Apr 14 2011

Bouncing Cats Screening Tonight!

Posted by Dustyn Winder

Press Release:

Inspiring Documentary
Bouncing Cats
Uniting the Children of Uganda through Breakdance and Hip-Hop Culture

Screening at University Center Auditorium on the campus of University of Tennessee- Knoxville
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Followed by Q&A with legendary B-boy Crazy Legs from Rock Steady Crew

Knoxville, TN – Award-winning film Bouncing Cats, the inspiring documentary of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda through hip-hop, will screen at the University Center Auditorium at the University of Tennessee on Thursday, April 14, 2011. Narrated by Common and featuring interviews with Will.I.Am and K’naan, the story follows the legendary Crazy Legs of the Rock Steady Crew and b-boy Abramz, the founder of Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU), on a journey to unify, empower and inspire youth in the war-torn region that has been called one of the worst places on earth to be a child.*  The film, by director Nabil Elderkin, has won four awards on the film festival circuit recently including the Audience Award for “Best Feature Documentary” at the Bahamas International Film Festival this past December. Doors open at 6:00 PM, screening begins at 7:00 PM. This special event will include a live Q&A session after the film screening with Crazy Legs and others. To learn more about the film, please visit http://www.bouncingcats.com and http://www.facebook.com/bouncingcats.

Breakdance Project Uganda started in February 2006 by Abraham “Abramz” Tekya out of the belief that hip-hop can be used as a tool to engage and empower disadvantaged youth in Kampala and other areas of Uganda. Its mission is to engage young people in hip-hop culture in order to build leadership skills and promote social responsibility for positive change.  The Project has attracted people from every walk of life and acts as a catalyst for building mutually beneficial relationships between people of different social strata across Uganda and the rest of the world. After a trip to Uganda with NGO Oxfam, where he met Abramz, director Elderkin decided to make the film with the hope of shedding light on the situation. “The work Abramz is doing with the kids of Uganda inspired me,” said Elderkin. “It was something I wanted to capture and share with others.”

Red Bull Media House has partnered with UT student group, the Jazz for Justice Project (JfJ), to bring this film to the UT and Knoxville communities. Jazz for Justice is an initiative founded in 2006 by UT Professor Rosalind Hackett to raise funds, awareness, and support for the power of music and the arts in the post-conflict reconstruction of northern Uganda. In four years, Jazz for Justice has raised over $25,000 for various northern Ugandan musicians and arts-related projects.

Bouncing Cats Cast:
Abraham “Abramz” Tekya:
Abraham Tekya, commonly known as “Abramz,” is the director and founder of Breakdance Project Uganda, an organization launched in February 2006 that uses breakdance and other elements of hip-hop culture to promote positive change and social responsibility. A native of Mengo, Kampala, Uganda, Abramz grew up quickly, as most children in Uganda are forced to. At the age of seven, he lost both of his parents to AIDS and was orphaned, shuffled between distant relatives and different homes. Despite these circumstances, Abramz used his life experience and love of hip-hop to educate, inspire and unite youth in Uganda and beyond. http://www.bouncingcats.com/cast/tekya.php

Richard “Crazy Legs” Colòn:
To call Richard “Crazy Legs” Colòn a pioneer is an understatement. It is nearly impossible to have a conversation about b-boying without giving mention to the legendary Crazy Legs. Not only is he a veteran of hip-hop as a culture, boasting more than 3 decades as the driving force behind the hip-hop dance movement, but he’s also an outstanding citizen and role model. He has lent his time, experience, and influence to aiding and encouraging the positive advancement of hip-hop culture. http://www.bouncingcats.com/cast/crazylegs.php

Jolly Grace Okot:
Jolly Grace Okot, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was among the first wave of children abducted and forced to be a child soldier in the beginning of Uganda’s civil war. She is the Uganda Country director for Invisible Children (IC) and has been involved with the organization since the beginning. Her guidance enabled Bouncing Cats‘ filmmakers to see and understand the plight of children in Northern Uganda, and her leadership and direction helped create IC’s initiatives on the ground. Okot also runs H.E.A.L.S., a program that provides play therapy for war-affected children.
Additional details on cast members are available at http://www.bouncingcats.com/cast.

Additional Credits & Film Details:
Bouncing Cats was produced by Red Bull Media House. Proceeds from the film are going to Breakdance Project Uganda.

Nabil Elderkin, Director:
Director Nabil Elderkin, originally a native of Australia, began his photography career when he picked up a camera to shoot portraits of fellow surfers. What started as a hobby, rapidly developed into a working career. From surf portraits, Elderkin began shooting musicians and anyone that inspired him. He later moved to the United States to continue to expand his career. Today, Elderkin lives and works in Los Angeles at his studio downtown. He shoots musicians, sports, fashion, and portraiture. Elderkin has recently published a book titled Glow in the Dark with Kanye West through Rizzoli and has directed several music videos and documentaries from here to Africa. Traveling is his passion. He created the film in order to bring attention to the situation in Uganda as well as support the inspiring work Abramz is doing through BPU. http://www.nabil.com

– Executive Producers: Amy Taylor, Scotty Bradfield, Karma Gardner, Charlie Rosene
– Producers: Nyla Hassell, George Mays, Claude Merkel, Charles Spano
- Film Editing: Isaac Hagy
– Sound Editor: Andrew Le Guier
– Genre: Documentary / Music
– Runtime: 75 minutes
– Country: USA
– Language: English
– Color: Color
– Filming Locations: Uganda, USAAwards:
– Newport Film Festival “Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking”
– Urbanworld Film Festival “Best Documentary Feature Film”
– DocUtah – Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival “Audience Favorite Award”
– Bahamas International Film Festival Audience Award for “Best Feature Documentary”

For more information, or to request screeners, images, and interviews, please contact Lisa Gracey –lisa.gracey@us.redbull.com or 615-973-3595

* Former UNICEF head Carol Bellamy has called northern Uganda “pretty much the worst place on earth to be a child;” over 20,000 children – some as young as six years old – have been abducted by the rebel-led Lords Resistance Army (LRA), forced to serve as child soldiers, sex slaves and laborers. http://www.warchild.org/projects/WC_Canada/Uganda/uganda.html

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The 4th Annual Jazz for Justice Concert Poster AND Conference Poster

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