A Tribe Called Quest documentary gets national release dates, but you’ll have to drive to Miami to see it

A Tribe Called Quest has a special place in the hearts of older Hip-Hop fans, and while many of us surely experienced many of life’s milestones with Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White in the background, actor turned director Michael Rappaport turned his love for the group into a documentary.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: Travels of A Tribe Called Quest debuted at Sundance in February and gets the Tribeca treatment tonight, but Consequence of Sound has pointed out that the flick is being released nationwide in over 34 markets starting on July 8.  The only problem is you’re going to have to drive down to Miami to see it. Since the hip-hop doc’s only Sunshine State screenings are happening at South Beach’s Regal Cinemas starting on August 5.

Now I’m all about road trips and certainly don’t have any problems with Miami’s music scene,  (Hell, one of my favorite songs of late is an ANR remix of Rachel Goodrich’s “Lightbulb”) but why the hell can’t the Bay area get one of these music-related documentaries in its theaters?  Is it because no one shows up to baseball games, or is it the sad fact that promoters still have a hard time selling tickets to shows despite booking top quality talent at local venues?

Calls to local movie theaters haven’t been returned, and emails to national theater chains haven’t received responses, so I guess it’s Miami or flea market bootlegs.  Who wants to drive?