Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Monday, February 15, 2010

"Whole Train"...Germany still on the hip hop map

It looks a little cliched, but the indy film "Whole Train" has a FREE screening in New York's Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building tomorrow. I doubt many folks have seen this 2006 film that toured the film festival circuit, but got limited love in the U.S. (probably because it's subtitled. Who knows...) All I know is I'd never heard of it until Christie Pabon mentioned it in her newsletter, even though KRS-1 features on the soundtrack and bigs it up: "I saw this flick and it blew my mind!...You really gotta get a copy of it."

Screenings around town If you're in NYC then go hear the director Florian Gaag and graffiti writer PURE TFP in conversation. If you're, not then the latest news is that Whole Train will tour:
* Brookline, MA (Feb 21st)
* Boston, MA (Feb 22nd)
* San Francisco (Feb 24th) and finally
* Los Angeles @ Goethe-Institut (7pm March 1st.) with a Q&A with director Florian Gaag.

VIP Endorsements
CHARLIE AHEARN (director of Wild Style)
I saw Wholetrain at S.O.B.’s in New York. It was a great experience watching it. There was a tremendous amount of character development, interesting dialogue and a lot of story in it. It took real vision to make that world come alive like that. Wholetrain is an impressive piece of work. It’s the only Graffiti-Movie that can follow in the footsteps of Wild Style.

HENRY CHALFANT (author and photographer of Subway Art; co-producer of the documentary Style Wars)
Wholetrain shows the human dimensions of Graffiti-Writing. The social conflicts of the protagonists are fascinating and allow you to take a look at the writers’ real lives. Real characters, real problems. Wholetrain is a very good film that not only reflects writing culture but also leaves room to authentically portray the writers´ social reality.

KET (legendary graffiti-writer from New York)
I loved the movie. I thought that Wholetrain represented the scene the best – ever. It really captured what writers go through and their struggles; they were humanized, they weren’t caricatures. I appreciate that. I remember that it made me feel that I was there with those guys, living with those guys. It took me back to a time when I was living the way those kids were living. I thought it was very authentic in that sense.

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