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In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making.

We all have our biases, which goes a long way to explaining our world. Here's one of mine: as a White, middle-aged dude who's lived in Colorado nearly all his life, rap music doesn't exactly do it for me. Give me The Dead, Steely Dan, U2, Counting Crows, Dylan or Pearl Jam, and I'm good. But rap music? No thank you. (Although Michael Franti and Spearhead go a long way for me, I don't think anyone would dare call that rap).

So, at last year's Sundance Film Festival, the film that everyone was talking about was Geremy Jasper's Patti Cake$. And wouldn't you know it, it was about rap music and a White woman from Jersey who was trying to bring her beats to life. So of course, being the biased person that I am, I stayed away from it, until every single person I talked to said it was their favorite film of the festival (including seventy-year-old homemakers and grandmothers)! So I took notice of the film, but in some kind of karmic payback, couldn't get a ticket to it. Patti Cake$ went on to become the darling of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for a lot of money by Fox Searchlight Pictures. 

Fast forward to this year where the film makes its Crested Butte premiere as part of the Crested Butte Film Festival's Monthly Film Series and plays at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, January 18th at 7 pm.

In this coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper, Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making. This first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper is set in gritty strip-mall suburbia and chronicles an underdog's quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats. So expand your horizons and don't miss out on this "must see" film. As someone with fairly closed musical tastes, I can say the music in this film (written by director Geremy Jasper) is outstanding and will have you singing the songs long after the film is over ("Ritz Cracker a go-go...")  

"An unambiguous joy" The New York Times calls it.  

$10 tickets sold at the door, in advance at the Center for the Arts, or online below.

PATTI CAKE$ Official Trailer