Festival – The Newport Folk Festival

Festival – USA – 2005 – Documentary.  Excerpts from Newport Folk Festivals, 1963-1966. ” …In 1963, The Newport Folk Festival presented what most folkies consider to be the most remarkable festival ever. Included on the bill that year were such groundbreaking performers as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Staple Singers, Peter,… Continue reading Festival – The Newport Folk Festival

Vananja

Vananja – India – 2006 – Drama.  “Vanaja is a timeless story of dignity maintained against all odds.” Tom Keough, Seattle Times.  “Stunning portrait of caste oppression in South India, as well as the struggle of a young woman from the lower caste’s to elevate herself through dance.” Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.review. Vanaja is fifteen, beautiful and far… Continue reading Vananja

From Mao to Mozart – Isaac Stern in China

From Mao to Mozart – Isaac Stern in China – USA – 1981 – Documentary In 1979, violin virtuoso Isaac Stern embarked on a goodwill tour of Red China. Filmmaker Murray Lerner went along for the ride, and the end result was the unforgettable feature-length documentary From Mao to Mozart. The best scenes involve Stern’s… Continue reading From Mao to Mozart – Isaac Stern in China

Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind

Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind – USA – 2003 – Documentary. “One of the great talents of her or anyone else’s generation gets the royal treatment with this superb two-hour (with bonus material) documentary. It’s all here (via interviews, including conversations past and present with Mitchell herself, photos, generous helpings of concert… Continue reading Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind

Touch the Sound

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