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Kaplan ’83 at Sundance

Documentary Executive Producer David Kaplan ’83 attended this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, for the showing of “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.” Kaplan, the founder of PureSolo, a music entertainment business based in the UK, was an executive producer on the film.

The Sundance Film Festival’s film guide describes “Something from Nothing” as “visually luscious and drenched with the big beats of classic cuts and freestyle rhyming by some of the masters of the music.”  

In the performance documentary about hip-hop, viewers are lead by Ice-T on a nationwide tour to get inside the minds of rap legends.  “The practitioner/filmmaker, with codirector Andy Baybutt, takes us on a personal journey into the asphalt roots of the music that saved his life,” the film guide adds.

Among the hip-hop stars included in the film are: Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Nas, Mos Def, Eminem, Chuck D, KRS-One, Run-DMC, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg.

“What a great ride this has been and with Ice-T and Andy Baybutt directing. Any music lovers – or simply those intrigued by the art, you must keep an eye out for this one,” Kaplan posted to Facebook from the festival.

Kaplan graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in psychology. While a student, he was on the Dean’s List, a representative of the Hobart Student Association and was involved with the student phonathon.