Teitel, Dec Teaming Up for Feature
March 25, 2015 by Mike McNamara
A new feature film, THE WAREHOUSE, will celebrate the Godfather of House Music, Grammy Award winner Frankie Knuckles (1955-2014), and Chicago’s legendary Warehouse after-hours club, where the internationally recognized House Music genre was born. The film will be produced by BARBERSHOP producer Bob Teitel, Billy Dec (Rockit Ranch/Elston Films), Randy Crumpton (short film THE TRUTH) and Joe Shanahan (Metro/Smartbar/Double Door).
The film will pay tribute to the life story of The Warehouse owner Robert Williams and the legacy of Knuckles’ timeless artistry. Knuckles inspired a movement, transforming the music scene at Williams’ groundbreaking club The Warehouse, with Knuckles’ unique mix of pulsating rhythm and beats, combined with classic disco, soul, gospel and rock, creating modern dance music’s global DJ culture. Williams’ Warehouse, shortened to “House” by its followers, is where House Music got its name.
Teitel says, “Growing up in Chicago, I always knew about The Warehouse and its ties to house/dance music. What amazes me is what started as a fad in a small Chicago club in the late seventies has evolved into the biggest genre of music in the world.”
“Knuckles was a visionary,” says Crumpton. “He created more than rhythmic compositions; it was uplifting-spiritual-freedom music that helped to nurture an environment from which Chicago’s first black mayor was elected.”
Dec, who created Elston Films to produce more Chicago related movies, and will also act in the film, adds, “Most of the world doesn’t know that today’s club/music/dance culture was heavily influenced by the creation of House Music in Chicago and that story needs to be shared.”
To kick-off THE WAREHOUSE film production, the producers will host a launch party and Frankie Knuckles Foundation (FKF) Benefit at The Underground (56 W. Illinois St), at 6pm on Tuesday, March 31 (one year after Knuckles untimely passing). Tickets start at $20 and include a two hour cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception from 6 PM to 8 PM. Limited VIP tables are available. To purchase tickets, visit TheUndergroundChicago.com. 100% of ticket proceeds to benefit the FKF.
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.