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Recommended Documentaries

Documentaries for those seeking insight into history of the culture(s)!



Check Your Body At The Door (2011)

“Check Your Body at the Door” is the definitive one-hour documentary about some of the 1990’s remarkable freestyle house dancers and their lives outside the clubs. In 1992 Sally Sommer and the early production team invited actual club dancers to LC’s Clark Studio Theater, marking the first time this dancing was brought into the light, using the dancers and House dancing as the core of a documentary. Now in 2013, we are proud to make this film available to audiences and house dancers around the world!

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Chicago Hip House Documentary (1989)

Hip House Documentary featuring Fast Eddie, Tyree Cooper and Rocky Jones of DJ International Records in The Underground Studios. Includes appearances and interviews by Bill Coleman, KC Flight, Precious, Sundance and other artists.



Come As You Are (2017)

A short documentary exploring the cultural and social impact of the legendary Loft era in NYC. This film discusses how the ritual of club dancing and radical self-expression ignited unity and healing within the Latino and African American communities of New York. Understand how “The Loft” laid the roots for the birth of the international phenomenon of House culture and music. FEATURING Louis “Loose” Kee, Fella Rodriguez, Archie Burnett, Storenzo, Jacqueline Vargas, Chino, Elbin Reyes & DJ True FEATURED DANCERS Karate Kris, Shiro “IshiRoc”, Yahya James, Louis “Loose” Kee, Archie Burnett, Willi Ninja, Jeff Selby, Ejoe Wilson, Storenzo, Brian Green Caleaf Sellers, William “Quick” Reynolds, Marjory Smarth, Kim Holmes, Shannon Mabra ORIGINAL FOOTAGE & PHOTOS PROVIDED BY Mewa, Fella, Loose, Elbin & Storenzo


House Of Tres | Diane Martel

Taken from one episode in this 1990 series of arts programs featuring the work of leading avant-garde artists in video, music, dance, theater, and film. The first half of this program investigates the club scene and the types of music and dance associated with it. Various unidentified disc jockeys discuss house music and the development of hip hop and voguing while dancers demonstrate their techniques. In addition, a variety of drag queens participate in a voguing ball, a competition in which the men present exaggerated versions of fashion models. (Source: “


Maestro (2005)


Pump Up The Volume (2001)


Pump Up The Volume

Documentary about history of house music, from its early days as NY disco to the massive European and International scene it has become, via the major people and clubs who pushed it forward.
00:00 First part: starting with disco in the mid-seventies and early eighties at clubs in New York, Chicago and Detroit. With Larry Levan in New York at the Paradise Garage, Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy at the Warehouse later called Music Box in Chicago.
49:06 Second part: late 80s. With the Summer of love at the Haçienda, Manchester, club Amnesia at Ibiza and the early days of Detroit techno, acid house and the UK Raves.
1:37:19 Third part: influence of house music in the UK, late eighties and early nineties.

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Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the second half of the 1980s, it chronicles the movement known as dance culture in New York City, and the social sectors most involved in it: gay Latinos and African-Americans, as well as the transgender community, all of them often involved in the risk of social exclusion and poverty.

This documentary has been considered an extraordinary example of the end of the so-called “Golden Age” of drag dancing in New York, as well as a delicate exploration of the conflicts derived from race, social class and gender in North America.

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How House Music Was Born



How Larry Heard Made House Music Deep

We explore how the US artist changed house music.

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The term “deep house” has come to mean many different things to many different people, being applied to everyone from Disclosure to Fred P. But the roots of the sound can be traced back to the musical innovations of one man: Larry Heard. In this video, we look at the techniques behind some of Heard’s most iconic and influential music, explaining how he gave house music a sense of depth.

Narrator: Moxie
Writer: Matt McDermott
Editor: Sophie Misrahi
Dubbing Mixer: Guy Clarke
Keyboardist: Charlotte Gray


I Was There When House Took Over The World




How Clubbing Changed The World

Documentary on the impact that EDM (Electronic Dance Music/house music) had on clubbing in the UK and the rest of the world.




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