Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton is about to see his first screenplay come to life. The film, "Babylon Central", will be released on 7/27 and the soundtrack from the film will be available on 7/19.
From a recent announcement:
Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation and ESL Music announce the July 27th release of their debut film Babylon Central, available digitally and at your favorite music store.
Early birds will be able to score a copy of Babylon Central’s Soundtrack on July 19th through Amazon.com’s “Deal of the Day.” The film will also be available through Amazon’s “Video on Demand” feature. A preorder of the physical release is available through ESL Music's shop page.
Babylon Central is a fictional story from the mind of Eric Hilton and developed into a screenplay by Hilton and Philip Hawken in 2006, debut for both. The film is about a courier by day and aspiring DJ by night who finds himself in an economic power play with a Saudi Prince after forgetting an important delivery.
Throughout the fall of 2006 and the first part of 2007 they used HVX cameras, a borrowed truck full of rental gear and called in every favor they could to create the footage for this independent film.
Over a period of approximately 50 shooting days that included scorching heat in Dupont Circle to freezing temperatures during a nighttime outdoor pool-shoot, the cast and crew of Babylon Central used the backdrop of Washington, DC as a main character in this film.
Upon the completion of principal shooting and over three terabytes of raw digital footage, Director of Photography Robin Bell worked with Hilton for nearly two years editing to create the final cut of the film.
The music component is also an unspoken film character. As music has been the driving creative force behind Hilton’s career with Thievery Corporation and ESL Music, he carefully selected 42 different songs for the inclusion in the film score. The result is an incredible 17-song soundtrack that includes rare, vintage, out-of print, and previously unreleased sonic gems selected by Eric Hilton.
Grooving fluidly across genres, the Babylon Central Soundtrack features must-have classics like “Leaving Babylon,” a smoky reggae excursion by DC hardcore punk luminaries Bad Brains, “Hang On In There,” a socially charged funk and soul epic by 70’s crooner Mike James Kirland, and “Coming From The Top,” the massive horn-punctuated break beat showstopper by Thievery Corporation.
For more information: www.babyloncentralfilm.com