The Detroit Techno documentary God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines will be screened as a rough cut at the Freep Film Festival, according to Detroit Metro Times.
The film focusing on the narrative arc of the black artists who founded the genre in Detroit – Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes, Blake Baxter, and Santonio Echols among them – will be screened on Saturday April 13 2019 at 8pm at the Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtamck, Michigan.
The film was financed partially through Kickstarter and became something of a viral phenomenon afterward. According to the producers:
Techno became an overnight sensation and so did Juan, Kevin, and Derrick. But it didn’t happen for the rest. When the money entered the picture, friendships were broken leaving them fractured as a group with no collective bargaining power in the music business. With no knowledge of publishing and licensing, Blake, Eddie and Santonio, whose contributions went largely unrecognized and uncompensated, were left in a state of heartbreak and despair to this day.
Photo: God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines, Kickstarter.