Mile Shot”

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.

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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

Source IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10519540/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miracle_Mile_Shot

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Controversial N.W.A. Manager, JERRY HELLER, Dies (September 2nd , 2016) At Age 75 in California.

Controversial N.W.A. Manager, JERRY HELLER, Dies (September 2nd , 2016) At Age 75 in California.

Many things can be said about the controversial music manager Jerry Heller who launched Eazy E and NWA on a meteoric rise to the top of the hip hop world, but the fact remains…The man was an absolute marketing genius and a real Business All Star.

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Jerry Heller, who served as N.W.A.’s original manager, died of a heart attack on Friday, September 2, at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California. He was 75.Heller was involved in a car accident on Friday morning and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries shortly before his death.
Heller was best known for kicking off N.W.A.’s highly successful career in the ’80s after teaming up with band member Eazy-E to launch Ruthless Records. The record label also launched the careers of several R&B and hip-hop stars such as J. J. Fad, Michel’le and the D.O.C.

Heller had a contentious relationship with N.W.A. member Ice Cube, who left the group in 1989 over a royalty dispute. Ice Cube, now 47, later released a diss track against his former manager titled “No Vaseline,” on which he rapped, “N.W.A. ain’t s–t without Ice Cube!” (Dr. Dre also left the group in 1991, citing similar monetary issues.)

Source: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jerry-heller-dead-former-nwa-manager-dies-at-75-w437938

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Jerry Heller
Jerry Heller
Born October 6, 1940
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died September 2, 2016 (aged 75)
Thousand Oaks, California,U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Music manager
Years active 1960–2016
Net worth US$20 million (2016)[1]
Gerald E. “Jerry” Heller (October 6, 1940 – September 2, 2016) was an American music manager and businessman. He was best known for managing west coast rap supergroup and gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A and Eazy-E. He rose to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, importing Elton John and Pink Floyd for their first major American tours, and representing Journey, Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, War, Average White Band, ELO, Eric Burdon, Crosby Stills and Nash, Ike & Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Four Tops, Dr. John, Jose Feliciano, The Grass Roots, and The Standells, among many others.
In the mid-1980s he worked with R&B and hip hop acts like Michel’le, World Class Wreckin’ Cru, J.J. Fad, The D.O.C., Egyptian Lover and L.A. Dream Team.
Heller played a role in the emergence of West Coast rap music when he cofounded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E and discovered, signed, or managed the likes of N.W.A, The Black Eyed Peas, Above the Law, The D.O.C., and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Heller died on September 2, 2016 due to unknown causes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Heller
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