Clockwise worked with Mixmag on a once in a lifetime opportunity – shooting a documentary with legendary Detroit producer Moodymann.
From the outset we knew this was a unique project. Kenny Dixon, as Moodymann is also known, is something of an enigma in the electronic music world and rarely appears on film. This was to be the first documentary made about Kenny so we jumped at the chance to be involved.
A BEACON FOR DETROIT
The film was a collaboration with New Era, timed to coincide with the launch of a new collection designed by Moodymann. We knew this was a job for regular Clockwise collaborator Louis Ellison, who has a strong portfolio of fashion films and music documentaries and is also a big Moodymann fan.
Kenny’s New Era collection is designed to be a beacon for his home city, so the majority of the filming took place on location in Detroit. However, Kenny is also an Anglophile and asked to shoot his master interview with Gilles Peterson in London.
We produced a long and short version of the film to be released via Mixmag and New Era channels. The short version is 3:13 in length – capturing the spirit of the longer documentary in a time span reflecting the Detroit area code.
“Detroit is a dream location to film. We found warm passionate people, with music running through their veins. Kenny took us under his wing and gave us a rare chance to experience his world and a side of Detroit most never see. I think his passion for music, creativity and his community affected us all. The team came away from that trip feeling we’d learned something about the power of music in the community. We knew we had to make a film that showed a progressive and positive Detroit, one that Kenny would be proud of.”Louis Ellison, Director
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