Keep Movin’ On: A Portrait of Vinnie Paz (Part 1 of 3)

The imaginative collaboration between Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz and longtime CKY/Jackass/Viva La Bam/Bam’s Unholy Union accomplice Joe Frantz team up once again to present viewers with a rare and in-depth look into the mind of Mr. Paz, through a behind-the-scenes experience of Vinnie’s latest video: “Keep Movin’ On (featuring Shara Worden).”

“Keep Movin’ On” features a unique cast of stars, including Philadelphia icon Tony Luke Jr. (producer, star of The Nail and Invincible), Scott Vogel (lead singer of the legendary hardcore band Terror) and the stunning Gina Lynn (the “Julia Roberts” of the adult film world). “Keep Movin’ On” tells the story of struggle; both lyrically and visually, in three separate vignettes. Tony Luke Jr. plays the part of a down-and-out factory worker losing his luck, his job and his home, while Vogel portrays a U.S. Marine and Iraq veteran mourning the loss of his leg and his faith in the ideals for which he served. Adult superstar Gina Lynn plays Vogel’s hometown girlfriend, and featured vocalist Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) appears as a hauntingly melodic chanteuse, garbed in the grainy costume of an early 20th century vamp.

In this new feature, rapper Vinnie Paz is seen like never before. Frantz eschews the typical “behind the scenes” formula in favor of bringing the viewer into Paz’s world. We are treated to the sights and sounds of Vinnie in his element: training with a heavy bag in a dingy basement gym, at the bar with his fam, throughout the streets of his hometown. Throughout the footage there are spots of unexpected humor interspersed with serious discourse on the nature of inspiration. This “Behind-The-Scenes/Reality Feature” does not skimp on the presence of its stars Tony Luke Jr., Scott Vogel, and Gina Lynn, who add personality, humor, and insight. The persona and music of Shara Worden are explored, as is her friendship and collaboration with Paz. And yes, director Joe Frantz provides his obligatory Jackass-esque behind-the-scenes pranks, antics, and stunts (just wait ’til you see what Scott Vogel went through to make his cameo role come to life!).

Frantz, know for his innovative technique and flawless eye, has also served as both producer and cinematographer for all of the classic Bam Margera music videos (HIM, CKY, Clutch, Viking Skull, The 69 Eyes, etc.) and subsequent reality/making-of features which have sculpted the face of the alternative European music scene for the past decade. Utilizing a mixed media technique, Frantz has created a hybrid of slick-looking hi-definition, grainy super-8 film, 16-millimeter motion picture stock and still photos (not to mention archival footage of Vinnie shot on video formats long forgotten).

This feature creates a multi-tiered presentation of artistry and the philosophy of creation. Playing out more like a documentary than an actual “making of” video, Frantz and Paz tell more than just the story of how a single video was shot. Through an amazing blending of past, present and future, the story of one of Hip Hop’s most respected artists is told.

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