Fear of a Black Hat

Director: Rusty Cundieff
Screenwriters: Rusty Cundieff

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


Writer/Director Rusty Cundieff's mock documentary, in the spirit of This Is Spinal Tap, explores a year in the life of a rap band that will surely come to be known as one of rap's most notorious groups: N.W.H., or "Niggas with Hats." Band members Ice Cold, Tasty Taste and Tone Def speak candidly (sometimes a bit too much so) and allow us into their lives for a rarely glimpsed view of the rap world. Rap may never recover.

Journalist Nina Blackburn follows the group across the country on their "Itchy Dick" tour. In-depth interviews and live concert footage combine to reveal the men and the themes behind the rap. Controversies involving the group's views on misogyny (and the bitches and hoes they love), racism, violence, their seemingly obsessive use of profanity, and why they've been grossly misunderstood on songs such as "Kill Whitey" and "F___ the Security Guards" are probed along with other pressing political and social concerns.

Ultimately the movie provides rap fans with answers to lingering questions, such as: Why has everyone of their managers been killed? How is "the butt" like society? Is there a God? What is the meaning of Life?

Saturday Jan 23 Midnight
Egyptian Theatre

Saturday Jan 30 10:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre


Screening Details

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]