Stephen Gaines is the father of 3 young black boys growing up in Oakland, CA. But he is publically known as Zumbi, frontman of the prolific underground hip hop duo “Zion I”. In this intimate portrait and performance piece, Zumbi reflects on his legacy and the critical importance of integrity vs. mainstream success.
The second film in the “Boombox Collection”, a series of portrait and performance films on the "working class" pioneers of hip hop.
Production Company: Even/Odd
Directed by: Mohammad Gorjestani
Produced by: Malcolm Pullinger
Director of Photography: Mike Gioulakis
Editor: Carson Porter
Steadicam Operator: Stew Cantrell
Location Sound: Max Hirtenstein
Sound Design & Mix: Joel Raabe
Production Assistant: Reza Tabesh, Rachael Gorjestani, Shervin Nakhjavani, Antonio Stroughter
Consulting Editor: Ashley Rodholm
Associate Producer: Pedro Javier Hill