Wicked Wednesday (the documentary)

In Portland, Oregon, a city not historically associated with a thriving hip-hop scene, DJ Wicked has been hosting a weekly celebration of all things hip-hop for 20 years running. This documentary film delves deep into the local event that has stood the test of time, hearing from long-time fans and friends about what makes Wicked Wednesday so durable, so unique, and so beloved.

Kicking off with Wicked Wednesday’s 19th anniversary party, the film taps into the soul of the event that has become the de facto heart of the Portland hip-hop community. By turns a DJ showcase, performance venue, open mic night, graffiti art collective, DJ school, community gathering place, and much more, Wicked Wednesday serves as Portland’s weekly love letter to hip-hop.

The venue may change over the course of 20 years (and twice during the film), but the enduring identity and emotion attached to Wicked Wednesday is evident in interviews with both longtime collaborators and recent admirers alike.

While the patrons will agree that the feeling for and attachment to the music and the culture is heartfelt and strong, all will point out that Wicked Wednesday’s survival is owed to the will and dedication of the one man who has carried it through two decades and beyond.

  • Andy Ridgway
    Director
  • Andy Ridgway
    Producer
  • Kirk Kirkpatrick
    Producer
  • Andy Ridgway
    Music By
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    59 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    968 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Local Screening
    Portland, OR
    United States
    November 22, 2017
    Premiere
Director Biography - Andy Ridgway

-First time filmmaker!-
After brief schooling in photography, audio, and TV production, the creative field was put on hold for about a decade. But when a film/video opportunity or two popped up in 2016, the time felt right to dip a toe back in. Still more of a student than a practitioner.

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Director Statement

Here's the very definition of an indie production! I was a one-man-band for nearly every part of this movie, from the audio to the lighting to the editing and even the music.

Luckily, I was driven by passion for the story and the subject matter. This project attracted me because it's not just a chronicle of a local weekly event. It's a deeper story about a city, about a global subculture, and most of all, about the passion and dedication of the people involved.