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Fri, Sep 08

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Kehrein Center for the Arts

Pure Dope Live!

The goal of Pure Dope Live! is to offer up-and-coming hip-hop and spoken word artists a venue through which to showcase their lyrical talents. It will be a live-taped event, edited down in post-producion to a 60-90 minute documentary film for theatrical release.

Pure Dope Live!
Pure Dope Live!

When & Where

Sep 08, 2023, 5:00 PM

Kehrein Center for the Arts , 5628 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644, USA

About the Event

Filmmaker Deontay Wilson, who premiered the first installment of his documentary series, "Westside Stories: Paradise Lost" in Spring of 2023 at the Kehrein Center, is returning to film a section of an upcoming installment to the series, "Pure Dope." 

The goal of Pure Dope Live! is to offer up-and-coming hip-hop and spoken word artists a venue through which to showcase their lyrical talents. It will be a live-taped event, edited down in post-producion to a 60-90 minute documentary film for theatrical release. 

Each artist will be given 5 minutes to present their original work in front of the live audience. The subject mater of each piece must address some aspect of America’s war on drugs: e.g., the impact of addiction on Black and Brown families/communities; the business and/or politics of drug dealing; the failure of law enforcement/criminal justice institutions to solve the problem; or recovering from substance abuse disorder. Each artist must register with CodeSwitchers Productions before the night of the performance by providing their legal and stage names, the title of their piece, and an audio file (mp3/wav) of any tracks they intend to accompany their performance.

Produced by CodeSwitchers Productions LLC

Deadline: Each artist must register no later than September 7, 2023 at 5pm.

Contact Information:

Deontay Wilson CodeSwitchers Producions LLC 

3147 W. Douglas Blvd. Chicago, IL 60623

 Phone: (708) 476 – 5997 

Email: deontay@codeswitchers.live

Contract: Non-union

Pay: The top five performers, as determined by audience vote, will receive a $100 stipend and 5% of all net profits generated by the film.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Read up on Deontay's award-winning first documentary "Westside Stories: Paradise Lost" here:

Austin Talks: Deontay Wilson’s “epic poem” documentary series receives heartfelt community response

Chicago Sun Times: Documentary Series About Chicago's West Planned 

CBS Chicago: West Side documentary filmmaker gives unvarnished look at the place he calls home

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