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USA, 2006 (MIFF 2006, Backbeat: Music on Film)

Director: Denis Heny Hennell, Casey Suchan


“Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuthin' to f**k with…” Festival producer Chang Weisberg, the personification of independent hip-hop's DIY spirit, puts everything on the line for his impossible dream of reuniting notorious no-shows The Wu-Tang Clan for their first gig in years.
Furiously paced and rich with multiple narratives, Rock the Bells follows Weisberg and his guerilla promotion team as they fight for the arrival of all nine Wu-Tang members (particularly the ‘reluctant' ODB), battle broken equipment and overwhelmed security, attempt to control the riotous crowd in an overheated, over-crowded venue and deliver the history-making show they have promised.
As the Tribeca Film Festival commented, “Filmmakers Denis Henry Hennelly and Casey Suchan have accomplished something quite remarkable with Rock the Bells… By skillfully editing together countless hours of footage from more than 20 cameras, (they) have turned what could have been a ragged, by-the-numbers effort into a coherent, thrilling narrative.”
Rock the Bells, a pumping document of contemporary hip-hop culture, also features performances by Redman, Dilated Peoples, MC Supernatural, Sage Francis, Eyedea & Abilities and DJ Numark.

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Denis Henry Hennelly was born in Indiana, USA, in 1974. Casey Suchan was born in Illinois, USA, in 1974. Rock the Bells (2006) is their feature film directing debut.

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