Two Clarion Content faves, Gemynii Evolving and Lamont Lilly, Durham based activists and cultural curators, are working in conjunction with one of our favorite Durham institutions, The Carrack. The night after The Carrack’s epic Masquerade fundraiser at 21c Durham, they will host Black Cinema Night Saturday, October 24th at 6pm in The Carrack, #111 West Parrish Street. The film is Spike Lee’s first crowdsourced financed picture. After the screening there will be a Q&A with Durham’s own Brother Vespertine about his contribution to the film’s musical soundtrack.
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Frequent contributor Lamont Lilly tells the story to the Clarion Content.
Since the mid 1980’s, Spike Lee’s commitment to use art in the service of addressing race, class, and the complexities of Black life in America has been unparalleled. The unique reality that Lee articulates for a distinct aesthetic has offered a voice to the voiceless for over 30 years.
In the spring of 2014 however, Lee did something a little different—he produced his first film through crowd sourcing via Kickstarter. Lee says he chose public funding “because I wanted to make this film but I knew no studio was going to make this. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just a realist and wasn’t going to spend a year knocking on doors.” Lee titled his crowd-funded film, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” it is a remake of writer, Bill Gunn’s Ganja and Hess. Lee also solicited an array of unknown and unsigned artists via social media for the film’s official soundtrack.
That’s where Durham based producer, Timothy Simpson, aka Brother Vespertine, comes in. Out of the 800 songs that were submitted for the soundtrack, only twelve made the final release. Track five on the official soundtrack “I Don’t Feel God” was fortunately one of them. Written by The IZM, it was produced and mastered by Brother Vespertine, right here in Durham.
Categorized as Alternative Hip Hop, the song’s energy is quite eclectic, to say the least—gently infused with an off-brand of experimental funk, faint remnants of neo-Jazz sculpt a rhythmic foundation seamlessly layered in the new Black Aesthetic. This song courageously breathes new life, lives in and caresses your spirit just like Brother Verspertine himself—boldly, intensely genuine and without limitations.
Black Cinema Night Saturday, October 24th at 6pm in The Carrack, #111 West Parrish Street, Durham, NC.
Admission is FREE. Donations are strongly encouraged.