Documentary directed by Bobby J. Brown (USA, 2017, 57 min.). Filmmaker Bobby Brown takes us way behind the scenes in this revealing profile of the revolutionary dance-party funk band Parliament Funkadelic, including a hard look at its controversial and autocratic leader, George Clinton. From doo-wop roots to the Mothership Connection tour and the band’s eventual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, the music and the over-the-top costumes put the fun in funk. The stories of high life and wild ways are de rigueur for the rock scene, but the meat of this tale is an unraveling saga of Clinton’s ruthless manipulation and exploitation of band members, leaving some of his original collaborators bewildered and betrayed.

Followed by a Q&A with the director and original members from Parliament Funkadelic.
Note that June 3-film passes cannot be redeemed for this film.


Opening Night Ticket Package

Purchase tickets to both opening night films (Body and Soul: An American Bridge and Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic) at a discounted rate of $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Note that June 3-film passes cannot be redeemed for the RIFF opening night films.


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