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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Skrillex, Mark Ronson Doc “Re:Generation” Hits Theaters

Now in theaters, the doc “Re:Generation” features electronic music producers such as Skrillex and Mark Ronson creating collaborations rooted in old-school musical forms, including jazz, rock and country. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)
With Grammy dance-music winner and all-around curious fellow Skrillex looking like he’s not making it to D.C. anytime before summer, it might be a while before you’ll get to see the breakout dubstep producer behind the decks.

Sort of. There is one chance: The documentary “Re:Generation,” playing only today and Feb. 23 at area theaters, prominently features Skrillex as well as Mark Ronson, the Crystal Method Pretty Lights and other producers. And it was commissioned by the Grammys.

The full-length documentary should capture a quirky experiment; the five electronic music producers and DJs teamed up with musicians of more traditional musical forms (such as the surviving members of the Doors, Leann Rimes and Trombone Shorty) to make five collaborations. All of which points to the inevitable conclusion that the blip and bleep set will make brilliant dance music that’s just as serious as the old-schoolers’. Ignore for a moment that the doc might not offer any surprises; it was directed by Amir Bar-Lev, of “My Kid Could Paint That,” and should feature some pretty bangin’ music.

Want to see it tonight? A handful of theaters in our area are screening “Re:Generation,” including Alexandria’s AMC Hoffman 22 and Reston’s Bow Tie Cinemas.

For now, check out Skrillex’s collaboration with the Doors, “Breakn’ A Sweat,” from the film.

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