Sony Pictures Classics Picks up Michael Rapaport’s Documentary BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

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One of the films I wish I got a chance to see at Sundance this year was Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.  I’m not as familiar with A Tribe Called Quest as I want to be and I only heard positive things about the documentary from those who saw it.

Now it looks like I’ll have a chance to see it thanks to the folks at Sony Pictures Classics who have acquired the North American distribution rights to the flick, which documents the behind-the-scenes world of the influential alternative rap group.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

beats-rhymes-and-life-image-10Here’s the press release:

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST FINDS FANS AT SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

NEW YORK, NY (March 10, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Michael Rapaport’s directorial debut, BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST.  Rival Pictures and State Street Pictures produced the film, which was in Documentary Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Classics brokered the deal with The Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group and Steven C. Beer at Greenberg Traurig.

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST documents the inner workings and behind-the-scenes drama that follow the band, A Tribe Called Quest, even today and explores what’s next for a group many claim are the pioneers of alternative rap.  Having helped to pave the way for innovative hip hop artists, A Tribe Called Quest has kept a generation hungry for more of its groundbreaking music since the group’s much-publicized breakup in 1998. A Tribe Called Quest has three platinum albums – Midnight Marauders, The Low End Theory and Beats, Rhymes & Life, multiple Grammy nominations and headlined the 2008 “Rock the Bells” concert series alongside Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan.

Director Michael Rapaport learned his craft by working with some of the best directors in the industry.  A highly respected actor, Michael has starred in and worked with such directors as Woody Allen in MIGHTY APHRODITE and SMALL TIME CROOKS, John Singleton in HIGHER LEARNING, James Mangold in COPLAND and Tony Scott in his break out performance in the Quentin Tarantino penned TRUE ROMANCE.  Michael is currently in development with producer John Davis and Fox 21 on a 2011 version of THE WHITE SHADOW, as a cable television series. In 1994, Rapaport burst on the “Sundance” stage starring in the acclaimed movie ZEBRAHEAD.

Sony Pictures Classics said, “With BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, Michael Rapaport proves himself a major new director and in doing so gives the audience an inside look at one of hip hop’s most fascinating and influential groups.  A Tribe Called Quest has a fan base spanning generations and this film will only serve to solidify that audience while opening doors for entirely new fans of both the band and Michael.”

“I couldn’t be more excited and proud that BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST is being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. As a first time filmmaker to have the support of SPC is like being signed by the NY Yankees.  Telling this story was not only a labor of love, but also the most fulfilling accomplishment of my career,” states Michael Rapaport.




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  • Brandon

    Tribe is my all-time favorite group from any genre of music. So you can imagine my dissapointment when a good friend of mine that used to review movies for a local paper (and now writes for MSN) told me how utterly bland and pedestrian this “documentary” was. Plus, when it doesn’t even get an endorsement from Q-Tip, lead rapper from Tribe, you know you’re in trouble. Ugh. Just ugh :-(

  • idiotproof67

    Huh, Q-Tip reversed his decision when the audiences responded favourably & his crewmates liked it anyway. Tip did the usual ego thing & reacted against it because he didn’t appear perfect & wanted an untruthful/postive portrayal instead of warts & all.

    Phife Dawg even cried after he watched it.

    I think your mate is talking out of his arse.

  • bry lbc

    Yeah i heard Q Tip was a total diva when he realized he wasn’t being portrayed as the heart and soul of the group and made Michael reedit the entire film because of that. He sucks as a solo artist and is to blame for the demise of one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time.

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