Waste Land – Brazil – 2010 – Documentary. “A remarkable testament to working class lives and the unifying power of art, Waste Land is a rare thing – a film that makes you proud to be human.” Elliot Noble, Sky Cinema. WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to… Continue reading Waste Land
Topsy-Turvey – Britain – 1999 – Drama. “A consistently delightful, superbly timed, and impeccably staged wedge of British pop history.”-Mr Showbiz. “One of the year’s best films.”-Chicago Sun-Times. Tensions abound and the music swells in the story about the musical team of Gilbert & Sullivan. The two men who were extremely different in size and… Continue reading Topsy-Turvey
Touch the Sound – Germany – 2004 – Documentary. “Educates in exhilarating ways, ways that are immediately applicable to how one lives one’s life.”-Newsday. “Evelyn Glennie is one of the world’s most celebrated percussionists, and has produced acclaimed work in the classical, pop, and avant-garde fields. Glennie’s collaborators include Icelandic avant-pop darling Björk, bluegrass-turned-jazz virtuoso… Continue reading Touch the Sound
Holo Mai Pele – Hawaii – 2001 – Epic Hula Myth Performance. Anyone wanting to witness the expression of a non-European stone-age culture still vibrant, even blossoming in the 21st century, should see this film. Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, fire, lightening, wind, and the creation of land, is one of the most important deities… Continue reading Holo Mai Pele
Mad Hot Ballroom – USA – 2005 – Documentary. This is a profile of several New York City’s public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals. “Expect to grin the entire time you’re watching”… Continue reading Mad Hot Ballroom
The Wrecking Crew – USA – 2015 – Documentary. “learn the stories behind the songs that defined a decade and the musicians who never got their due credit for providing the soundtrack of a generation.”-Seanax.com. Before the 1960’s British Invasion, pop music was divided into singers and bands. Most singers weren’t part of a band,… Continue reading The Wrecking Crew
Lomax the Songhunter – USA/Netherlands – 2004 – Documentary. Following in his father’s footsteps, Alan Lomax spent 70 years traveling the world collecting folk songs, and educating urban audiences on their significance. Lomax recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song, of which he was the director, at the Library… Continue reading Lomax the Songhunter
Kumu Hula -Hawai’i – 1989 – Documentary. If you think of Hawai’ian hula as quasi belly dance with coconut bras and grass skirts, this film will be an eye-opener. Hula is to Hawai’i what ballet is to Russia – the supreme artistic expression of feelings, stories, and beliefs, kept alive and transmitted through the vehicle of the… Continue reading Kumu Hula
Iris – USA – 2015 – Documentary. Iris Apfel is the quick-witted, flamboyantly-dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.
Georgia O’Keefe – USA – 2009 – Drama – Bob Balaban, director. The painter’s life after meeting Alfred Stieglitz. Starring Joan Allen & Jeremy Irons.