Watsonville Film Festival & How to Support the Artists of Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream!

Quick Upcoming Festival Announcement: Don’t Cost will be at the Watsonville Film Festival on March 3rd, 3-5pm at the Mello Center in Watsonville, CA. More details to follow: Save the date! In the meantime, learn about the north American-based artists featured in the film.

Thank you to the entire DCND crew, but a super special muchismos gracias goes out to all of the artists whose music and narration is in the film; (SF-Oakland- Santa Rosa-Bay area represent!) Sellassie, DJ Leydis and DJ Radioactive, Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream’s music and narration has touched the audience with the passion and lyrics of change that these north American artists share with their Latin American counterparts.

Please check out their music online and go see them LIVE in person!

MC RADIO ACTIVE, Narrator
Originating from Boston, MA, Radio Active embodies the essence of hip hop. He is an emcee, beatboxer, writer, painter, and b-boy. He plays musical instruments, incorporates electronic beats with his beatbox and commands active audience participation during his fresh, soulful original live performances. Check out his new collaboration with Jessi Rose on Flowerbox!

Innovative to the industry, Radio Active brings hip hop into other genres, a true crossover artist. An electrifying performer, Radio Active has toured extensively the past years throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as a member of the politically charged musical group Michael Franti & Spearhead to audiences in theaters and festivals upwards of 100,000 people and appearing on national television programs such as David Letterman, Craig Kilborne and on MTV with the critically acclaimed single/video “Rock The Nation.”

Along the years, he’s shared the stage with artists such as Ani DiFranco, Common, Indigo Girls, KRS-One, String Cheese Incident, Roy Ayers, Talib Kweli, O.A.R., Karl Denson, Ben Harper, Keller Williams, Trey Anastasio, Jeru The Damaja, DJ Apollo,Keaton Simons, Trevor Hall, Tyrone Wells, Pat Mcgee, Jonah Sharp and Meshell N’Degeocello.

As featured in the films, “Breath Control” and “Freestyle, The Art Of Rhyme,” Radio Active has made a worldwide impact in this genre of beatboxing; the art of vocal percussion. This skill has translated into a new industry as a voice talent and you can hear Radio Active as announcer on two very popular video games, “Dance, Dance Revolution” and “Dance, Dance Revolution 2” as well as game announcer for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors on Fox Sports.


DJ Leydis
DJ Leydis can be found performing in Oakland and Berkeley, CA. Check her web site out here!
Leydis was born and raised in Cuba. She became involved in the Cuban hip hop movement during it’s inception and helped organize events, community shows, and a women’s hip hop collective called Omega. Leydis has created the first female DJ mixtape and has performed across Cuba as a spoken word artist. She has also appeared in other famous documentaries such as Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano, Jovenes Rebeldes y Mi Revolution, and continues to be an articulate speaker on Cuban hip-hop culture. Having recently moved to the United States, she currently resides in the Bay Area.

Sellassie
San Francisco rapper, trendsetter, activist and entrepreneur, Sellassie is the world’s first Higherground Hip Hop Artist, coining the term, Sellassie won’t sell his culture out for money and fame and is a leading progressive voice in Hip Hop today. With an acclaimed and award-winning debut release, I’m Tryin’ to Make a Livin’ Not a Killin’, a recent follow-up, Sins of Your Forefathers plus brand new single, Stop Hatin in the Bay Remix by Traxamillion, Sellassie has garnered a street level buzz with a fresh perspective. Find out more about Sellassie and his music here!

Revolutionary music that is creative, street, positive and smart, relevant, lyrical and motivational. Sellassie cares about his community and works to bridge gaps, his plan for his music was set forth to “…Disturb to Increase the Peace, Bring Awareness to the Beast.” His songs use rap as a tool to reach others and an outlet for self-expression. Alongside his lyric and politic, his business is revolutionary, Sellassie created, co-produces and hosts two Live Show Series, 2Racks Rap Contest and ​We All We Got with which he’s showcased and connected with thousands of independent artists and hiphop affliates across the country. The series are in excess of 125 shows in the last 2 years and are very successful. Innovative, Inclusionary and Pioneering, Sellassie is a standout individual with the ambition to create change.

​Rap Music… to inspire a lost generation, his catalogue exceeds 300 songs, he brings light and knowledge to his music and wants a better tomorrow. Working with many social, political and youth based initiatives, contributor to various special projects, and always on the move, Sellassie is continually performing and has shared the stage with many great artists including Saul Williams, KRS-One, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Raekwon, The Goodie Mob, Mos Def, Sly and Robbie, Keith Murray, Rah Digga, Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, The Indigo Girls, Vieux Farka Toure, Dead Prez, Rebelution, Cormega, Goapele, Canibus, The Hieroglyphics, Pharoahe Monch, Lyrics Born, Martin Luther, Mac Mall, Ray Luv, The Jacka, Planet Asia, and Zion I among hundreds of Independent greats.

“I want to be in the History books, Not the Pop Charts”

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DCND Screening in Florida!

DCND will be screened at the Movieville Film Festival this weekend in Sarasota, Florida, and has again been nominated for “Best Documentary.” Come check out the film on Sunday, September 23rd at 3pm at Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota, Florida.

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DCND Wins Awards & Nominations at the Action on Film Festival

The Don’t Cost team just learned that the film has won “Best Documentary-Political” at the Action on Film Festival! We also received first runner-up status for “Best Editing-Documentary,” and were nominated for a “Best Political Statement in a Film” award.

Kudos to the entire DCND dream team! Kathy Bisbee, Emery Hudson, Angela Juanita Bunch, Jeremy Cajas Bunch, Daniel James Howell, DJ RADIOACTIVE, DJ Leydis, Lucio, Sellassie, Kali Boom, Miss Gay Sterling, Gina Gallo, Nial Anderson, Alec Vanderwoude, Peter Leahey, Patricio Pace, Tres Americas Foundation, and SO many others who have contributed towards this achievement! Thank you for all of your efforts! Let’s get into more film festivals and share with the world the powerful message of hope and change from the artists in Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream!

Several more upcoming film festivals to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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TONIGHT: DCND Screening at the Action on Film Festival

Join the filmmakers at the screening of Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream at the Action on Film Festival in Monrovia, CA just ten mins from Pasadena. Don’t Cost has been nominated for three awards at this festival: Best Editing for Documentary, Best Political Statement in a Film, and Best Documentary- Political!

Screening is at 8pm TONIGHT, 8/20/12, at the Kirkovian Theatre at the corner of Lemon and Myrtle street at 410 South Myrtle Avenue Monrovia, CA 91016.

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Don’t Cost showing at the Reel Change Film Festival

If you weren’t able to catch Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream at the Santa Cruz International Film Festival, you’re in luck! Our next screening will be May 26th at the 1st annual Reel Change Film Festival taking place on the picturesque UCSC campus. We hope to see you there!

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Don’t Cost Premiering at the Santa Cruz International Film Festival!

Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream will premiere at the Santa Cruz International Film Festival on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 3pm at the Nickelodeon Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz.

The final cut is a 38-minutes, character-based documentary about youth in Cuba, Nicaragua and Guatemala who are using music as an instrument of hope and change in their communities.

The film takes a look at the struggles of expressive street youth in Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala and the U.S. using a mix of hip hop, self-determination, and traditional music as instruments of hope. These youth use the power of music to create both small and powerful changes in themselves and their communities. They write, sing and perform their lyrics using music to make sense of their personal and collective histories, cultural heritage, and their day-to-day struggle against police repression, racism, and poverty.

Prepare to be inspired to create change in your life and community!

To purchase tickets, please visit the Santa Cruz Film Festival web site here.
Please help us spread the word of the screening, and we hope to see you there!

We will be having a fundraiser after party following the screening. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out where it will be held and to receive all updates about the film.

Artists from the film will be in attendance at the film screening, for Q&A, and will be performing at the after party in Santa Cruz. Hope to see you there!

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Film Update: Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream

Artists in Cuba with the DCND International Crew

Artists in Cuba with the DCND International Crew

Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream is in the final stages of post-production! Stay in Touch on
Facebook and on Twitter @BisbeeFilms.

Be inspired by the characters in Don’t Cost Nothin’ to Dream, a documentary about youth in Latin America who are using hip hop and traditional music as an instrument of hope, self-determination and change in their lives and their communities.

 

MC RADIOACTIVE & his son Voice

Also features CA Bay Area artists; MC RADIOACTIVE, Sellassie and DJ Leydis.

 

Please consider making a donation to support the film; we are 100% independent with a goal of getting these youth’s voices out to the word!

Stay tuned as we finish the final cut and submit it to film festivals. Let us know if there’s a film festival near you where you’d like to see the film screened!

Watch the trailer here or below.

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