NEW YORK — Palm Pictures will produce and distribute first-time screenwriter Paul Hirsch’s hip-hop story “Kool Herc’s Breakbeat.”
Sunmin Park (“The Others”) of Maxmedia is producing the project.
Hirsch’s script concerns a quest by music historian and DJ Max Welder to find the Holy Grail of hip-hop in the form of a rare record featuring the first breakbeat and ensure that it finds its way to a museum. The journey covers the popular music genre’s evolution from its Jamaican roots to the streets of New York.
“It’s a homage to the very first beat of hip-hop and the enormous commercial phenomenon that crosses cultural boundaries today,” said Park.
Palm’s deal on “Kool” was negotiated by Koh, exec Jose Martinez of Palm sister division Arthouse Films and Palm head of business affairs Mark Ragone.