(AllHipHop News) Last Friday's (November 15th) screening of the Ol' Dirty Bastard documentary Dirty Platinum at Brooklyn Academy of music went from a celebration of the life of one of the most celebrated figures in Hip Hop history to a near violent mess. During an interview with XXL, NuHo Film Festival's owner, Chris Kanik explains how the alleged greed of ODB's family is what kept the documentary from being screened.
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At the event, Kanik informed the packed crowd that the film would not be shown due to the lawyers of Ol' Dirty Bastard's estate filing a cease and desist order. However, in his interview, Kanik reveals that he knew of the cease and desist order a full day before the screening was supposed to happen and attributed its failure to ODB's family's "greed".
I thought everything was handled, and then 24 hours before the event, their lawyers contact us again and start spelling out all the money and damages. It’s an issue of plain and simple greed. It’s plain and simple greed. These people are not interested in enhancing the legacy of ODB, they’re more interested in putting up front money in their pockets.
According to Kanik, he was under the assumption that Raison Allah had secured all the rights for the documentary he brought to Kanik in March due to the fact that some of the documentation had the signature of Icelene Jones, ODB's widow on them. Kanik alleges that ODB's son, Young Dirty Bastard sent text messages to Kanik demanding $50,000 and a percentage of the DVD sales. Kanik offered the estate and ODB's family 25% of all the money made from the film and was allegedly never counter offered by the family.
The family has not issued a formal comment, countering Kanik's claims.