A vibrant and nostalgic music documentary that showcases the beginnings of techno music and how Detroit, Michigan was the creative and cultural hub for the creation and development of these beats. This lively exploration takes viewers from Detroit to Chicago to London and Berlin, tracing techno's origins in the African American, and not the German, community. Focusing on the talent of a group of young Black artists, God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines is a compelling, rarely showcased history of mismanaged success, damaged friendships, ascendant beats, and raw inspiration.
Producers Jennifer Washington and David Grandison, and director Kristian Hill, shine a light on these young visionaries: Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Sauderson, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, and Santonio Echols, whose innovation and artistry eventually became one of the most celebrated and profitable genres in the world.--Dan Hunt
After the Premiere Screening: A special performance by Inner City and Blake Baxter.
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Motor City native Kristian R. Hill is celebrated and respected as one of Detroit’s most talented creative professionals. Excelling as a filmmaker, videographer and rising director with more than 20 years of experience in the business, Kristian has long cast his own distinct glow in the Film, Video and Entertainment industries.