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Doc 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp' To Premiere At This Year's TIFF

by Vanessa Martinez
July 31, 2012 6:20 PM
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No stills or trailer have yet been released, but today's press release disclosing this year's Toronto International Film Festival's lineup mentioned the feature documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp as making its premiere.

Directed and executive produced by Jorge Hinojosa, his first filmmaking credit according to imdb, Iceberg Slim features interviews with the notorious pimp-turned-book author himself, Chris Rock, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones and others.

Digging for more info, I found this blog entry by one of the doc's 2-min animation segment director, Carly Veronica, in which she says that Iceberg Slim's director Hinojosa, "blends pulp fiction imagery with ambitious biographical digging to tell the story of legendary pimp/author Iceberg Slim, whose gritty and poetic books about ghetto life gave birth to Street Lit."

Here's the full synopsis:

'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp', examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones.

We'll keep you abreast with any clips and/or trailer when it becomes available.

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  • Miles Ellison | July 31, 2012 11:47 PMReply

    In light of recent projects, I wonder if this film is actually about Iceberg Slim, or about a white guy who was one of his regular johns.

  • Suzanne | July 31, 2012 10:25 PMReply

    I smell another American Gangster in the works.......

  • PRISS | July 31, 2012 9:39 PMReply

    Toronto is all up on the pimps and drug dealers this year, eh? Pass.

  • Edwina | July 31, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    The different between Iceberg Slim and many of today's street-lit authors is the simple fact that he could actually write.

  • Wise | August 1, 2012 6:44 PM

    Actually, he was mediocre at best as a writer, but he did have an aggressive editor...which is what's lacking today.

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