The popular book “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop” is coming to the screen as a documentary. Universal Music Group’s Mercury Studio and Republic Records’ Federal Films, including Jupiter Entertainment, are behind the adaptation. Joseph Patel has been instructed; Jupiter’s Patrick Reardon, Federal Films’ Chris Blackwell and Dana Sano, and Mercury Studio’s Barack Moffitt and Daniel Seligar, along with “Contact High” author Vicky Tobak, will co-produce Fred Brathwaite (aka Fab 5 Freddy).
The 2018 photo book describes the rise of hip-hop from more than 100 photo shoots through streetcakes to commercial success. Similarly Doc will use communication sheets, stylized set pieces and archive interviews to visually tell stories.
“Hip-hop has always brought self-definition, especially when it comes to visuals and style,” Tobak said. “It’s important to bring Contact Hike to the big screen to show how a cultural force that grew out of the Black and Brown community will have a long and lasting impact on people around the world. Communication sheets reveal how photographers shaped the evolution of a visual cultural phenomenon. Digging into the visual archive to enliven this story. ”
Added Patel: “Vicky’s book is a very important tribute to hip-hop culture and to those who created it, save it and keep it alive. I’m thrilled to discuss these stories with her and Fab 5 Freddie and save them for years to come. “
Fab 5 Freddie said, “This is the first comprehensive look at the history of hip-hop photography,” from the early days of culture to poppin, showing that the project has truly created a global impact on hip-hop. By showing contact sheets and archives, it takes you deeper into the creative process. If you love hip-hop or if you’re a fan of the history of pop culture, you’ve seen these pictures and now understand what it’s like to preserve the photographic history of the whole music.
The film is co-produced by Mercury Studios, which will also direct sales and marketing.