Published on August 31st, 2015


HHR Film Review: ‘Fresh Dressed’

On Thursday, August 20th, 2015 I and several representatives of HHR attended a marvelous screening party by GQ and CNN Films of the new documentary entitled ‘Fresh Dressed’.  The documentary was produced by Peter Bittenbender, Nasir Jones and Marcus Clarke and written and directed by Sasha Jenkins. At 8:30 pm the party guests settled in at “The Gent” to critically examine the documentary which chronicles the rise of and various forms of trends within hip-hop.

What, consequently, unfolded on screen was an extremely philosophical as well as scholarly discussion of the impact of hip hop  on the world of fashion, balanced by subtle humor laced throughout the documentary. With appearances in the film by Kanye West, Sean Combs, Andre Leon Talley, Todd Boyd, Elena Romero, Russell Simmons, Pharrel Williams, Dapper Don, Nas, Damon Dash, April Walker, Rihanna, Karl Kanin, Mark Ecko, Carl Jones and others the film uses live footage combined with animation to recreate the rise of hip hop as an urban fashion sensation.

    The documentary, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, will debut on CNN on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 9:00pm and 10:45pm Eastern-Standard Time. Although, at times, a bit wordy, the documentary is a good one. The running time of ‘Fresh Dressed’ is at around one and a half hours long without commercials. The documentary will also be available on CNNgo and Apple TV. On a scale of from one thru ten I rate ‘Fresh Dressed’ an eight(8).

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About the Author: Cleo Brown is the movie reviewer for She lives in Manhattan and has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary African-American History from The University of California at Davis and has done work on a Ph.D. in education at The University of San Francisco. She has published several poetry books and is featured in Who’s Who in Poetry.


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