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Sundance Deal: Ice-T's 'Something From Nothing' Rap & Hip-Hop Doc Goes to Indomina For Worldwide Distribution

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2012 at 4:08PM

Indomina has acquired world rights to Ice-T's Sundance documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," and intends to release the film in early summer.
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"Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap"
Indomina "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap"

Indomina has acquired world rights to Ice-T's Sundance documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," and intends to release the film in early summer. The film features Chuck D, Grandmaster Caz, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Melle Mel, Q-Tip, Redman, Mos Def, Afrika Bambaataa, B Real, Immortal Tecnique, Ice Cube, MC Lyte, Nas, Dr. Dre, KRS One, Common and Kanye West. (Here's Indiewire's Ice-T interview.)

First-time director Ice-T also exec produced, alongside Jorge Hinojosa, Simon D. Pearce, David Kaplan, Alison Toogood and Jelena Nikolic. Toogood also produced.

Indomina's Jasbinder Singh Mann says, "The Art of Rap is a perfect fit for Indomina - a masterfully crafted, superbly riveting and star studded film about rap that only Ice-T could deliver."

Dominican Republic-based Indomina Group's recent acquisitions also include the UK's Simon Pegg-starrer "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" and Johnny To's "Life Without Principle," which debuted at Venice.

More on the film below:

"Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" is a performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is hip-hop. Practitioner/filmmaker Ice-T, with codirector Andy Baybutt, takes viewers on a personal journey into the craft and skill of rap, and what goes on inside the minds and erupts from the pens of rap legends. Ice-T travels from coast to coast, engaging intimately with his subjects, and what emerges is an intense tribute to the original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.