This past weekend at the Grammys, the late, great Frankie Knuckles represented dance music as part of the ceremony’s ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Almost one year after his death, the house music pioneer is receiving another fitting tribute.
As Red Eye Chicago reports, a film about house music is set to start filming next month in his adopted hometown of Chicago. The movie, titled The Warehouse, will revolve around Knuckles and the influential local venue for which the film was named. (The Warehouse is also how ‘house’ got its name.) A press release says that the film will honor both Knuckles’ work as well as the life of club owner Robert Williams.
The Warehouse will be co-produced by Billy Dec, Bob Teitel, Randy Crumpton and Joe Shanahan, owner of Chicago venues Metro and Smart Bar. As of yet, no casting decisions have been made, but production is scheduled to begin on March 31 with a launch party, and all proceeds made will go to the Frankie Knuckles Foundation – head here for tickets and more information.
“Growing up in Chicago, I always knew about The Warehouse and its ties to house/dance music,” Teitel said in a press release. “What amazes me is what started as a fad in a small Chicago club in the late seventies has evolved into the biggest genre of music in the world."