As issues (and laws) of intolerance and homophobia continue to shadow our society, DJ Lady D and resident Black Cinema House Film Fellow Marco G. Ferrari will co-present Gene Graham’s film The Godfather of Disco. A film that celebrates the history and relevance of House Music as an art form that provides a platform for inclusion, creativity, and connection. Following the screening we will continue this message and open up the space as a dance floor where Lady D will graciously spin records and Marco will mix live video projections. This screening is part of Thursday Free Form, a series organized by Marco G. Ferrari that presents screenings, performances and discussions which revolve around artists that push conventions, works that draw out themes tied to urban development, and performances that mix live image and sound.
Pioneer. Activist. Survivor. The Godfather of Disco is a documentary based on Mel Cheren’s autobiography, My Life and the Paradise Garage: Keep on Dancin’. Through a series of interviews with a whos who of the dance music community, Mel’s extraordinary story is recounted. From his beginnings in Boston to his first job at a record label in New York City. From the origins of Disco to its peak in the late 70s to its inevitable crash and the onslaught of HIV/AIDS, Mel was there. He turned his pain into power by using the music he loved most as a weapon in the fight against AIDS. Today, Mel continues to fight AIDS, intolerance, and homophobia through the power of music. Mel has seen it all, done it all, lived to tell the tale and continues to do it all. Mel Cheren is The Godfather of Disco. Synopsis from IMDB. (2007, 82 mins, DVD).
DJ Lady D is a Chicago based DJ and has played nationally and internationally since 1995. Her appeal is diverse; she has performed versatile sets of house, techno and disco for fan-filled and celebrity events in North America, Europe, Asia and Russia. Her now classic CD, “Naked Kaleidoscope”, put her on the map in addition to producing, remixing and supervising music while at Afterhours Music. Lady D has managed her own record label D’lectable Music since 2004. Her career also encompasses writing & presenting in print (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine) and broadcast (Chicago Public Radio, Galaxy 100, WGN, WYCC) media. Currently, she remains focused on studio work and an upcoming tour (2015) celebrating 20 years of djing. She is also a resident DJ appearing on the 101WKQX FM’s popular Saturday night mix show, “Electric Playground” along with names like Morgan Page, Green Velvet and others.