Local Olympian J.R. Celski Wants Your Help With The Otherside, M.A.D. Northwest's Seattle Hip-Hop Documentary

Last spring, we told you that the Coolout Network's Georgio Brown is working on his debut full-length film Top Left, chronicling the 20 years since he began shooting Seattle hip-hop in April 1991. And last week, we showed you how to get in on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's film collaboration with Zia Mohajerjasbi for their latest single "Wings" via Kickstarter.

And now, the M.A.D. Northwest Team--comprising local Olympic medalist J.R. Celski, Vinny Dom, and filmmakers Dan Torok and Jeff Santos--is looking for a financial "kickstart" to their Seattle hip-hop documentary The Otherside. It takes an exciting current snapshot, featuring an impressively long list of the local names you know and love, including Fresh Espresso, Sol, Massive Monkeys, Jake One, Blue Scholars, Macklemore, Larry Mizell Jr., Spaceman, Mad Rad, Khingz, Grynch, RA Scion, J Pinder, The Physics, Eighty4 Fly, and Wizdom. And those are just the shots featured in the trailer.

First and foremost, we are passionate fans of hip-hop and proud citizens of the northwest. Hip-hop has become the dominant genre in Seattle and the amount of talent that is present in the area right now is absolutely mind blowing. The problem is that for the most part, hip-hop artists from Seattle have historically struggled to gain mass appeal. We've heard from locals that the excitement and overall vibe of the current music scene is reminiscent of the grunge movement in the 1990's. This could be the start of something big.

So far, all costs have been out-of-pocket--the sought-after $15,000 in Kickstarter funds will back post-production costs like editing, engineering, and film-festival submission fees. And in true Kickstarter mode, pledges have bonuses that range from T-shirts and signed DVDs to associate-producer credits and tickets to the premiere.

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