March 19 – 30
At Tower City
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Run Time: 93 minutes
"See I am Wonder Mike, and I like to say hello!" From the number one selling hip-hop single of all time, many of us are familiar with this iconic lyric of the megahit Rapper's Delight—the first ever rap song to hit it big, premiering nationally in clubs in 1979 and selling 10 million records over the past three decades. But how sure are you that the man behind these rhapsodic rhymes is really Wonder Mike? A compelling, and at times infuriating, documentary about the ultimate case of identity theft, I WANT MY NAME BACK tells the sad story of how the original Sugarhill Gang was robbed of their legacy, their money, and their name. Under the scandalous reign of the Robinson family—the original managers and founders of Sugarhill Records—both Wonder Mike and Master Gee lost it all when the Robinsons secretly trademarked their names and music and began performing as a pseudo-Sugarhill Gang. Spiraling into drugs, poverty, and depression, both rap artists left the biz for years. But here they are back with a vengeance, determined to reclaim their place in hip-hop history and sounding better than ever. – M.M.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:40 PM
This screening is on Stand By.
Standing Up Competition
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Roger Paradiso is an American writer, director, and producer with a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Design and Playwriting from Rutgers University. He has written and directed a number of plays and short films, including his award-winning short "Looping" (1991).
"Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" (2004), I WANT MY NAME BACK (2011)
Day and KNIGHT in Akron
Join us for a full day of CIFF38 programming in Akron on Thursday, March 27th!
Cleveland Foundation Community Day at the CIFF38
Enjoy a FREE day at the Festival, courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation on Monday, March 24th