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Block Party -- A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.
Block Party -- Dave Chappelle invites the owners of his local convenience store to his block party.
Block Party -- Arthur and Cynthia Wood invite Dave Chappelle to rest his loins at the Broken Angel house.
Block Party -- Dave Chappelle provides beat box for a rapping waiter boasting about getting it "on the side."
Block Party -- Dave Chappelle philosophizes on the indisputable link between comedy and music and proves his point with Mos Def.

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Release Date:
3 March 2006 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You're invited to the party of the decade! See more »
Plot:
A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
fans and the artists and Chappelle forged a culture at this party, and this culture is infectious See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dave Chappelle ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erykah Badu ... Herself

Isaac ben Ayala ... Isaac ben Ayala
Bilal ... Himself (as Bilal Oliver)
Lil' Cease ... Himself - Bed-Stuy
Cody ChesnuTT ... Himself

Keyshia Cole ... Herself

Common ... Himself

Mos Def ... Himself
Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis ... Himself - The Fugees (as Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis)
Fugees ... Themselves
Alice Goguen ... Herself - Ohio
James 'Kamal' Gray ... Himself - The Roots
Fred Hampton Jr. ... Himself (as Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.)
Kool Herc ... Himself

Lauryn Hill ... Herself - The Fugees
Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard ... Himself - The Roots
Darren Hymes ... Himself - 'Mr. T.'

Wyclef Jean ... Himself - The Fugees

Big Daddy Kane ... Himself

Talib Kweli ... Himself

John Legend ... Himself

Martin Luther ... Himself
Pharoahe Monch ... Himself

Pras ... Himself - The Fugees (as Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel)
Dead Prez ... Themselves
Kool G. Rap ... Himself
The Roots ... Themselves

Jill Scott ... Herself

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Himself (as Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson)

Tariq Trotter ... Himself - The Roots (as Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter)

Kanye West ... Himself
Arthur Wood ... Himself
Cynthia Wood ... Herself
J. Cole ... Himself (uncredited)

Michel Gondry ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Silawn Lewis ... Herself (uncredited)

Tiffany Limos ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Michel Gondry 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Chappelle 

Produced by
Mustafa Abuelhija .... producer
Skot Bright .... executive producer
Dave Chappelle .... producer
Julie Fong .... producer
Marcienne Friesland .... segment producer: second unit, Ohio
Callum Greene .... co-producer
Robert Katz .... co-producer
Doug Levine .... executive producer
Greg Manocherian .... executive producer
Bob Yari .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cory Smith 
 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Buchanan 
Sarah Flack 
Jamie Kirkpatrick 
 
Production Design by
Lauri Faggioni 
 
Art Direction by
Pete Zumba 
 
Costume Design by
Whitney Kyles 
 
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... hair stylist (as Willie 'Cody' Armstrong)
Randy 'Bush' Brody .... hair production assistant
Randy 'Bush' Brody .... makeup production assistant
Francesca Buccellato .... makeup artist (as Francesca Buccellatto)
Mary Cooke .... key hair stylist (as Mary Cook)
Anita Gibson .... key makeup artist
Steve Hammond .... barber: Mr. Chappelle
Donyale McRae .... makeup artist: Mr. Chappelle
 
Production Management
Callum Greene .... production manager
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Samara Levenstein .... post-production supervisor
Janice Williams .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron D. Forste .... additional second assistant director
Sarah Rae Garrett .... second second assistant director
Amy Lynn .... second assistant director
Doug Torres .... first assistant director
Adam T. Weisinger .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Zach Baylin .... art production assistant
Maus Drechsler .... property master
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... leadman
Jeremy O'Keefe .... art production assistant
 
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer
Jeremy Balko .... adr recordist
Paul Bang .... sound mixer
Shaun Cunningham .... sound effects editor
Brent Findley .... assistant sound editor
Nick Hammond .... boom operator
Scott Hinkley .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Chad J. Hughes .... sound effects editor
Chris Kellet .... sound mixer
Cody King .... assistant sound editor
Richard Kitting .... foley editor
Jeff Livesey .... sound mixer
Brian Miksis .... sound mixer: A1
Andrew Morgado .... foley mixer
Bryan Pennington .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Vic Radulich .... sound editor
Mark Roy .... sound mixer
Gary Silver .... sound mixer
William Tzouris .... sound mixer
William Tzouris .... supervising sound mixer
David F. Van Slyke .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Gelles .... visual effects exective producer: & Company
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Agliata .... camera operator
Matt Balzarini .... second assistant camera
Lance Bangs .... camera operator
Lance Bangs .... director of photography: second unit
David E. Baron .... first assistant camera
Braden Belmonte .... first assistant camera
Ethan Borsuk .... assistant camera
Terrence Laron Burke .... grip
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
Carmen Cárdenas .... camera production assistant
Gregg de Domenico .... film loader
Jon Delgado .... additional gaffer
Robert DiGiacomo .... assistant camera
Chris Drechsler .... electrician
T.G. Firestone .... assistant camera
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Clay Liversidge .... lighting board operator
Clay Liversidge .... rigging gaffer
Adam Miller .... film loader
Chris Norr .... camera operator
Christopher Raymond .... assistant camera
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera
Chris Saddler .... camera production assistant
Debbie Stampfle .... assistant camera
Stephanie Zimmer .... camera production assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Whitney Kyles .... stylist: Mr. Chappelle
 
Editorial Department
Angela Beresford .... post-production coordinator
Jamie Kirkpatrick .... second editor
Scot Olive .... colorist
John Portnoy .... post-production executive
Charlie Wiel .... post-production coordinator
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
Alex Yalakidis .... assistant editor
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... additional music clearance
James Flatto .... music editor
Katherine Gordon Miller .... music assistant
Corey Smyth .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Raffi Adlan .... assistant: Mr. Gondry
Abby Bailey .... first assistant accountant
Daniela Barbosa .... production assistant
Elizabeth A. Bell .... vice president of business and legal affairs
Jonathan Bernier .... production assistant
Ben Biscotti .... audience producer
Scott Bowers .... production assistant
George Bunce .... 2K conform
Kenneth Chu .... production assistant
Li-Wei Chu .... assistant: Ms. Fong
Rob Crawford .... audience producer
Kat Donahue .... assistant location manager
Andrew Fiero .... production assistant
Melissa Gelernter .... travel coordinator
Kelli Gillam .... post-production accountant
Flax Glor .... publicist
Alice Goguen .... production assistant
Rick Gold .... assistant: Mr. Sacker (as Richard Gold)
Andrea Hanson .... assistant: Mr. Yari
Richard Kathlean .... assistant: Ellen Kuras
Camilla Lawlor .... assistant: Mr. Glasser
Matthew Mason .... set production assistant
Jason Messeri .... production assistant
Tony Muro .... publicist
Midori Nishijima .... assistant: Mr. Smyth
Nichole Patxot .... production assistant
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Jarin Rossiter .... assistant: Ms. Bell
Sally Steele .... publicist
Shelly Strong .... production executive
Daniel Stutz .... senior vice president of business and legal affairs (as Dan Stutz)
Amy R. Trachtman .... assistant production coordinator
Gayle Vangrofsky .... location manager
Ian Watermeier .... production executive
Deborah Wettstein .... finance executive
Whitney J. Willard .... production accountant
Todd Williams .... production executive
Catherine Zappa .... assistant: Mr. Stutz
 
Thanks
Betsy Beale .... the producers wish to thank
Neal Brennan .... thanks (as Neal)
Jean Lane .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Snyder .... the producers wish to thank
James 'Jay Dee' Yancey .... dedicatee (as J Dilla aka Jay Dee)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dave Chappelle's Block Party" - Canada (English title) (festival title), International (English title), USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
103 min | Canada:100 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The college marching band used is Central State University from Wilberforce, Ohio.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Dave Chappelle's main reason for holding the block party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was because, he says, that hip-hop originated there. However, hip-hop really originated in the South Bronx and spread to the other sections of New York soon afterward.See more »
Quotes:
Dave Chappelle:Attention, Huxtables, there is a block party down the street. Bring Yourselves. BRING YOURSELVES! And bring Rudy, Theo, and Denise.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kingdom of the Vampire (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
King of the GameSee more »

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21 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
fans and the artists and Chappelle forged a culture at this party, and this culture is infectious, 3 March 2006
Author: samseescinema from United States

Block Party

reviewed by Sam Osborn of www.samseescinema.com

rating: 3.5 out of 4

For a comeback, Dave Chappelle's got it right with Block Party. It isn't a concert film, but features a hefty amount of highlight performances. It also isn't a stand-up comedy, but Chappelle certainly spouts some smile-turning kickers. And Block Party isn't a documentary, but we're left with a sense of culture from the footage of interviews throughout. In truth, Block Party really isn't much of anything, but it's enough to mount dizzying entertainment with the flick of Michel Gondry's hand-held DV camera.

It surrounds the conception, pre-production, production, and post-production of Dave Chappelle's 2005 Brooklyn Block Party. The word "production" is used loosely here, not to connote images of agents frantically finding the rights to singers and their songs and the construction of the set and all the hoo-hah that goes into a major concert. No. By Pre-Production, I mean Dave Chappelle traveling back to hometown Dayton, Ohio to hand out the golden tickets to his fellow citizens. By Production, I mean watching some excellent musical performances on the corner of Downing and Quincy, in front of the Broken Angel warehouse, to the sound of 5,000 screaming fans. And by Post-Production, I mean watching Chappelle and his fellow performers speculate about the show afterwards.

But for all the linearity described here, Block Party doesn't have mind for structure. The film doesn't roll chronologically; instead, Block Party jumps around itself, sometimes going to Ohio, then back to rehearsal, jumping forward to a highlight performance, and then back to Brooklyn at a children's day care where the kids bounce frantically around Chappelle. Gondry worries less about documenting the actual party, opting instead to find an accessible method for the audience's entertainment. If the film was said to be trying hard at any one thing, it would be that Block Party really tries to keep from bogging itself down.

Chappelle himself does well to not hog the screen. In fact, if there was any one complaint, it would be that we don't see Chappelle enough. This is not "Chappelle's Show", after all. There are no skits, and only a few planned scenes of comedy. Mostly, we follow Chappelle around with a couple DV cameras and a boom mic as he explores Dayton and Brooklyn, speaking to their inhabitants and hearing their stories. But this isn't to say that Chappelle avoids humor. We all know Dave Chappelle's a funny man when he's not even trying. Believe me, there are many laughs to be had. The style digs down to why we loved Dave Chappelle in the first place. Seeing him walk around his hometown in a state of relative normalcy—without spotlights or producers and writers—offers Block Party a homegrown attitude. The music reflects this, showcasing artists that inhabit the quality of music, instead of the financial returns that go along with it.

And the music's great, too. Gondry does well not to overdose on it, aware that that the beats may grow tiresome for the anti-rap audience. He only showcases one or two songs at a time, jumping back to another Chappelle experience in between. But whether or not you're a regular fan of rap (I'm not), Block Party's music is sure to rouse some sort of reaction. The attitude and community behind the music is what makes it great. The fans and the artists and Chappelle forged a culture at this party, and this culture is infectious. At the theatre, much of the audience started dancing and moving to the music in their seats, some even raising their arms at the musicians' demand. And at it's heart, it's just about everyone—the fans, the artists, the theatre audience, and Chappelle—just having a good time.

-www.samseescinema.com

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