Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 9:15 PM
Film Info
Category:New Additions
Running Time:120
Director:Joseph Kahn
Jill Hardin
Adi Shankar
Paul Rosenberg
Screenwriter:Alex Larsen
Cinematographer:Matt Wise
Editor:Chancler Haynes
Cast:Calum Worthy
Jackie Long
Rory Uphold
Jonathan "Dumbfounded" Park
Print Source:Neon
Note Writer:Charles Dickey


Dissolving boundaries between the verbal and the visceral, Bodied is a kinetic, hilarious film set in the no-holds-barred arena of freestyle rap battles. When Berkeley graduate student Adam Merkin (Calum Worthy, American Vandal) stumbles into a rap battle victory following a chance meeting with Bay Area champ Behn Grym (Jackie Long, ATL), a linguistic superpower emerges from within his psyche. But with great rhymes come great responsibilities: Adam’s newfound skills help him climb the ranks of competition but threaten his life of privilege amongst his academic pals, girlfriend (Rory Uphold), and Gen X lit professor father (Anthony Michael Hall). Legendary music video director Joseph Kahn (from Wu-Tang Clan to Britney Spears) returns to feature filmmaking for the first time since his omni-genre marvel Detention with another sharp and unpredictable satire of pop and political cultures. Produced by Eminem and winner of awards at AFI Fest, Fantastic Fest, and the Toronto International Film Festival, Bodied is an entertaining journey to the world of weaponized words.

Additional Information

Joseph Kahn was born in Pusan, South Korea. After attending NYU Film School for a year, he dropped out to direct low budget music videos for gangster rappers. This lead to a celebrated twenty-five-year run that’s included hundreds of award-winning international commercials and billions of music video views. He has won multiple Grammys, MTV VMAs, Clios, Emmys, and honored with lifetime achievement (The Icon Award) by the UK Music Video Awards. Artists Kahn has directed videos for include Taylor Swift, Eminem, Britney Spears, Dr. Dre, Backstreet Boys, U2, Janet Jackson, George Michael, Wu-Tang Clan, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Shakira, and Rihanna. In 2011, his self-financed independent film starring Josh Hutcherson, Detention, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. It was bought by Sony Pictures and released in 2012 after winning multiple audience and jury awards at film festivals across the world. In 2015, he released Power/Rangers, a satirical self financed “fan film” starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff that exploded across the internet, gathering tens of millions of views in a single day and sparking global news coverage.