Cat Velez - 1st Sept 2015

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are back and at it again in this jawdropper of a production number for Downtown, self-directed by Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore), Lewis and regular collaborator Jason Koenig). 

Very much in the spirit of everything from Thrift Shop onwards, its a spectacle that throws loads of ideas, involves a cast of literally thousands, and all with that special Macklemore exuberance and likeably homespun pizzazz. And it took a production team from three production companies all summer to bring it home. 

And it all starts with an ecstatic ode to mopeds, and the golden age of hip-hop. Then it follows Macklemore through a retro-fied Spokane, Washington, backed by his b-boy crew, as they get down in some excellent West Side Story style dance battles, and joins in on some stylish bikers parades – culminating in an over-the-top parade of epic proportions to rival an MGM musical. A big hats off to that production team.

Credits

Production CompanyNxNW
DirectorBen Haggerty
DirectorJason Koenig
Production CompanyM&RL Films
ProducerHonna Kimmerer
ProducerJason Koenig
Production CompanyVision Film Co
ProducerGeoff McLean
ProducerMichele Lawrence
DirectorRyan Lewis
ProducerRandy Kron
Director of PhotographyChristopher Probst
Art DirectorJohn Lavin
Assistant Art DirectorKaleo Quenzer
1st ADJohn Nasraway
2nd ADIsaac Mejia
EditorRyan Lewis
EditorJason Keonig
EditorBen Haggerty

Cat Velez - 1st Sept 2015

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