Dubfire’s documentary film, Above Ground Level, is a 77-minute, forthcoming film charting his early beginnings to becoming one of the most influential music producers and DJs working today.
Giving a brief insight through the released Official trailer for the electronic music documentary film, its an inspiring story for one-half of the Grammy award-winning duo “Deep Dish”, Iranian-American Ali Shirazinia (aka ‘Dubfire’) whose story began in home country Iran, to later relocating with family to the United States where Dubfire discovered and ignited his passion for Electronic music.
The film chronicles Ali’s musical career from early days performing in local clubs in Washington, D.C to the challenges he faced on his journey to success. With candid interviews from family, childhood friends, industry peers, and fellow artists, such as Carl Cox, Chris Liebing, Svan Våth, Seth Troxler, Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin, and many others, it gives an intimate and honest look inside the world of dance music.
Above Ground Level is an insider’s look at Ali’s personal story, about pursuing passion, daring to dream big, to establishing himself as one of the world’s most successful DJs and producers.
Dubfire’s upcoming documentary, Dubfire: Above Ground Level, premiered at the Miami Film Festival last Wednesday night. The documentary showed the good and the less charming parts of his life. “A lot of DJ documentaries have a glossier perspective of what we do. I wanted a warts-and-all perspective”, Dubfire says after directors Michael Koczynski and Mino Kodama followed Dubfire around the Time Warp Festival for a short film, later suggesting they expand it to a full-length movie. But there was one condition: “I said whatever you do, don’t shoot a typical dance music documentary with all the clichés. I wanted to instead explore all the sacrifices that made in our crazy electronic music industry.”
Watch the trailer below and stay tuned for more details.
Dubfire immigrated to the United States nearly 40 years ago, when he was just 7 years old. The recent travel bans proposed by Trump make him feel outraged. “I live in DC and everyone is scratching their head on the travel ban. It’s bizarre. No Iranian has ever been involved in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Now my relatives can’t come to visit.”
Now that his relatives can’t come to the United States Dubfire isn’t planning to fly to Iran to visit them. He hasn’t visited his home country since he left in 1979. “It’s not a place I feel safe going to. They could target me as a musician, take my passport, and not let me leave the country. I believe in freedom of expression and there’re no clubs in Iran, no alcohol. It’s an Islamic Fundamentalist regime, but the people of Iran shouldn’t be punished by the actions of their government.”
The documentary tries to tell a distinct story that can easily be summarized in one sentence. “It’s about an immigrant chasing an American dream”, Dubfire concludes.
This film is also featured in the 2017 Film Festival’s Knight Documentary Achievement Award and Reel Music Film Categories.
Source: Miami New Times