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CFF: hate5six Retrospective
Philadelphia, PA
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CFF: hate5six Retrospective
It began with an obsessive collecting of Rage Against the Machine VHS concert bootlegs and grew into a massive online DIY project focused on documenting and disseminating live footage of hardcore/punk bands worldwide. hate5six.com has been the brainchild of Sunny Singh, a Philadelphia transplant from NJ who, to date, has filmed over 1400 live performances of bands and shared them online since officially launching in 2008. The project stands for the redistribution of high-quality live music videos in as much of an anti-capitalist framework as realistically allowable. At its crux, music is the communication of ideas through rhythm and sound. The introduction of money into the equation invariably obscures that connection. In an era when the turnover rate in the community is staggeringly high, the site serves as a vehicle for preservation and posterity. Institutional memory is key in any setting, and hardcore is no exception. A band's live performance tells a story about a particular moment in time relative to a particular audience. The intention here is to share that story with people who could not be there to experience it, both physically and temporally, or with those who have no conception of what hardcore is.

Without an audience, a band is just sending acoustic vibrations into an empty room. Without a band, bodies are just standing catatonically in a room waiting for inspiration or some other activation of the senses. This interface between the two defines an impassable gap between seeing a live show in the flesh and watching a two dimensional projection of said show on a screen. They can never be equivalent, but there are ways to construct a bridge that attempts to close that gap. The retelling of these narratives through a medium that provides everyone with equal access is the sole mission of hate5six.com.

As part of Cinedelphia 2015, Sunny will be speaking about the path that brought him to this DIY project, the ethics/aesthetic he strives to maintain in the presentation of his work, and he will showcase some of his favorite clips and moments with commentary. The program will conclude with a panel discussion on the importance of documenting both live music and communities in general.

Presented by Cinepunx.

Cinedelphia Film Festival
April 9-25, 2015

531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123


PhilaMOCA (View)
531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
United States



Owner: PhilaMOCA
On BPT Since: Jun 18, 2012
Eric Bresler

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