In 1986 the hip-hop and NYC street culture documentary Big Fun in the Big Town was released for Dutch TV. However, it hasn’t been seen stateside in over 25 years. Finally it has been made available to the U.S through Stones Throw. Five Day Weekend has put out the DVD which features some of hip-hop’s most influential personas including Grandmaster Flash, RUN DMC, LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Russell Simmons, Doug E. Fresh and more. Get a peek into the documentary with the trailer below.Check out the trailer after the break.
Dutch filmmaker, journalist and rap fanatic Bram Van Splunteren stepped into the city for one intense week in 1986. He was armed with five things: a camera crew, a map, a deep respect for the hip-hop artform, a list of phone numbers, and a burning desire to get to the bottom of what this still-growing subculture was all about. By the time he left, he had the answers he needed, along with a treasure trove of golden video footage. Tragically, these images never returned from Europe, languishing in obscurity from hip-hop’s homeland for more than a quarter-century. Until now.
The Dutch director Bram Van Splunteren has been a noted music, arts and human-interest documentarian for more than two decades, known for feature films on The Red Hot Chili Peppers (“A Dutch Connection”) and Loudon Wainwright (“One Man Guy”), among many others. For more information, visit: www.bramvansplunteren.nl.