Amplify, an Indigenous hiphoppa and member of the Edmonton-based hip hop group Unspittable, reflects over the three years the group has been together in the hour before a gig. Rich of intimate performances, Unspittable is an improvised ethno-fiction film immersing its audience into the reality of Indigenous hip hop in urban Canada.
Interview with filmmaker Michael B. MacDonald
Unspittable, by showcasing rap as a medium of expression and a lived contemporary indigenous testimony, brings to light the necessity of writing one’s own narrative. A touching film, full of passion and sincerity.
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Michael B. MacDonald is a cine-ethnomusicologist and associate professor of music in the MacEwan University Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His research areas include screen production research, ethnographic film theory, and ciné-ethnomusicology. Michael is the founder and programme chair of the MusCan Film Series, and is an active member of the International Council of Traditional Music Study Group on Audiovisual Ethnomusicology. He has published seven films and three books. He is currently working on a three year long cine-ethnomusicological project in Porto, Portugal, and two book-length projects called Cinéma Musicalité: the music-image films of Les Blank and CineWorlding: Posthumanism and Cine-ethnomusicology (Bloomsbury Press 2021).