Rampage - Denzell Lovett, Marcus Lovett, Janel Daniels, George Gittoes
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Forget Baghdad, Miami's off the chain!
Gittoes follows a premise set up by the soldier musician Elliott Lovett, in Soundtrack to war, Iraq “we get shot at more in Miami than Baghdad.”
Rampage takes us to a battered project near Miami airport, to meet the Lovett Family and the Brown Sub community, and explores the ways out - war, music, or death.
Elliot Lovett (23), the soldier Gittoes meets in a rap battle in Baghdad, links the two worlds of war, and takes us to Miami- where we meet street smart, Marcus Lovett (20), considered by Elliot to be the most talented rap artist of the family, and little brother, Denzell (14).
When a 16-year-old assassin murders his talented older brother during the making of the film, Denzell is left with his lyrics and demo CDs, to carry the family's desperate hope that their music will get them out of the ghetto.
Opening a chance for Denzell, the film glides from the gutter of Brown Sub, Miami - the tough street world that Denzell has rapped about in ‘Rampage' - to the giddy heights of the New York offices where Denzell meets, head on, the tests of the music business.
A host of other characters become windows into the human landscape of America's South, as Gittoes gets it down as it happens on the street, stepping outside the hypes and stereotypes, bringing us a startling contemporary portrait of America.
Rampage gets us into the inner workings of Urban Culture which has risen out of the poverty of America's poorest communities to become the dominant popular influence on world youth, music and fashion.
Urban music names Swizz Beatz, Fat Joe, DJ Kaled, Steve Rifkind and others appear in the film, giving an extraordinary endorsement of Denzell Lovett's talent, and insights into inner circles of the music business.
Theatrical propaganda posters
Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film documentary music hip-hop Miami record deal street crime New York urban war soldier Iraq
Persons of interest
- Denzell Lovett .... Himself
- Marcus Lovett .... Himself
- Janel Daniels .... Herself
- George Gittoes .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Rampage official movie site
- Rampage film production notes
- Rampage QuickTime movie trailers:
- Low resolution: Small * Medium * Large
- High resolution: Small * Medium * Large
- Podcast: Lynden Barber interviews George Gittoes
- Awards and film festivals:
- Athens Film Festival 2006: Screening
- Berlin International Film Festival 2006: Official selection
- Chicago International Film Festival 2006: USA première
- Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival 2006: Screening
- Montréal Nouveau Film Festival 2006: Screening
- Raindance Film Festival 2006: Jury finalist
- Stockholm Film Festival 2006: Screening
- Sydney Film Festival 2006: Screening
- Vancouver International Film Festival 2006: Screening
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
The documentary, music movie Rampage is directed by George Gittoes and stars Denzell Lovett, Marcus Lovett, Janel Daniels.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- Languages: English
- Picture: Widescreen 16:9
- Special features:
- Bonus CD soundtrack
- Music video: Clips
- Trailers: Theatrical
Government security censorship classification
M (Moderate coarse language, moderate war and conflict themes)
103 minutes (1:43 hours)