By Justin Krajeski | Indiewire September 7, 2012 at 8:32AM
"Reincarnated" -- directed by Vice magazine editor and first-time feature documentary filmmaker Andy Capper -- tells the true story of Snoop Dogg's divinely inspired trip to Jamaica and the effect that it had on the man he has become today. It world premieres tonight in Toronto.
Capper, a long-time fan of Snoop's work, sought muse in Dr. Dre and Fab Five Freddy's "Murder Was the Case," a 1994 short film that starred Snoop Dogg, among other documentaries -- such as Leon Gast's 1996 documentary, "When We Were Kings," and Jonas Mekas and Andrew Solt's Lennon-inspired "Gimme Some Truth". "Reincarnated" is meant to chart the artist's journey from dark to light: Snoop's evolution from a 'Dogg' to a 'Lion,' and the creation of a new record.
What the movie is really about: "Snoop's life story set against a real, personal transformation and an examination of American/Jamaican history and culture."
On what influenced his segue into the film industry: "DIY punk/skate culture/music/60s and 70s Hollywood, Spike, Vice, all inspired me greatly."
Despite what you may have heard, truckers are not your friends: "[The single biggest challenge we faced in developing the film was] driving through Jamaican jungles at 4 a.m. while a trucker tried to run us off of a mountain."
Anything else in the works? "Two big artists I can't reveal right now -- and "Swansea Love Story, Part 2"."
Indiewire invited select newcomers to the Toronto International Film Festival to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faces, and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses throughout TIFF. Go HERE to read other profiles.