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Dark City Beneath The Beat

Rhythmic and raw, Dark City Beneath The Beat is a Baltimore club musical experience highlighting local Baltimore club artists, djs, dancers and producers pioneering the sound while rising above social and economic turmoil. Inspired by an original Baltimore club music soundtrack, Dark City Beneath The Beat showcases Baltimore club music as a positive subculture in a city overshadowed by trauma, drugs and violence.

  • Tedra Wilson
    Director
  • Executive Producer Issa Rae
    Producer
  • Executive Producer Deniese Davis
    Producer
  • Executive Producer Rose DiFerdinando
    Producer
  • Astrid Curet
    Producer
  • Errigh Labo
    Key Cast
    "Uneek"
  • Marquis Gasque
    Key Cast
    "Mighty Mark"
  • Terry Wedington
    Key Cast
    "TSU Terry"
  • Tedra Wilson
    Key Cast
    "TT The Artist"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Musical, Dance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 5 minutes 11 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    85,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tedra Wilson

Tedra Wilson also known as TT The Artist, is a Florida native who found her creative identity in the streets of Baltimore. TT The Artist received her Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in video from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. During the summer of her senior year in college, she interned at MTV networks on air promos department in New York, NY. After graduating college she relocated from Baltimore to Brooklyn, NY, where she worked as an artist assistant to video and performance artist Kalup Linzy. While living in New York, she assisted fashion photographer Piper Carter with major campaigns involving media outlets Def Jam, Essence Magazine, King Magazine, and New York Fashion week. In 2008, she returned to Baltimore becoming a leading voice in the Baltimore creative scene. Her approach to filmmaking stems from DIY artists roots that lead her to directing her own music videos that would feature rising talent from Baltimore. Dark City Beneath The Beat is TT's first feature length production.

TT The Artist’s burst onto the Baltimore music scene and quickly gained local popularity through her self directed music videos, performances and hybrid style. She caught the ears and eyes of the CW network late night show
"Keepin It Real TV," producers and she was hired to host, produce and edit segments for the late night show. In addition to her television debut, she partnered up with a local rap group to produce a radio show called "Off The Edge" radio on am local radio in Baltimore. In 2011, TT The Artist was hired as a community arts coordinator by Child First Authority, a baltimore based nonprofit that provides after school art and stem programs to underserved inner city youth. During her time at Child First, she developed a video production program and also coordinated their annual student exhibit that showcased art, performances and video work by over 1,500 Baltimore city youth. Following her role at Child First, she was hired as a lead media instructor for a media based non-profit called Wide Angle Youth Media. Prior to becoming a full time musician and filmmaker she worked as a film teacher at the Baltimore Design school for students in 6th through 7th grade.

TT The Artist’s list of collaborators consist of some of the most influential pioneers in the music business. In 2013, she was featured on grammy award winning producer Diplo song “Dat A Freak” released on his popular record label Mad Decent. Two years later, The song would go on to be sampled by Jennifer Lopez for her single “Booty” featuring Iggy Azelea, landing TT her first songwriting credits on a major album.

She has been featured on Refinery29, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Fader, VICE, Noisey, Fact Magazine, and more! She was also highlighted on the Oxygen Network’s digital series In Progress, which features 52 outstanding women as well as listed on Oxygen’s top 10 female rappers to look out for. TT The Artist’s music has been placed on major tv networks and series such as HBO Insecure, Netflix original Nappily Every After and Step Sisters, Viceland, MTV, Comedy Central Broad City, Adult Swim Off The Air, Logan the film, ESPN and global commercials. Her self produced video “Gimme Yo Love,” was listed as “Best of Baltimore Music Video” by the Baltimore Sun in 2016. She was also voted 2 years consecutively as Baltimore’s City Paper “ Best Hip Hop Act.” TT The Artist treats each of her visual projects as if they were a painting, adding fresh elements layer by layer.

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Director Statement

My name is TT The Artist and my interests in exploring and documenting the Baltimore club dance and music culture phenomena has been an endless dream. I was introduced to club music in 2002, while attending the Maryland Institute College of art as an undergrad fine arts major. As a local recording artists that uses influences of club music in my own body of work I wanted to shed light on this very unique scene in Baltimore. When I examine the club community, I see a community that comes together to inspire young people who have not been forwarded opportunities to pursue their dreams. I see social barriers that leave underserved communities left out of the changing dynamics of inner city neighborhoods. Dark City Beneath The Beat is a unique journey through Baltimore. Some of the themes woven into the film include identifying social injustices that inner city youth face, street violence, marginalized groups such as the lgbtq community and Baltimore’s underground creative hubs.

I want to use this film as a window to those hidden figures who have defied the odds of growing up in Baltimore where there is the impact of trauma, high crime and drugs. In my practice, I work very closely with dancers and producers from all over the world. I am invested in using my resources and platform. As a leading figure in the local music scene I will be bringing more awareness to the need for professional spaces that can house more non traditional art making practices such as Baltimore club dance and music.

Over the years, the Baltimore club music sound has influenced major recording artists music such as Diplo, P. Diddy, Pharrell, Kanye West, Missy Elliot, M.I.A and more! However, the musical genre has yet to been recognized worldwide as a sound bred out of the streets of Baltimore. Today, more than ever Baltimore is building up a lot of buzz with it's local music scene post the 2015 Freddie Gray riots, where the people of Baltimore rioting over racial injustice where characterized as "Thugs" on major news and media networks. The visual aims to uplift that narrative of Baltimore’s public persona. I want to create a film that inspires and entertains people. I want the local artists to feel that they have something to believe in and be proud of coming out of their own city. Over the years, I have built strong relationships with the club community and now I am respected as a pioneer of the club movement.