We had Shomari Smith on the show this episode and we are quite pleased we did. Smith is the director of “Til Infinity” a documentary on the Souls of Mischief and the 20th anniversary of ‘93 Til Infinity, the classic hip hop album. We were pleased to learn a lot more about him and his various artistic talents in addition to filmmaking.
It was fascinating hearing some old Hiero and Souls of Mischief stories from someone who has been so close to the group for so many years, but still being an outsider of sorts. Watching the group grow and evolve from such a close proximity while continuing to build and develop his own craft as an artist himself. We learned just how his relationship and previous work lead up to the decision to create a film about Souls of Mischief. He had some great stories from when they performed the album in its entirety for the first time at Rock the Bells; a show our own BNos also experienced. His “Quest for ?uestlove” story was also a great look at how hard it can be to get access to certain artists.
Smith leaves us with just where the film stands and his plans and idea for a mass release and distribution. It was unclear if this would be a theatrically released film, but after screening it for a small crowd in Oakland recently, theres no question that Til Infinity can and should be seen on a big screen. He’s got an Indigogo campaign right now to help with the post-production and licenses costs.