Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired World Rights to Gerald “Gee-Bee” Barclay’s nostalgic, hip-hop documentary “WU: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan.”
Breaking Glass acquired World Rights to the film in February in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and director Gerald “Gee-Bee” Barclay of Gee-Bee Productions. Breaking Glass is planning the re-release of the film on all major North American SVOD platforms July 25, 2017.
“WU: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan” will reach VOD platforms just in time for the 20th anniversary of the iconic album, “Wu-Tang Forever”; an album that’s been called one of the greatest hip-hop LPs of all time, and which earned the group the title of musical revolutionaries.
“WU: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan” begins in the summer of 1993, when the Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the slums of Staten Island, NY and took the hip-hop world by storm. Their legacy spanned over a decade, selling more than 20 million albums. Their talents brought them success and their music made them legends. This is their story…
The film is directed and narrated by Gerald K. Barclay. Professionally known as Gee-Bee, Barclay settled in New York after fleeing the devastating civil war in his home country of Liberia. He gained early filmmaking experience on Abel Ferrara’s “King Of New York”, Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” before enrolling into a mentorship under Emmy award-winning filmmaker Tony Lover at Liberty Studios. Barclay later formed Gee-Bee Productions and went on to helm hundreds of music videos for artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Master P., Snoop Dogg, Bounty Killa, Mystikal, Pig Pun, Ill & Al Skratch and The Gap Band. Barclay’s first feature film, “Bloody Streetz”, is a gritty urban thriller that won critical praise and a Vision Award at the 2002 Pan African Film. In 2001, Gee-Bee directed the visionary and critically-acclaimed feature length documentary, “Liberia: The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here”. His more recent works include the award-winning short film entitled; “The Bully”, as well as “Liberia Will Rise”, the sequel to “The Love of Liberty”. Barclay is currently working on an autobiography chronicling over 30 years with the Wu-Tang Clan, entitled “Shooting the Clan” and co-authored by Gerlach-Petrovic.
“I met the members of the Wu-Tang Clan in the summer of 1983, and, during that time, we managed to forge a very strong creative relationship”, said director Gerald “Gee-Bee” Barclay. “From ‘36 Chambers’ to ‘Wu-Tang Forever’, I am honored to capture many of those moments on film to memorialize one of the greatest hip-hop groups in history.”
“As a longtime fan of the Wu-Tang Clan’s music, it is a great pleasure to bring this origin story to the digital space for audiences to view”, said Michael Repsch, VP of Sales & Distribution at Breaking Glass. “We are proud to have this enlightening piece, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of their legendary album Wu-Tang Forever!”