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For over thirty years, the sound of the DMV has been Go-Go music. No amount of negative press, associations with sex, violence and the street life have been able to squash this musical movement.
Now filmmaker K. Dene’ Mitchell has set out to uncover the love affair Washingtonians have with the Go-Go.
Generations of Go-Go is an hour long documentary look as this important but under promoted genre of music. The real story of Go-Go is in the people who love to listen to it, dance to it, and the artists who have kept the beat alive. The film will also explore the impact Go-Go has had on youth culture, its profound relationship to gender identity, and its bitter sweet evolution amidst economic and political changes in the City.
K. Dene Mitchell
K. Dene’ Mitchell was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation from high school in 1996 Dene’ was determined, to succeed and expand her knowledge of the world. The inspiration to become a documentary filmmaker grew from her interest in historical events, social and cultural movements. She graduated from Montgomery College and Howard University, where she learned the basics of television and film production. Classes in scriptwriting, directing, cinematography and film history gave her the groundwork to produce several short films and scripts. She received her master’s from Chapman University, where she learned editing techniques and increased her knowledge of directing and producing. Dene’s documentary titled “Too Black & Blue” won best short documentary at the Urban Media Makers Film Festival. “Too Black & Blue” details the second-class citizenship residents of Washington, D.C. endure. Residents pay federal taxes as do the rest of Americans; only D.C. residents have no representation in Congress.