Documentary - Music - World Rights

 

Christcore

CANADA – 2013 – 74 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JUSTIN LUDWIG

ChristCORE is an inside look at the explosive subculture of Christian hardcore music which is surging across North America. Filmmaker and atheist punk rocker Justin Ludwig goes on tour with two evangelical hardcore bands — driven newcomers Messengers and Christcore superstars Sleeping Giant — culminating in the important Cornerstone Christian Music Festival. The tribulations of touring combine with the trials of preaching from the stage for these talented musicians and devoted evangelical Christians.

 

Fly in A Bottle (MEdeski, Martin & Wood)

USA – 2011 – 60 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY BILLY MARTIN
FEATURING MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD

 

Taking a look into the minds and lives of the band, drummer/percussionist Billy Martin directed the first feature film in the band's history. 

Working through a year-long period of personal 16mm film and HD camcorder footage of MMW on the road and in the studio during the Radiolarians recordings, the film provides an extremely intimate portrait of the band. It highlights the trio's intricate relationships with each other and with the music they have worked to create over 20 years as a band. Unique to the Radiolarians series, the band switched the order of conventional album cycles. Instead of touring to support a new release, MMW used touring as a way to compose and refine their music live, then they took the material to the recording studio. 

This inverted process allowed them to release Radiolarians I, II, and III in just 2 years, a rare feat for a recording artist. This DVD provides fans and critics unprecedented access to the band during their everyday lives. 

It's raw, highly personal, and real. The DVD also includes a music video, the esoteric Incant to Chantes Des Femmes directed by Grey Gersten, and an experiment with time-lapse film entitled CW, a metaphoric look at the evolving and intricate relationship between Chris Wood and John Medeski from Martin's perspective. 

Filmed on the tour bus, CW is set to music of "First Light" and features excerpts of transistor radio used in "Chasen v. Suribachi."

 

Imagine the sound

CANADA – 1981 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY RON MANN

IMAGINE THE SOUND brings together interviews and performance, the prime innovators of the once controversial free jazz movement of the 60s.

The first feature documentary by Ron Mann (GRASS, COMICBOOK CONFIDENTIAL) is an eloquent tribute to a group of highly celebrated artists that helped forge the avant-garde jazz of the 1960s.

Critic and film historian Jonathan Rosenbaum has said IMAGINE THE SOUND “may be the best documentary on free jazz that we have.”

The film features articulate interviews and dramatic performances by pianists Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, tenor saxophone Archie Shepp, and trumpet player Bill Dixon.

 

Mighty Uke

CANADA – 2010 – 76 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY TONY COLE

 

Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitar and kitchy lyrics, but far from being just a Hawaiian novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world. 

Originally brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, the tiny instrument first captured the musical imaginations of the Hawaiian royal court in the 1880’s. With the dawn of the radio broadcasting age, ukulele music owned the airwaves. Broadway produced ukulele musicals. Hollywood produced ukulele movie stars. The little instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early twenties the uke was the most popular instrument in the American home and the first musical voice for millions of children. Over the next thirty years the uke was number one, and then, with the rise of rock and roll guitar, faded into nerdy obscurity, until now.

In the internet age, the ukulele is making a comeback. Clubs and ensembles are sprouting up around the world, and a new generation is pulling their grandparents’ ukes out of the closet, challenging our images of the humble ukulele. Ukes top the charts in Japan, Swedish punks thrash uke angst, California popsters serve it to ya ukulele style, classical composers carefully pluck out musicbox sonatas, and all of them meet together at the myriad ukulele festivals from New York to London to Tokyo.

This is not a toy! 

MIGHTY UKE travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyo’s highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the people’s instrument: The Mighty Uke.

 

Twist

CANADA – 1992 – 80 MIN – COLOUR - B&W - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY RON MANN

*NEW VERSION IN 4K!

Combining rare and often hilarious archival footage with interviews, Twist chronicles the evolution of rock and roll dance.

From the time when moving hips marked you as a social degenerate, to a time when shaking your "thing" became the dance-form that rocked the world.

Featuring: Cholly Atkins, Hank Ballard, American Bandstand Dancers, Chubby Checker, Joey Dee, Gladys Horton, Dee Dee Sharp, Mama Lu Parks, The Parkettes

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