Babylon, the movie
which stars The Roots own Tariq Trotter, premiered at The Slamdance
Film festival in in the opening slot despite protests by the films
domestic distributor, Artisan Entertainment. the hip-hop love
story “Brooklyn Babylon” screened in the event’s prime slot
on Saturday anyway.
According to Artisan spokes people
the movie’s producer, Off Line Entertainment, was less than thrilled
that the film had been submitted to the Slamdance Film Festival
without their knowledge. Company representatives say the president
of Artisan, Amir Malin, felt the picture was weak and would be
rejected by the Hip-Hop market.
People who were in attendance said
that while the film was less than stellar, Mr. Trotter performed
beyond expectations and confirmed that should he want one, a long
acting career is ahead of him.