The Beat (2003 film)

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The Beat
The beat 2003 film.jpg
The Beat official DVD cover.
Directed by Brandon Sonnier[1]
Produced by Ryan Seashore
Jason Peterson
Scott Speer
Kenneth Arnold (executive)
Written by Brandon Sonnier
Starring

Rahman Jamaal
Jazsmin Lewis
Gregory Alan Williams
Brian McKnight
Steve Connell

Jermaine Williams
Music by Rahman Jamaal
Chris Westlake
Cinematography Graham Futerfas
Edited by John Randle
Production
company
Symbolic Entertainment
Tripped Out Productions
Distributed by Allumination FilmWork LLC
Release dates 2005
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Beat is a 2003 drama written and directed by Brandon Sonnier and was screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. At 20 years of age, Sonnier was the youngest director to have a feature film debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The previous record was held by Robert Rodriguez for El Mariachi. With limited release on Showtime, Black STARZ, and Encore in 2005, the film became an underground hip hop cult-classic, supported by a cast of internationally recognized rap artists such as Chino XL, Tak (Styles of Beyond) and Coolio, as well as Def Poetry Jam's Steve Connell. The film's star, Rahman Jamaal also wrote and produced the film's hip hop soundtrack.

Plot[edit]

Philip Randall Bernard a.k.a. "Flip" (Rahman Jamaal) is faced with the decision to join the police force, or attempt to live his dream of becoming a Hip Hop/spoken word artist. The film shows both of Flip's possible futures.

Cast[edit]

Rahman Jamaal
Jazsmin Lewis
Gregory Alan Williams
Brian McKnight
Steve Connell
Jermaine Williams

External links[edit]

New York Times Move Review [1]
The Beat at the Internet Movie Database

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