Exclusive: Big Pun & Twista Docs Heat Up For Summer Takeover

Sunday, Jun 5, 2011 9:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Late rapper Big Pun and Chicago emcee Twista's recent film documentaries, The Legacy and Mr. Immortality, are headed to a screen near you next month courtesy of a popular Video-On-Demand company, SOHH has learned.

Film director Vlad Yudin gave SOHH the head's up regarding his documentaries' merger deal with Cinetic Rights Management (CRM)/FilmBuff.

"I am happy to work with Cinetic and deliver both films to a larger audience," Vlad told SOHH via a statement. "On Demand will reach more people than a standard Home Video release and satisfy music and documentary fans." (SOHH)

Both films are scheduled to premiere on July 5th via outlets including iTunes, Amazon and X-Box 360.

FilmBuff, a digital entertainment curation service offered by Cinetic Rights Management (CRM), announced that documentaries on hip hop luminaries Twista and Big Pun will be made available on video-on-demand platforms in July. Mr. Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista and Big Pun: The Legacy were directed by Vlad Yudin and produced by Edwin Mejia co-founders of emerging independent production house Vladar Company. Founded in 2007, FilmBuff has quickly become a leader in innovative digital distribution for independent film content. FilmBuff?s curated library spans genres and includes a variety of music- themed films like Before the Music Dies, This Movie Is Broken, and Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields. (Press Release)

Last January, director Vlad Yudin hit up SOHH to discuss the making of Twista's Mr. Immortality.

"Another big reason why we wanted to make the film was to show what's going on in Chicago right now as far as the violence. There's a lot of problems over there and I think the video discusses it and we talk about what's really going on. We try to tackle that issue and that's another big reason why people should check out the film. I think the media and the news shows a little bit but we talk about it and try to analyze what's really going on." (5 Reasons Why You Should Buy...)

During last year's re-release of Big Pun: The Legacy, Yudin gave SOHH some insight on why fans would want to pick up a copy.

"Besides Big Pun, of course the film features great [guest appearances]. People who truly love Big Pun and his art, such as Xzibit, Chuck D, Cypress Hill, Jim Jones, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Raekwon, Swizz Beatz and many more. It also features cameos by artists that people never expected to see, such as Redman, Mic Geronimo, DMX, Royal Flush, Drag On, Rosie Perez etc... All have contributed a lot to this project by telling compelling and personal stories about Pun. The special edition features a "Lost Files" segment in special features section, which contains scenes that did not make the film. There was so much footage shot for this film, that we could not simply fit it all in. Now you can see it all when you buy this special edition DVD." (5 Reasons Why You Should Buy...)

Both films will be available Tuesday, July 5th via www.filmbuffondemand.com

Check out some footage from the Big Pun: The Legacy documentary below:

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