Ghostride the Whip (film)

Infobox Film
name = Ghostride the Whip

caption = Official GhostRide the Whip Poster
executive_producer = Peter Spirer
producer = DJ Vlad
Peter Spirer
(Executive Producer)
director = DJ Vlad
writer = DJ Vlad
David Wilson
editing = David Wilson
Joel Rutkowski
cinematography = DJ Vlad
Jay Gira
Keith Gruchalla
Jeff Bollman
co-producer = Kelly Bevan
line producer = Joel Rutkowski
narrator = Sway
starring = MAC DRE
graphics = Buildestroy's Corey Shaw and Andrew Cleary
colorist = Matchframe's Kelly Reese
technical consultant = Bryson Jones
assistant editor = Joel Rutkowski
music = Various Artists
distributor = Image Entertainment
released = USA July 29, 2008
runtime = 86 minutes
country = USA
awards =
language = English
amg_id = 1:450499
imdb_id = 1213582

Ghostride the Whip is a documentary film, executive produced by Academy Award nominee Peter Spirer of Rugged Entertainment, that takes the viewer into the world of this phenomenon that started in San Francisco's bay area several years ago. At times, through a historical perspective, the film brings to light the elements and trends that may have been responsible for the origins of ghostriding. The documentary also explores the demographic that most appeals to this art form and the lifestyles of those that regularly participate in it.

In its most basic definition, ghostriding the whip involves a car in motion with no one operating it. The closest thing that can come to describing ghostriding the whip is perhaps the Chinese fire drill that was popular back in the 1950s. However, unlike the Chinese fire drill the car remains in motion with no urgency to get back into it. In fact, the driver and passengers will walk next to the car as it casually rolls down the street, with thumping music playing at extreme volumes as the riders participate in free-form dance within close proximity to the car. Often times the occupants of the vehicle will climb on the hood and roof, expressing themselves in dance high atop the automobile.

It appears that ghostriding is greatly influenced by the Hyphy (pronounced Hi-Fee) movement, also originating from the San Francisco bay area by former rap great Mac Dre. Hyphy, meaning "rambunctious," is yet another movement that has helped define the unique flavor of hip-hop in the bay area. Hyphy music is known for its gritty and pounding rhythms. Mac Dre is somewhat of a central character to the film, as he is considered to many as the forefather of a great many trends that had come out of the bay area during his rap reign. Things like Thizz, Hyphy, Ghostriding the Whipare all attributed to the rap star that sadly met his untimely demise in 2004 when he was murdered shortly after performing a show in Kansas City, Missouri. Even though Mac Dre's loss was a tragic one, his legacy lives on through the people that continue to carry on his memory like DJ Vlad, the director of Ghostride the Whip.


Shooting locations

East Bay, California.


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