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Directed by Nelson George

United States 2013 78 mins. In 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.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.