Shake the Dust Documentary Co-Produced by Nas Out Now, at FilmBar in June
Adam Sjöberg, David Jacobson and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones, have spent recent years putting together a 90-minute documentary that highlights the breakdancing and rapper culture around the world. It is called Shake the Dust and premiered on Vimeo on April 14.
The film has been years in the making. It originally started in 2009 as a side project that journalist-turned-filmmaker Sjöberg worked on between other assignments and financed himself, with a lot of help from credit cards. The finished product is something to be proud of and Sjöberg is, telling GOOD Magazine, “Shake the Dust ‘was like getting a Ph.D. in filmmaking.'”
Produced by Jacobsen and Nas, “Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement,” reads the film’s official website.
Shake the Dust is being screened in select theaters but is also available to purchase for $9.99 or rent for $4.99. Phoenix fans will have two chances to see the documentary at FilmBar on June 11 or June 14.
Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section…
For an in-depth look at the documentary and an interview with Sjöberg, check out GOOD’s “Raising Up Through Hip-Hop” feature.