What if someone took Wu Tang Clan songs, handled them like modern day Shakespeare, and shot them like Tarantino?
This is Shaolin.
Tales From Shaolin is a short film anthology in development by 1193 Productions, LLC. that uses the solo works of Wu Tang Clan members as narrative inspiration. The first three pay homage to directors like Tarantino, but reflect up-and-coming filmmakers Louis A. Moore and J. Michael Neal’s unique vision.
Tales From Shaolin: Part One – Shakey Dog, the story of a darkly comical and blood-soaked heist gone wrong, was shot last Spring in Brooklyn. It stars Stephen Hill (of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, BlackCard, and upcoming Lewis & Clark miniseries as well as Marvel’s Luke Cage) as “Ghost”, Dominique Antonio Spencer (Broken Angels, The Infinitely Generous Francis Victus) as “Frank”, Clinton Lowe “Jamel” (Louie, The Hustle, American Gangster), and enigmatic hip hop mega-producer Megahertz (50 Cent, Nas, Jay-Z, RZA) as “God”. Stephen Hill and Jeremy Sample (Selma, 22 Jump Street, Master of None, Luke Cage) executive produce with original score by hip hop producer Jake Summers and Philly rapper Eno Noziroh.
In a collaboration between 1193 Productions, LLC. and Trademark Copyright Records, Jake and Eno also serve as executive producers on Music Inspired By Tales From Shaolin. The concept album will release via iTunes and Spotify on August 19th. It features five original songs production by Verny Mack and Summers himself, along with appearances by Eno, Human Being, Joe Swisher, SashaRae, and Karate Mal. One bonus track is being offered now, but any additional tracks recorded between now and the film’s release will be released to backers as they are mastered.
The crowdfunding campaign can be found here. We are almost at our goal and anticipate finishing production this Winter. There is a lot of buzz generating around this project and some big names starting to become attached. The world may be hearing a lot about Tales From Shaolin very soon, so start spreading the word now. Please contact us here with any questions or hit us up on social media. We’d love to hear from you.