Videodocumentaries International. Compet.
“ROCKIN’ BROOKLYN“, Wojciech Bozyk, USA, 2007, 71’
Script – Wojciech Bozyk
Photography – Wojciech Bozyk
Production – Cirrus Minor
Everybody comes to New York – world capital of music – with a dream; it’s just a matter of personal perseverance and stubbornness to make this dream come true. Bands like Ramones, Television, The Velvet Underground have achieved fame and success. But that was then. How about now?
In the past few years Brooklyn has become one of the most exciting places in the world for new music, trends and styles. Because of the commercialization angle of New York the heart of the “action” is shifting to the outer boroughs of New York – Queens, Long Island and especially Brooklyn.
Rockin’ Brooklyn in documentary style will explore the music scene and most importantly the life of the musicians: their inspirations, dreams and aspirations in Brooklyn, New York. What drives them to have a band? Does Brooklyn somehow influence their music? Is there a music scene? This film together with new voices in music will provide insight into these questions.
“SOUNDS OF SILENCE“, Amir Hamz & Mark Lazarz, Iran/Germany/United Kingdom, 2007, 52’
Script – Amir Hamz & Mark Lazarz
Photography – Marek Kowalek
Production – Amir Hamz c/o MME Moviement
The documentary film by Amir Hamz and Mark Lazarz surveys Tehran’s rock and hip-hop scene, driven underground by a stultifying system of strict oversight and censorship from Ershad, the government’s Ministry of Islamic Guidance. It provides a street-level view of Iranian musicians struggling for self-expression.
Since the Revolution in Iran in 1979, the government has sought to curb the influence of the West in Iranian culture, taking control over everything from lyrics to musical style to the onstage movements of performers, and the solo female singing voice is strictly prohibited in public.
Featuring interviews with a host of musicians working in various genres, this documentary shows the incredible frustrations and obstacles that Iranian musicians must contend with, as well as the different ways in which they strive to get their music heard. The artists are increasingly turning to the Internet in order to disseminate their work and engage their audiences. From the alternative-rock band O-Hum to rapper Soroush to trance group Atma, musicians are finding that websites with downloadable songs and videos afford them the exposure that Ershad’s censorship denies them.
“ONE MAN IN THE BAND“, Adam Clitheroe, United Kingdom/USA/France, 2008, 83’
Script – Adam Clitheroe
Photography – Adam Clitheroe
Production – Adam Clitheroe
One-man bands. Showmen, eccentrics, loners. But whatever you do, don’t call them buskers. Adam Clitheroe’s new feature documentary is a funny and moving portrait of contemporary musicians who play as one-person acts. For them, music just sounds so much better when you make it all alone.
With an eclectic array of musical styles – ranging from theremin rock to hurricane drum solos and a backing band made of bicycle wheels – these one-man bands bring to the stage noise and spectacle worthy of a whole band, but at a fraction of the budget. We meet a selection of contemporary one-man bands from Europe and the USA and join them for their lonely existence on the road.
By following his one-man bands through the loneliness of touring to the highs of performance, he paints a deeply humanistic portrait of people who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of their own musical vision, often at the cost of a normal existence. The film, like the music, is vibrant, raw and passionate. Adam Clitheroe made it on a zero budget and as a one-man-band filmmaker in homage to his subject.
“MUSIC PARTIZANS“, Miroslaw Dembinski, Poland, 2007, 53’
Script – Miroslaw Dembinski
Photography – Maciej Szafnicki, Michal Slusarczyk, Remigiusz Przelozny
Production – Film Studio “Everest”
The documentary presents young rock music bands that are in opposition with Lukashenka’s regime. They express their attitude to surrounding reality trough their music, cloths, behavior.
“The people who take part in the rock music movement are like a little spark. This is very important because from a little spark a great fire, the fire of freedom can begin. I hope it will be soon.” – Miroslaw Dembinski
“THE NIGHT JAMES BROWN SAVED BOSTON“, David Leaf, USA/United Kingdom, 2008, 74’
Script – Morgan Neville
Photography – Nicola Narsh
Production – David Leaf Productions & Fremantle Media Enterprises
There is probably been no more difficult year in modern American history than 1968. There may have been no worse moment than the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968. As cities around the country were burning, James Brown managed to prevent the chaos from tearing apart the racial divided city of Boston.
The film documents that remarkable concert and the politics around it. The film is almost testimony to the power of music in general and the power of James Brown’s music in particular. The film is a tribute to the Godfather of Soul and the role he would come to play in working for civil rights.
It’s an emotionally-riveting documentary told through rarely seen footage and personal reminiscences from those who were there.
“OS TRÊS DE PORTUGAL“, Jordan Paterson, Canada, 2007, 24’
Script – Jordan Paterson
Photography – Jordan Paterson
Production – JL Productions
“Os Três de Portugal” (“The Three of Portugal“) is a documentary portrait of Portuguese fado music in western Canada focusing on the lives of Portuguese guitar maker Jose Amaral, guitarista Manuel Redondo and singer Suzana Rodrigues. Having seen interest in fado diminish over the years, the aging trio is driven chiefly by the desire to preserve this important cultural tradition from their native Portugal – and they try to impart the spirit of fado to a new generation of young people born in their Canada. Along the way, we learn about the band members’ lives, inspirations and disappointments as musicians and immigrants. This beautifully photographed film climaxes with the musicians reuniting for a final concert at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
“DUB ECHOES“, Bruno Natal, Jamaica/United Kingdom/USA/Brazil, 2008, 80’
Script – Bruno Natal, Chicodub
Photography – Bruno Natal
Production – Videograma
At first, one might think that reggae and dance music don’t have much to do with each other. But that’s a false perception. The documentary “Dub Echoes” aims to show how this Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop, transforming the studio in a musical instrument and giving way to all of sonic experiments.
“Dub Echoes” was produced by a Brazilian crew, in Kingston (Jamaica), London (UK), NY, Washington, LA (US), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil). Key names, from both reggae and the electronic music world, talk about the birth of this genre, how it helped to change the way we perceive music and how it’s presence can still be felt today.
“INTROSPECTIVE“, Aram Garriga, Spain, 2007, 68’
Script – Aram Garriga
Photography – Rafa de los Arcos, Tony Garcia, Andreas Bujardon, Dani Garcia, Xavi Satorra, Alex Lora, Javier G. Lerin, Aram Garriga
Production – The Visual Suspects//
In the second half of 90’s decade, the wire magazine coined such a controversial concept: post-rock. The term was used to define the music of some bands with styles that didn’t fit in any of the other genres predetermined by the industry and market. Despite being really singular and very unlike each other, the bands associated to this genre share many references and perspectives about music, life and the world that we live in. “Introspective” explores the reasons behind some of those bands, their words and live shows, so to offer a portrait of underground or indie music as an emotional allegory of our global societies.
“SONIC YOUTH – SLEEPING NIGHTS AWAKE“, Michael Albright, USA, 2007, 84’
Script – Michael Albright
Photography – Charlie Hayes
Production – Project Moonshine
In the summer of 2006, a group of seven high school students from Reno, NV set out to make a documentary on Sonic Youth. As part of a non-profit organization called ‘Project Moonshine’, these teens were given cameras and a few days of training and set loose to record a day in the life of Sonic Youth. This documentary contains rare interviews with Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo as well as their guitar techs and sound engineers.
Filled with behind-the-scenes interviews, original performances and a little basketball, this film shares the enveloping experience of a Sonic Youth concert unraveling before our eyes. The result is a point of view that is authentically refreshing; a unique situation that allows the students to approach the band with an honesty and innocence that’s hard to find in veteran documentary filmmakers.
“PART OF THE WEEK-END NEVER DIES“, Soulwax & Saam Farahmand, United Kingdom/Belgium, 2008, 70’
Photography – Saam Farahmand
Production – Partizan/Soulwax
‘Part Of The Weekend Never Dies’ is a documentary into, a touring concept that for the past three years has showcased the talents of four Belgians (Soulwax) who themselves programmed and promoted, DJ’d and played live each and every night alongside a revolving array of their friends and some of the most exciting acts in modern music, travelling relentlessly through the four corners of the globe under the banner of ‘Radio Soulwax’.
Recorded over 120 shows with one camera in Europe, Japan, US, Latin America and Australia, ‘Part Of The Weekend Never Dies’ is a documentary that captures the adulation, debauchery, ebullience, reflection, cynicism, tiredness, despair, delusion, ridiculousness, contradiction, revelation, exhaustion, homesickness of the life of a DJ/band on the road, which includes 2manydj’s, Soulwax Nite Versions live footage and also features James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Erol Alkan, Tiga, Justice, Busy P, So-Me, Peaches, Kitsuné & Klaxons in behind the scenes footage and interviews.
Directed by Partizan director Saam Farahmand and Soulwax together, Saam considered one of the UK’s most innovative young film makers who are competing with 4 videoclips more in the international competition.
“HEAVY METAL IN BAGHDAD“, Eddy Moretti & Suroosh Alvi, USA, 2007, 84’
Script – Eddy Moretti & Suroosh Alvi
Photography – Eddy Moretti
Production – Vice Films
“Heavy Metal in Baghdad” is a feature film documentary that tells the explosive and inspirational story of Iraq’s only heavy metal band Acrassicauda (Black Scorpion) from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day.
Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult, if not impossible, proposition, but after Saddam’s regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible. That hope was quickly dashed as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. From 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die. Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis.
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