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Finding the Funk

"Finding the Funk" is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. Starting with Funk's roots in Jazz and the James Brown bands of the '60s we travel to the Bay Area to celebrate Sly & the Family Stone, then to Dayton the birthplace of so many of Funk's originators, then Detroit where from the ashes of Motown, P-Funk's Mothership arose, and onto LA where a new crop of musicians are creating their own Funk history. On our journey into Funk, we talk to legends Sly Stone, Bootsy, George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, and Steve Arrington and their descendants Mike D, D'Angelo, Sheila E and Shock G. Narrated by Questlove of the Roots.

Director: Nelson George

Executive Producer: Arthur Baker, Nelson George

Producer: Leslie Norville, Nelson George

Screenwriter: Nelson George

Cinematographer: Cliff Charles

Editor: Kevin J. Custer

Sound Designer: Laura Sinnott


Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. His films include “Life Support” for HBO, Showtime's “Brooklyn Boheme”, ESPN's “The Announcement” and the shorts “All Hail the Beat” and “Disdain the Mundane”.

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Nelson George
Finding the Funk Productions in association with Urban Romances
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