SubBerlin: Story of Tresor Club


SubBerlin is the story of one of the world's most legendary clubs retold by its protagonists: Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Mr. C, DJ Rush, Mark Reeder, Dr. Motte, Josh Wink, Chris Liebing, Regina Baer, Johnnie Stieler, Sven Väth, and of course, club-founder Dimitri Hegemann, as well as countless other regulars, DJs and clubbers alike -- gripping images and authentic voices entangled to retell this breathtaking story -- combined with the frantic sounds of a restless youth finding itself in a state of new-found freedom. The years that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall were marked by new-found freedom, chaos, change, and a rush of collective ecstasy. Authorities had more important things to do than controlling the uprising electronic music scene's activities, and in an ever-changing environment in the post-Communist part of Berlin, this absence of law and control would lay the foundation of a new movement, sound, and form of expression. Suddenly, there was a small crowd gathering for the first ever Love Parade, and this was only the beginning. In the late '80s, Hegemann ran UFO, an acid house club in West Berlin until its closure in 1990. Looking for new adventurous backdrops for the new-found proto-techno sounds which were changing the party landscape, Hegemann was touring the center of former East Berlin in a car when coming across the perfect new location... the basement of a bombed-out 1920s building -- the Wertheim department store. The accidental discovery would lead to a historic breakthrough, and the impact of this finding is what made Tresor, situated in the ex-death strip area, so unique. From the early beginnings to its closing in 2005, the Tresor resonates history being written in real-time since its unearthing by Hegemann and his friends. Techno was like a global experiment in real-time, staged in the strobe-lit sweatbox of the Tresor building. The sound made in Detroit would, for the first time ever, find a habitat outside of the close circle of its inceptors who would almost exclusively hail from Detroit. Protagonists like Blake Baxter and Jeff Mills speak about their experience of finding acceptance and being valued in a completely different manner when being flown out to Berlin to DJ. In the years that would follow, reunited Berlin would become the place to be, a global trend which was generated by the strong recognition of its importance as an electronic music capital. Berlin would not be the capital it is today without the driving forces, propelled by the sounds coming out of the Tresor basement. SubBerlin retraces its birth, life, death and resurrection. DVD with bonus material, deleted scenes, video wallpaper, and a DJ set. CD features artists such as Monika Kruse, Stewart Walker, Pacou, Scan 7, Hiroaki lizuka, James Ruskin, The Advent, Chris Lo, System 01, Model 500, DJ T-1000 and Melanie Houston. DVD Total Length: 89 min.; Bonus Material Total Length: 62 min.; DJ Sets: 44:15min.