Palm pilots ‘Scratch’ pic

DJ docu receiving 'multilevel approach' in distrib'n

Palm Pictures/sputnik7 has acquired Doug Pray’s club DJ documentary “Scratch.” The pic will move through Palm’s theatrical and DVD-homevideo distribution, and sputnik7’s digital and Web distribution, as well as through the Palm music label.

Pic traces the birth of “turntablism” and many of the DJs that gave birth to the hip-hop movement including Q-Bert, DJ Shadow, MixMaster Mike and Cut Chemist.

“I’m thrilled that ‘Scratch’ will be distributed by a company who so fundamentally understands music and this subculture in particular,” said Pray. “Palm is planning a multilevel approach, from street level to DVD to full-on theatrical release and beyond.”

Deal was brokered by recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and company chairman Chris Blackwell along with Palm head of acquisitions and production David Koh, attorney Mark Ragone, producer’s rep Jeff Dowd, producer Brad Blondheim and attorney Irwin Rappaport.

Pray previously directed the documentary “Hype!,” which examined the movement behind Seattle’s grunge music.

The Palm release “Dark Days” garnered the 2000 Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. award for best documentary and is a competitor in Sunday’s Independent Spirit Award.

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