We Like It Like That - Trailer

We Like It Like That is a feature-length documentary film about Latin boogaloo, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of New York City. 

 

Starring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That explores this lesser-known, but pivotal moment in Latin music history through original interviews, music recordings, live performances, dancing and rare archival footage and images

 

From its origins to its recent resurgence, it is the story of a sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.

 

The film had its world premiere at SXSW 2015, was the best documentary winner at UrbanWorld 2015, was nominated for a 2016 Cinema Tropical Award for Best U.S. Latino Film, and broadcast on the PBS program America ReFramed in Fall, 2016.

 

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions and released in association with Codigo Films and Saboteur Media. Available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Reel House. For more information go to latinboogaloo.com.

Where Is Art?

On the walls of a tunnel under Riverside Park, Chris Pape, AKA Freedom, painted tributes to Michelangelo and Goya and reflections on his experiences as a graffiti writer and with the homeless people living in the tunnel.

 

The large murals, which he painted during the 1980s and early 90s, spread across 10 city blocks and were visible through gratings on the street. They quickly gained notoriety and the tunnel eventually became known as the Freedom Tunnel.

 

After learning in 2011 that Amtrak intended to paint over the murals, we asked Freedom to revisit the tunnel, hoping we would still find some of his works intact before it was too late. This is what we saw.

Developed and produced by Muddy Science productions in collaboration with Niko Koppel.

The Note: Eddie Palmieri,
A Revolution On Harlem River Drive

Inspired by the early ’70s activism of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, Latin music pioneer Eddie Palmieri produced one of the most daring albums of his already storied career: Harlem River Drive, a politically-charged Latin-funk masterpiece so ahead of its time its influence continues to resonate decades later.

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions in collaboration with Red Bull Music Academy and Red Bull Media House for Red Bull TV.

Lee Quiñones - Heaven Is Life

Over a moving gallery of his subway murals and cut out images of the young artist painting in the void, New York graffiti legend Lee Quiñones talks about his love for trains, the motivations behind his work, and the movement he helped elevate.

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions.

We Like It Like That - Clip: Joe Bataan's Piano 

In this clip from the acclaimed feature-length documentary We Like It Like That, legendary musician Joe Bataan has an unexpected reunion with the church basement piano he taught himself to play music on 50-years earlier.

The full film is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Reel House. For more information go to latinboogaloo.com.

Visual Clave - 50 Years of Latin Album Cover Design
A "Love Riot" With Jon Batiste

Years before they would become the house band for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, New Orleans jazz virtuoso Jon Batiste and The Stay Human Band wrapped up a gig at Rockwood Music Hall and proceeded to start an impromptu second line through the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

 

With the crowd in tow, Batiste on melodica, Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba, Joe Saylor on tambourine, and special guest Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, the band clogged up the sidewalks and streets, stopping traffic as they gathered fans along the way.

In this piece, the wild street performance is interspersed with Batiste's thoughts on being a musician in New York City and bringing music to the people.

 

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions founder, Mathew Ramirez Warren, for NBC New York - Nonstop Sound.  

The Circus Comes to Brooklyn

Visual Clave is a gallery exhibit curated by Pablo E. Yglesias that pays tribute to 50 years of Latin album cover art from New York City and features the work of influential artists like Izzy Sanabria.

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions in collaboration with Eltoque Films and Fania Records.

Friars of the South Bronx

An order of Franciscan Friars in the South Bronx, has grown steadily since the 1980s, attracting men from across the country willing to give up material possessions and devote their lives to prayer and charity.

The friars, who take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, spend four to five hours a day praying and most of the rest of their time trying to help the poor. They depend almost entirely on donations to support themselves and their charities, which include a homeless shelter, a youth center and food handouts.

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions founder, Mathew Ramirez Warren, for The New York Times. (Still by Christian Hansen)

While the notion of circus performers is largely associated with major productions like Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Coney Island sideshows, a new generation of performers is taking the circus arts to unexpected places. Fire eaters, stilt walkers, aerialists and sword swallowers are among those showing off their skills at parties, concerts, clubs and in the streets and in parks.

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions founder, Mathew Ramirez Warren, for The New York Times. (Still by Rob Bennett)

Brooklyn Elementary Offers Digital Music Production Class

A new after-school program at a Brooklyn elementary school is taking a modern approach to teaching children about music.

 

Three times a week, students at P.S. 38 in Boerum Hill are layering beats and manipulating sounds, learning how to craft their own songs in a digital music class.

 

Developed and produced by Muddy Science Productions founder, Mathew Ramirez Warren, for NBC 4 New York, featuring Tracy Strahan. 

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