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Questlove and Dilla Time author Dan Charnas is collaborating on a documentary about the late producer, rapper, and musician J Dilla.
a documentary about J Dilla is coming. On Thursday (September 22), The Hollywood Reporter shared that The Roots drummer and Summer of Soul director have teamed up to bring the non-fiction project to life. The documentary will be based on the author and educator’s recent biography Dilla Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla. Dan Charnaswho taught a course at New York University on the former Slum Village member.
Charnas shared her excitement about the upcoming film on Twitter, confirming that Dilla’s estate is cooperating with Questlove’s film company, Two One Five Entertainment.
This has been in the works, in many ways, before a word of the book was written. There were two things I knew for sure… /1https://t.co/p7teDC4WDW
— Dan Charnas (@dancharnas) September 22, 2022
“I took a long break from thinking about telling a visual story while writing the book, because getting it right was more important than anything else,” Charnas wrote.
“What we’ve done here is preserve the independence of the storytelling while making sure that the people Dilla loved are connected to the project in a meaningful way,” he added.
“Explaining musical genius is my mission. Being able to tell the world about the musician who influenced me the most is a dream come true. Not just me, but an entire generation of musicians that everyone knows and loves,” Questlove said in a statement. “J Dilla was our teacher. And what he taught us was how to feel the rhythm in a way that we had never felt before. I am so honored to be a part of bringing his story to the world through this documentary.”
As The Hollywood Reporter noted, Questlove and Two One Five will work with Summer of Soul producer Joseph Patel on the documentary, who will produce and co-direct with Darby Wheeler. Questlove, as well as Two One Five bandmates Zarah Zolhman, Shawn Gee and Black Thought, will serve as executive producers on Dilla Time.