THIS IS THE LIFE … (New L.A. Underground Docu)


In 1989, a collective of young artists gathered at a storefront health food cafe in South Central LA. Their mandate? To explore and expand the musical boundaries of hip hop.

THIS IS THE LIFE is a feature-length documentary that chronicles “The Good Life” emcees, the alternative music movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the artform.

Featuring new interviews with: Myka Nyne and PEACE of Freestyle Fellowship, Chali2na and Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5, NgaFsh, Riddlore, Tray-Loc & Wreckless of CVE, Abstract Rude and Zulu Butterfly of ATU, Ellay Khule of Hip Hop Klan, Medusa of S.I.N, Born Allah, Ganjah K, FatJack, JMD, Omid, Pigeon John, 2Mex of OMD, Jyant & Eve of Figures of Speech, T-Love of Urban Props, Sheena Lester & B+ of Rappages, Mear One, Mike Nardone of KXLU’s We Came From Beyond, Garth Trinidad of KCRW’s Chocolate City, Monalisa Murray, Jah Orah, Hines, Busdriver, Monique Matthews, Keen and B. Hall & R. Kain Blaze, co-founders of The Good Life.

Directed by Ava DuVernay

Produced By: Ava DuVernay and Ellene V. Miles, Producers: Omid Walizadeh and Isaac Klotz, Director of Photography: Isaac Klotz, Music Supervisor: Omid Walizadeh, Editors: Krishna Devine and Spencer Averick.

Coming to a Film Festival Near You in 2008



THIS IS THE LIFE will celebrate its World Premiere at the 2008 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 9 at 8PM.

The screening will take place at the Magic Johnson Theaters on Crenshaw, just blocks from the site of the original Good Life Cafe.

Tickets will be available online next week at