EXCLUSIVE: As George Clinton is preparing to get his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a new documentary about the Parliament-Funkadelic founder is in the works.
Clinton, a funk pioneer, is the subject of Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?.
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The documentary is written by Ishmael Reed, the author behind novels including Mumbo, Jumbo and known as the father of Afrofuturism, and co-directed by Alan Elliott, director of Aretha Franklin film Amazing Grace, and Christopher Harris, director of films including Reckless Eyeballing and Still/Here.
CAA and 3Arts are helping the filmmakers find financing. You can watch a trailer, narrated by Harry Lennix and introduced by Presidential candidate Dr. Cornel West, below.
Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic? tells the story of Clinton, his alter egos and friends. It is a somewhat absurdist take on the history of Parliament-Funkadelic featuring never-before-granted access to his archive.
Clinton started out as a staff songwriter for Motown in the 1960s before becoming known for the P-Funk of Parliament and Funkadelic in the ‘70s, where he had a slew of hit singles.
Clinton’s manager Archie Ivy will produce the film. Atlanta Visuals is handling special effects.
The filmmakers described the doc as a “science fictional, jukebox, musical autobiography”.
It comes as Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, civil rights attorney Ben Crump and longtime Motown songwriter Janie Bradford are set to introduce Clinton as he unveils his walk of fame star.
Clinton is repped by Jampol Artist Management.
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