Last year, Little Brother fans were first teased with a trailer for the group’s new documentary May The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story. Today (11/1/2023), the group finally announced premiere dates for the film in five U.S. cities. LB’s Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh are set to hos free screenings for fans in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York.
The full list of dates and registration info:
11/9 @ Eaton DC in Washington, DC
11/10 @ Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, GA
11/12 @ Cinemark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in Los Angeles, CA
11/15 @ New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York, NY
11/16 @ Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC All of the film screenings are free and open to the public. Space is very limited, so be sure to register early.
Fans can make a donation to the film via the Southern Documentary Fund here.
MORE ABOUT THE FILM:
May The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story follows the rise, breakup, and reunion of Little Brother, the critically acclaimed and widely influential Hip-Hop group from Durham, North Carolina. A music documentary in the tradition of films like Beats Rhymes & Life, Zappa, or 20 Feet From Stardom, May the Lord Watch details the vast impact of the preeminent 2000s group, composed of rappers Phonte, Big Pooh and (formerly) producer 9th Wonder.
The heart of the documentary lies in the unraveling and reconciliation between members Phonte and Big Pooh. Their relationship begins in the wake of their challenging upbringings in the South, strains while coming of age together in the music industry, and resolves with an enduring friendship, as the two men reunite and record their 2019 album May the Lord Watch. Told through never before seen archival footage, contemporary vérité scenes, and interviews from the group’s members, peers, and family, the film’s story unfolds in intimate detail under the framework of a ‘UBN Made-for-TV Documentary’, riffing on the fictional UBN Network created through comedy sketches on Little Brother albums.
Directed by filmmaker Holland ‘vacay’ Gallagher and written by ‘Yoh’ Phillips (of Rap documentary studio ‘Rap Portraits’), the film includes a notable list of Hip-Hop’s most influential people – from Questlove and DJ Drama, to cultural critics, industry execs, and more.
“When you meet someone at the Uber line at LAX rarely does it coalesce into a years-long, soul-searching and feature-length-documentary-creating endeavor, but so it happened with Phonte and I in 2018. Four years, two scrapped cuts, and a pandemic later, we’re rounding the corner on completing the project that will tell the Little Brother story once and for all. I don’t take that responsibility lightly and I hope our film reflects that.” – Holland Randolph Gallagher