HANDS TO THE SKY – Film and after-party at MIST Harlem Cinema Saturday May 25
After screenings in Miami, New York, Baltimore and Boston, the outdoor house music dance documentary HANDS TO THE SKY is ready for its Harlem debut this Saturday, May 25th at MIST Harlem Cinema. If you’re familiar with DJ Stormin’ Norman’s thumpin’ Sundae Sermon dance parties in Morningside Park during the summer, you’ll understand the idea behind this film – to capture the vibe, and the feeling experienced when you bring together party people with beautiful House music outdoors. “Hands to the Sky” executive producer Domingo Canate describes the film as “the uplifting and spirited experience of the outdoor House Music movement.” Check out the preview video below.
Production company My House Rocs dedicated the last two years following the outdoor House music dance scene at parks and beaches, from Coney Island to Fort Greene Park to Harlem, and various public spaces in New York and New Jersey. The uplifting House music soundtrack for “Hands to the Sky” was scored and compiled by writer/arranger Erik Talbert, and the film features interviews with dancers, event promoters, DJs and performers who share their personal experience in the scene. I had the pleasure of co-writing the theme song for Hands To The Sky with Erik, as well as producing the Freedomsound “Harlem Late Night Dub” remix of the song for the film.
Come out and see “Hands to the Sky” this Saturday, May 25 at MIST Harlem Cinema, 46 West 116th Street, New York, NY. Showtimes for “Hands to the Sky” are at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM, and the after-party will feature Basement Boys producer Teddy Douglas (Crystal Waters “Gypsy Woman), Andre Collins and film producer/DJ Kervyn Mark. Admission is $25.00 for the screening plus after-party or $15.00 for just the after-party. Tickets are available at www.MISTHarlem.com.
Hands to the Sky Production Credits
Domingo Canate Executive Producer
Angelo Boyke Director, Editor
Kervyn Mark Producer
Erik Talbert Composer
Jean-Paul Noel Co-Director, Producer
Wendy Arimah Associate/Literary Producer
Chris Hunt-Walker Associate Producer
Hands to the Sky also features such House Music progressives as trailblazing vocalist Carolyn Harding; the British-born founder of Harlem’s Sundae Sermon dance party, DJ Stormin’ Norman; DJ Wayne Williams, noted for bringing disco to Chicago’s South Side and founder of Chicago’s Chosen Few (an elite corps of deejays) and Rican Vargas, a.k.a, “The Commander in Chief” of The Coney Island Dancers, a volunteer organization whose mission includes promoting tourism to Coney Island.
The new cut of “Hands to the Sky” adds an on-camera Interview with DJ Jeannie Hopper, whose enterprising “Liquid Sound Lounge” includes a long-running show on WBAI-FM and parties that transcended “no dancing allowed” policies in New York clubs in the 90’s by taking her beats to the water; and a discussion of the contributions of Newark, New Jersey (Mayor Cory Booker makes a brief cameo) to the house music scene with Anthony Smith, Project Manager of the Newark Municipal Council, who is instrumental in the annual Lincoln Park Music Festival – A Celebration of Spirit and Dance – an outdoor event that draws close to 50,000 visitors every summer.