Bobby J. Brown and Funkadelic members in person! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2016

Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic

2016, Bobby J. Brown, USA, 58 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 12th 8:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 13th 8:15pm

Filmmaker Brown takes us way behind the scenes historically in this revealing profile of the revolutionary dance-party funk band Parliament Funkadelic, including a hard look at its controversial and autocratic leader George Clinton. From doo-wop roots to the Mothership Connection tour and the eventual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, the music and the over-the-top costumes put the fun in funk. The stories of high life and wild ways are de rigueur for the rock scene, but the meat of this tale is an unraveling saga of Clinton’s ruthless manipulation and exploitation of band members, leaving some of his original collaborators bewildered and betrayed. This program is dedicated to the memory of keyboardist Bernie Worrell (1944-2016). (BS)

AUGUST 12 & 13: Director Bobby J. Brown plus Dawn Silva, Jeanette Perkins, Billy “Bass” Nelson, and “Shady” Grady Thomas, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame former members of Parliament Funkadelic, along with Robert Mittelman, George Clinton's manager at the pinnacle of the band's success during the Mothership Connection Earth Tour, will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.

AUGUST 12: Gary Kuzminski, Marketing Director of CIMMFest whose group JaGoFF has performed with members of P-Funk, will moderate the post-screening discussion.

AUGUST 13: Local filmmaker and writer Ytasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy and director of the upcoming Afrofuturist film BAR STAR CITY, will moderate the post-screening discussion. After the Q&A, guests are invited to a "funk" dance party courtesy of DJ I.N.C.

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