Finding the Funk

  • Directed by Nelson George
  • United States, 2013, 78 mins., English

FINDING THE FUNK is a road trip in search of the past, present, and future of funk music. Starting with funk’s roots in jazz and the James Brown bands of the ’60s, Nelson’s journey goes to the Bay Area to celebrate Sly and the Family Stone; then to Dayton, the birthplace of The Ohio Players and so many of funk’s originators; then to Detroit, where from the ashes of Motown, P-Funk’s “Mothership” arose; and on to LA, where a new generation of musicians are creating their own funk history. Legends such as Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, and Steve Arrington weigh in, as do their descendants, Mike D, D’Angelo, Sheila E, and Shock G. Narrated by Questlove of The Roots.

Genres: Documentary, Music