Documentary - Music

 

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

UNITED KINGDOM / 2014 / 95 MINUTES / IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY IAIN FORSYTH & JANE POLLARD
FEATURING NICK CAVE

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH weaves drama and reality in a fictionalized 24 hours in the life of internationally acclaimed musician, author and screenwriter Nick Cave.

Cave’s story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.

The film explores the creative process, encounters collaborators from Cave’s past and bears witness to startlingly frank insights from this icon of modern culture. It reveals what makes us who we are and what influences who we want to become – ultimately, it is a love letter to the transformative power of the human spirit.

 

Muscle Shoals

USA – 2013 – 111 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GREG 'FREDDY' CAMALIER

FEATURING ARETHA FRANKLIN, GREG ALLMAN, BONO, CLARENCE CARTER, JIMMY CLIFF, MICK JAGGER, ETTA JAMES, ALICIA KEYS, WILSON PICKETT, KEITH RICHARDS, PERCY SLEDGE, AND STEVE WINWOOD

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history.

Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. "I’ll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You", "Mustang Sally”, "Tell Mama", "Kodachrome", and "Freebird" are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.

At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique ‘Muscle Shoals sound’ and the rhythm section ‘The Swampers’.

In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.

 

PARADISE IS THERE, A MEMOIR BY NATALIE MERCHANT, THE NEW TIGERLILY RECORDINGS

USA – 80 MINUTES - 2015

Twenty years ago Natalie Merchant recorded her first solo album -- 'Tigerlily' -- which sold five million copies and launched her post-10,000 Maniacs career. In those two decades both she and the songs from 'Tigerlily' have matured. Last summer Natalie re-recorded the 11 songs and on November 6th they’ll be released in a bonus package, CD + DVD called ‘Paradise Is There.’ 

The accompanying film – ‘Paradise Is There, A Memoir by Natalie Merchant, The New Tigerlily Recordings was produced by Oceans 8 Films. Natalie’s entire musical life is encapsulated in this very personal film, which digs deep into the music through live performances, archival footage, and interviews. Her fellow musicians, friends and impassioned fans share how the songs of ‘Tigerlily’ have influenced them over the past 20 years, and speak to how the power of music itself affects us in profound, lasting, and uplifting ways.

 

Song of Lahore

PAKISTAN/ USA – 2015 – 82 MIN - FEATURE
A FILM BY SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY, ANDY SCHOCKEN
WITH SACHAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE, WYNTON MARSALIS, THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA

With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of Pakistan's 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets. The city came alive to the beat of a tabla drum; with a musical culture passed down over centuries and a thriving film industry, opportunities were great for the legion of musicians that called Lahore home.

Today, this vision of Lahore exists only in myth. Islamization, ethnic divisions, war and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of Pakistan, and the sounds of the tabla no longer drift through the old city's bazaar.

In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums. But it is an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments that brings Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Their rendition of Dave Brubeck's Take Five becomes a sensation, and Wynton Marsalis invites them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a groundbreaking week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert.

Despite their rising international acclaim, Sachal Studios remains virtually unknown in Pakistan. The ensemble is faced with a daunting task; to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan’s narrowing cultural sphere.

 

The Possibilities are endless

UNITED KINGDOM - 2014 - 83 MINTES - COLOUR
A FILM BY JAMES HALL, EDWARD LOVELACE

The celebrated lyricist, Edwyn Collins could only say two phrases after waking up: 'Grace Maxwell' and 'The Possibilities Are Endless’. This is the incredible story of Collins, a songwriter who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted after experiencing a stroke. Placed inside Edwyn's mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life and love. With the help of his wife Grace, Edwyn submerges himself in a landscape of memories, as he tries to unlock the story of his past. More than a story of determination against all odds; it is an intimate and life-affirming tale of rediscovery.