Infamy

Credits:

Directed and Edited by Doug Pray
Produced by Brad Blondheim and Ernest Meza
Executive Produced by Allen and Albert Hughes
Co-Produced by Heidi Rataj Addison
Director of Photography Robert Bennett
Distributed by Palm Pictures

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE: “Stellar”

PREMIERE MAGAZINE: "...an amazing, life-affirming movie." Glenn Kenny

AIN'T IT COOL NEWS: one of the Top 5 Films of the Year! "Scratch is like having a camera there when Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads. It's like having a camera there when BB or Miles played their first show. It's a record of living history - a very important history and don't let anyone, anyone, tell you otherwise...Scratch is so strong...it's beautiful and utterly, knowingly true. And that's about the most impossible thing to do on-screen... I can't celebrate this film enough." John Robie

 

SCRATCH is a film that explores the world of the hip-hop DJ. From the birth of hip-hop, when pioneering DJ's began extending breaks on their party records (which helped inspire break dancing and rap), to the invention of scratching and "beat-juggling" vinyl, to its more recent explosion as a musical movement called "turntablism," it's a story of underdogs and virtuosos who have radically changed the way we hear and create music.

The film features some of the world's best DJ's, whether famous for solo scratching, competing in DJ battles, playing for rap artists, or just rocking parties with the most insane records ever dug up. With dynamic performances and interviews with DJ's Q-bert, Mix Master Mike (of Beastie Boys fame) Rob Swift and the X-ecutioners, Cut Chemist & NuMark (of Jurassic 5), DJ Craze, The Bullet Proof Space Travelers, Babu (of Dilated Peoples), DJ Krush, DJ Premier (Gang Starr), and others, along with "old-school" innovators like Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay and GrandWizard Theodore (who is widely acknowledged as having invented the idea of scratching vinyl in the first place).

SCRATCH had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. It was released in theaters nationwide by Palm Pictures and the DVD is still widely available in video and music stores. After its release, the film inspired two world tours of top DJs, and a performance movie named "SCRATCH: ALL THE WAY LIVE" (also Directed by Doug Pray and Produced by Brad Blondheim).