Marsai Martin, Jay-Z, George Clinton & Sinbad Tell The Story Of Rudy Love @ the Hip Hop Film Festival

Harlem Film House
Jul 8, 2019 · 2 min read
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Who is Rudy Love? A new documentary entitled “This Is Love” chronicles the story of Rudy Love, a polarizing figure in Black music. The documentary is a searing look into the world of the music business; how it can decimate, co-opt and appropriate the intellectual property of the most talented, leaving them with nothing.

The movie is a look into the “quintessential struggle of African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.”

“His voice has been influencing us for decades, whether we know it or not…” says the director john Alexander. Alexander leaves no stone unturned in this ousting.. bringing in legends such as Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, George Clinton & Sinbad. Their co-sign allows the viewer to understand just how important Rudy Love’s contribution is to the culture….a contribution important enough for Michael Jackson to allegedly rip-off his entire catalogue. It appears Quincy Jones was not lying when he told the world about Michael Jackson buying “obscure artists” entire catalogues and putting them out as his own… so yea.. there’s that.

Rudy Love says it is family and love that got him through, and made him want to keep creating, as opposed to being bitter. The fruits of his labor is apparent in his music that still lives, thanks to Jay-Z, and a grounded legacy that now even extends to Hollywood with his niece Marsai Martin making strides and putting all her youthful weight behind stories for the culture, including this documentary about her own family.

This Is Love premieres at the Hip Hop Film Festival opening night. Day passes are available here. Opening Night Feature passes are available here (Block 6a).

For more information on the festival, visit the festival site at

About the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC

Out of over 5,000 festivals in the world, the Hip-Hop Film Festival is the only festival to focus on writers, directors and producers who grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop. This season the festival hosts over 100 directors, producers and screenwriters from the United States, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, India, Japan, Portugal, Argentina and more. The Hip Hop Film Festival features every genre (mystery, sci-fi, horror, action, romance, etc.) of story from filmmakers who live across the world. It is also the only film festival that seeks to share the profits with the filmmakers selected to participate.

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