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Digging for Weldon Irvine.
United States, 111 min., Color, English
Digging for Weldon Irvine explores the enduring legacy of Weldon Irvine Jr., whose evocative artistic contribution drew appreciation from the likes of Freddie Hubbard and Nina Simone to Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def) and Q-Tip. Through previously unreleased audio and music from Irvine, and exclusive interviews with those closely associated with the composer, Director Victorious De Costa helps us understand the journey of an artist of moderate success yet monumental influence. Equally as important, how these two realities coexisted, leading up to his life’s tragic end.
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Victorious De Costa

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A first generation Brooklynite of South/Central-American heritage, Victorious De Costa has dedicated his life to providing social service locally, nationally, and abroad. An alumnus of Morehouse College, De Costa’s migration to mid-90’s Atlanta began his foray into entertainment as a DJ and record promoter. Victorious’ first full length documentary, Digging for Weldon Irvine, about a pioneer of Jazz- Fusion, focuses on the joint paradigms of Artist Identity & Mental Wellness. The film features Lalah Hathaway, Bobbito Garcia, Q-Tip and Jessica Care Moore and has been featured at the Doc’n Roll Film Festival (London,UK) Big Apple Film Festival (NYC), Sound Unseen (Minneapolis) and won Best Documentary at the Peachtree Village Film Fest (Atlanta). Simultaneously, he is a proud producer of Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, a documentary which was greenlit by HBO for an early 2020 release. Currently in preproduction is an authorized documentary about the legendary Four Tops. In development is L.A. Gold Rush, a TV Drama loosely based on the “Showtime” era of the Los Angeles Lakers. At the helm of the project is Habiba Alcindor, daughter of NBA Hall Of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is attached to the project. Victorious will continue to dedicate his stewardship to and passion for community through revolutionary love and art.
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