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Documentary about rapper The DOC sells to vertical entertainment

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Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to “The DOC,” a documentary about a rap legend whose life and career are shattered after a near-fatal accident.

DOC, a hip-hop songwriter and producer known for NWA and Dr. Wrote for Dre, was involved in a car accident in 1989 that robbed him of his voice. “DOC,” directed by Dave Caplan, picks up 30 years later as he considers a dangerous experimental surgery that could restore his vocal cords.

The movie Vertical will be released in theaters in spring 2023 after its world premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

“DOC is an incredible talent and visionary who helped launch the hip-hop movement into mainstream America,” Peter Jaroi, a partner at Vertical, said in a statement. “As his extraordinary life unfolds on screen, it’s like witnessing the history of hip-hop unfold before your eyes with industry legends who count him as a friend, collaborator and mentor. Everyone needs to see this inspiring journey and we are proud to present it this spring.”

The film includes footage of The D.O.C., as well as interviews with industry legends including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube, XGbit, Two $heart, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Tone Lok, Big Boy, Sir Jinx. , DJ Yella, Jewel and Dr. To tell the rapper’s life story and legacy in the rock music business. Born Tracy Lynn Curry in 1968, the artist known as The DOC is also famous for co-founding Death Row Records and serving as a mentor to Snoop Dogg.

The film was produced by The DOC, Gary Osdahl and Kaplan. Executive producers are Brent Mack and Erykah Badu. The cinematography of the film is by Thomas McCallum, the editor is Kevin Barth and the music is directed by Kyle Townshend and the music is supervised by Joel C. hi

“One of hip-hop’s greatest untold stories, providing the backdrop for a man’s search for his true purpose in life,” said Mack. “What DOC went through at the height of his fame, losing his voice and his identity, is unimaginable to me. How he dealt with it, and the people and music he influenced along the way, is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride that’s both heartbreaking and inspiring.”

Jarowey and senior VP of acquisitions Tony Piantedosi negotiated the deal on behalf of the vertical with CAA Media Finance, which negotiated the production.

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