Press Release 

(LOS ANGELES, CA – March 25, 2019) – Washington Hill Pictures is thrilled to announce GOD SAID GIVE ‘EM DRUM MACHINES: THE STORY OF DETROIT TECHNO – has been selected for a Work In Progress Screening. Showing scenes from the upcoming documentary on the true origins of Techno music, the filmmakers will also host a Q&A session moderated by Event Product Drake Phifer along with the featured stars from the film, including Techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson. The screening will be held on April 13, 2019 at the Planet Ant Theater in Hamtramck at 8pm. After the panel, Saunderson will perform.Tickets are $10 at the door.


Additionally, the filmmakers invite you to a meet and greet/pop up shop at Spectacles between 3-5pm on Saturday April 13, 2019. Filmmakers and production team will be in attendance. Limited Edition Official film t-shirts, posters, and other merchandise will be available for purchase. Spectacles Store is located at 230 E. Grand River Harmonie Park Downtown Detroit 48226.

God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines-the Story of Detroit Techno (2019), starring Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May, tells the story of Detroit’s 1980s unsung African American community that created Techno music and how the business of music betrayed them. The feature length documentary is being produced by Washington Hill Pictures. You can check out the trailer here:

Producer Jennifer Washington added, “We are excited to be working with the Free Press and eager to share a few scenes from our upcoming feature length documentary with fellow Detroiters.”

Director Kristian Hill stated, “We've been documenting the founding fathers of Techno music in the States and abroad for over the past 7 years. They are Detroit's best kept secret as they have been quietly exporting their products and services to audiences all over the world for the past 30 years. The stars of this film are considered gods overseas, but fail to get the same recognition here at home. They're the "hidden figures" of the $7.1 billion dollar industry of Electronic Dance Music, which is now lead by the list of Forbes' cash kings like: Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and Deadmau5 to name a few. Most people nowadays have no idea that Techno has Detroit origins or that black people have anything to do with this music.”

Straight out of the controversial, yet dynamic Motor City, Jennifer Washington was inspired as a child by her musical family. Today, Washington’s most pressing mission is to help uplift her hometown’s image in the media. As a film producer, she is exploring the expanse of Techno music and documenting its influence all over the world.

Motor City native Kristian Hill is celebrated and respected as one of Detroit’s most talented creative professionals. Excelling as a filmmaker, videographer, and rising director with more than 20 years of experience in the business, Kristian has long cast his own distinct glow in the Film, Video & Entertainment industries.

GOD SAID GIVE ‘EM DRUM MACHINES: THE STORY OF DETROIT TECHNO is a Washington Hill Pictures production. The film is directed by Kristian R. Hill and produced by Jennifer D. Washington.  

For more information about GOD SAID GIVE ‘EM DRUM MACHINES go to:  To arrange for interviews, call 818.231.5497.

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A deep dive discussion on the hurdles — and opportunities — for women in the film industry.

They're all part of the just-announced lineup of free events at this year's Freep Film Festival. Many of them are geared towards students and movie makers, but they're also perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the craft of documentary filmmaking. 

Women have been making movies since the birth of the form, but in recent years there has been a push to recognize and uplift women in film while acknowledging the inequalities they often face. In this free panel, women directors and producers talk about the recent attention to topic — and whether that attention has led to action. 

Panelists include: Michelle Memran, director of “The Rest I Make Up”; Jennifer Washington, producer of “God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno”; Kathy Rivkin-Daum, executive producer of “The Show’s the Thing: The Legendary Promoters of Rock”; Melissa Haizlip, director of “Mr. Soul!”; and Barbara Ghammashi, director of the production assistance program and digital and broadcast sales for Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women.

 Noon Sat., April 13, Welcome Center, Wayne State. Free event. Reservations required here.  


The rock start group of documentary filmmakers will take you behind the scenes of their music docs, which tell the stores rock gods and techno legends. Panelists include: Kristian R. Hill, director of “God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno”; Kathy Rivkin-Daum, executive producer on “The Show’s the Thing: The Legendary Promoters of Rock”; and Capella Fahoome, producer on “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.” The conversation will be moderated by Detroit Free Press pop music critic Brian McCollum.

1:30 p.m. Sat., April 13, Welcome Center, Wayne State University. Reservations required here.