The Last Year of Darkness
Ben Mullinkosson | China, US | 95
As the city of Chengdu changes, the future of beloved club Funky Town is unclear. For a vibrant group of DJs, drag performers, lovers, ravers, and skaters this is a sanctuary for underground partying and allows them to thrive after the sun sets. It’s the one place that accepts them for who they really are, whilst they run away from their problems during the day.With construction cranes looming from an encroaching metro station, the friends are forced to face what brought them to the party in the first place and make the most of their remaining time there. The Last Year of Darkness is a coming-of-age film that celebrates the ephemerality of youth—from love to loss, from throwing up to growing up.
Darkle, one of the protagonists of the award-winning film The Last Year of Darkness is the resident DJ of TAG—the premiere techno club of China. At TAG, Darkle has a reputation of being Chengdu’s top raver. He wakes up at sunset and goes to bed at sunrise. On any given night, you can catch Darkle on the dance floor, full of big positive energy. After joining 33Studio, Darkle elevated his raving dreams in order to share vibes with the world. Recently, he fell in love with Leftfield, Breaks, Trance, supplemented by Ghettotech, and Electro commotion additives. He also is co-founder with Kimberly of the iconic party label Charlie’s Angels, and now has DJed all over China as well as in Europe and the US. His set is guaranteed to make you horny; hope you're ready to cum, babe.
Gamma Vibes is a New York based DJ, Vibraphonist, and electronic producer, from Korea. Gamma Vibes had her first exposure to music when she started learning the piano at five. She developed a passion for percussion at fifteen and then became fascinated with playing Jazz Vibraphone, then, in 2011 she graduated from Berklee College of Music.Throughout 2021 and 2022 Gamma Vibes has performed K-pop at The Lincoln Center presented by Korean Cultural Center. January 2022, she debuted inside the Metaverse for Samsung’s “837x” grand opening. She performed Live at the South by South West music festival 2022. She has been a guest DJ at many of New York’s hottest clubs and parties including Elsewhere Brooklyn, Sonic Jungle, and Resolute NYC.Early in her musical career, she performed with the Mika Stoltzman group, including legendary artists such as two-time GRAMMY award winner Richard Stoltzman, two-time Latin GRAMMY award-winner Eddie Gomez, legendary drummer Steve Gadd at Carnegie Hall, and the Rockport Music Festival in 2012. Gamma Vibes has released three singles including the latest track “Brooklyn Nights”, using the rare electronic vibraphone, partnered with contemporary synthesis equipment, Gamma delivers organic originality to every performance.
Live Music from Gamma Vibes
Q&A with filmmaker Ben Mullinkosson
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