The "Socalled" Movie

2010 | Canada | Color | 87 min

Language:
English
Film Still Image
Tags:
20-Somethings,
Music and Performance

Archive Details

Screened at SFJFF 2010

Meet Socalled (aka Josh Dolgin): musician, rapper, composer, magician, filmmaker and visual artist, to name just a few of his talents! Some may know him from the music video You Are Never Alone (a YouTube sensation that garnered over two million hits), where his face literally transforms into a film projector. Blasting through the boundaries that separate different cultures, eras and generations, Socalled creates a wholly unique sound combining klezmer, funk, soul and hip-hop. Not too shabby for a nice Jewish boy from Montreal. Socalled is a musical alchemist, always looking for the next old thing to make new again, whether it’s introducing funk trombone legend Fred Wesley (of James Brown’s famous band, the J.B.’s) or inspiring 1950s lounge pianist Irving Fields to pen a new hit song. Shot partly in Socalled’s Montreal neighborhood, where Hasidic Jews and hipsters crowd the sidewalks, and following him on tour through New York, France and an emotionally spiritual trip back to his ancestral home of the Ukraine, The “Socalled” Movie is a dynamic, kaleidoscopic portrait of an iconoclastic artist at the peak of his powers.—Joshua Moore

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Director
Garry Beitel
Cinematographer
Marc Gadoury
Editor
Dominique Sicotte
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