Just in from the Chicago Tribune, Robert Teitel (the man behind the Barbershop series) is set to team up with notable names in Chicago’s club scene to realise a feature-length film on the city’s house music culture during the 70s and 80s. Inevitably, this conception is teamed with the godfather of Chicago house, Frankie Knuckles, as a protagonist.
Following Knuckles’ death last year, little has been done on a large scale to acknowledge the loss of one of dance music’s most valuable players. Many fans were left somewhat irked when a meagre tribute was paid to the death of an authentic name like Knuckles at the Grammys, after Clean Bandit had been awarded Best Dance Recording. But this film could be a step in the right direction.
Teitel told the Tribune that the movie will pay its respects to the life story of The Warehouse [the club where house music took root] owner Robert Williams, and the legacy of Knuckles’ timeless artistry. A true homage to a lifetime of work and game-changing music, and a fitting way to pay artistic tribute to the house that Knuckles built.