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Baltimore is one of the toughest cities in the US. Approximately 10% of its population is addicted to heroin, suffers from one of the highest crime rates in the country and the disproportionate flow of money spent on this vice is the main source of income for thousands of people in this city of Maryland. Ultimately, the drug has become a way of life in this corner of the East Coast.
However, the documentary ‘Dark City Beneath The Beat’, film debut of rapper TT The Artist, without hiding the reality of misery, police brutality, inequality and the daily deaths in the life of this city, shows another prominent facet of the city: its vibrant creativity around the so-called Baltimore’s culture club, "the Bmore Sound" that sounds like a mix of hip hop and house. And this is the leitmotif of the documentary, how music drives the lives of many young African Americans who train to win a frantic dance contest.
With death so close, young people focus their energy on dancing and the power they convey is truly overwhelming. Anyone who thinks breakdance dancers move fast should see how Baltimore young people move, it almost looks like an Olympic discipline, a martial art, they’re disco ninjas, but they dance everywhere, including the streets, “we dance in the street because now we have nowhere to go”,say a group of young people.
In short, 'Dark City Beneath The Beat' is a musical documentary that can appeal to fans of urban rhythms, hip hop, club culture, choreography and the hottest dances and also to anyone who thinks that hope can be found everywhere and believes that music is a tool for social reconstruction.
Director: TT The Artist
Executive Producer: Tt the Artist, Rose DiFerdinando
Producer: Issa Rae, Deniese Davis, Astrid Rosero
Creative Director: TT The Artist
Wardrobe: Rose DiFerdinando, Alise Curtis
Director of Photography: Kirby Griffin
Additional Production: ATB Productions- Joey Malinski, Mad Queen Productions, Nick Gorey
Hair: Coya Brown
Make Up: Coya Brown, Lucy Marie Taylor
Production Assistants: Ian Andrews, Dana Maurice
Music Supervisor: Marquis Gasque
Uneek, CEO of Bmore Than Dance
Terry Weddington, Founder of TSU Dance Crew
Mighty Mark, Dj/Producer
Jonny Blaze, Dj Producer
TT The Artist, rapper
Scottie B, DJ Producer
Special appearance by Rye Rye