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Brooklyn, not the Bronx


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Ronald Lawrence and Hassan Pore take aim at hip hop's Bronx creation story, making the case for Grandmaster Flowers, "the original grandmaster" and his colleagues as the originators of hip hop in the parks and nightclubs of Brooklyn and Queens starting in 1968. Lawrence and Pore's documentary Founding Fathers is the opening film of The Chicago International Hip Hop Film Festival, running Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12 at the Portage Theater.

Founding Fathers screens Friday at 4 PM.

The festival includes two narrative features, six documentary features, ten shorts (from Japan, the U.K. and Canada as well as the States) and eight music videos, playing from 4-11:30 Friday and 3:30-11:30 Saturday.

Some highlights: Daniel Frei and Axel Ebermann's Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photgrapher Johnny Nunez, Friday at 8:30; Sonali Aggarwal's cultural critique Whatever Happened to Hip-Hop?, Saturday at 5:50; and a session with hip hop video and documentary veteran Konee Rock, Saturday at 8:30.