Over the years, some of the great artists have been captured in amazing documentaries about their artistry, passions and life stories but there are still many heroes that seem to go under the mass radar of public spotlight except by those who are in the know and have been introduced to them through various outlets. One artists who’s name is well known in the record collectors world is Weldon Irvine who was a multi talented genius to say the least. In an upcoming new feature length documentary “Digging For Weldon Irvine” director Victorious DeCasta, , takes a historical trip through Irvine’s beginnings in Hampton, Virginia, into his breakout as Nina Simone’s bandleader and the lyricist behind the civil rights anthem “Young, Gifted & Black.” In keeping in with “each one, teach one” Irvine on a roll as a mentor of sorts to hip-hop artists (including Q-Tip and Mos Def) and the jazz communities in Jamaica, Queens, where he resided until his death in 2002.
This film is complete and needs to go into post production which requires a larger budget to finish so they’ve set up a crowd funding campaign which you can donate to here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/digging-for-weldon-irvine-music-film.
Check out the trailer below!