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Current Films and Videos, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Winter 2000)
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Barbara Rose Lange / University of Houston

Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Distributor Addresses

Africa

The Language You Cry in: The Story of a Mende Song. 1999 [1998]. Directed by Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano. Distributed by California Newsreel, San Francisco, CA. Video, 53 mins. Documentary showing cultural and musical connections between 18th-century Sierra Leone and the Gullah people of present-day Georgia.

Americas

Billy in the Lowgrounds: Old Time Music from the Newport Folk Festival, 1966. 1997. Directed by Alan Lomax. Distributed by Vestapol/Rounder Records, Cambridge, MA. Video, 60 mins. Previously unreleased footage of informal performances by Clark Kessinger, Tex Logan, Jimmy Driftwood, and others.

Count Basie, 1904-1984. 1998 [1996]. Directed by Jean-Noel Cristiani. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 53 mins. Depicts the personal and artistic life of Count Basie, including performance footage.

Bola de Nieve y Ernesto Lecuona. 1997. Directed by Oscar L. Valdes. Distributed by H.L. Distributors, Miami, FL. Video, 60 mins. Biography, historical background, performance footage of Lecuona and Bola de Nieve as well as other Cuban musicians playing th eir works.

The Day of the Dead. 1998. Directed by Steve Mykolyn. Distributed by Calavera Productions/Filmakers Library, New York, NY. Video, 24 mins. Montage of activities commemorating the Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro, Mexico.

Devil Got My Woman: Blues at Newport 1966. Directed by Alan Lomax. 1997. Distributed by Vestapol/Rounder Records, Cambridge, MA. Video, 60 mins. Performances by Howlin' Wolf, Son House, and others in a "juke joint" environment recreated by Lomax.

Fats Waller. 1998 [1996]. Directed by Gerald Arnaud. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 51 mins. Examines Waller's career and his role in the Harlem Renaissance.

Flowers for Guadalupe: The Virgin of Guadalupe in the Lives of Mexican Women. 1995. Produced by Judith Gleason. Distributed by Filmakers Library, New York, NY. Video, 57 mins. Documentary following an all-women's pilgrimage from Queretaro to Mexico City, including the songs they listen to and perform.

Honoring the Father of Bluegrass. 1998 [1997]. Distributed by Bill Price Music, Indian Trail, NC. Video, 30 mins. A tribute to Monroe by Bill Price, who performed with Monroe's band in the 1950s.

Hosay Trinidad. 1999. Directed by John Bishop and Frank J. Korom. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Video, 45 mins. Shi'ite religious observances on Trinidad.

Louis Armstrong. 1998 [1996]. Directed by Sylvie Faguer. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 49 mins. Includes footage of Armstrong's first European tour, interviews with his wives, and discussion of his innovations in jazz.

Max Roach. 1998 [1996]. Directed by Gerald Arnaud. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 51 mins. Examines Roach's career and explores his role as a civil rights activist in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Mississippi, River of Song: The Grassroots of American Music. 1999. Directed by John Junkerman. Distributed by Acorn Media, Bethesda, MD. Video, 240 mins. (4 vols). Accompanies compact disc set issued by Smithsonian Folkways. Documentary featuring mus ic in localities along the entire Mississippi river.

A Musical Journey: The Films of Pete, Toshi and Dan Seeger, 1957-1964. 1996. Edited by Stefan Grossman. Distributed by Vestapol/Rounder Records, Cambridge, MA. Video, 58 mins. Compilation of footage filmed by the Seegers; performers include J.C. Burris, B ig Bill Broonzy, McPeake Family, prisoners in Huntsville, Texas, and others.

Roots of Rap. 1998. Distributed by Rhino Home Video, Los Angeles, CA. Video, 27 mins. Documentary following the development of hip hop from the early 1980s to the present. Includes performance footage from the late 1970s to the late 1980s featuring Grandm aster Flash, Melle Mel, and the Sugar Hill Gang.

Roots of Rhythm. 1997 [1989]. Directed by Les Blank. Distributed by A&E Home Video/New Video Group, New York, NY. Video, 180 mins. (3 vols). Reissue of PBS Routes of Rhythm series. On Cuban music, its Spanish and African origins, and its role in U.S. popu lar culture.

Shady Grove: Old Time Music from North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. 1997. Distributed by Vestapol/Rounder Records, Cambridge, MA. Video, 60 mins. Footage featuring Kilby Snow, Dock Boggs, Tommy Jarrell, and Roscoe Holcomb.

Asia

Cambodian Royal Ballet. 1997. Directed by Merrill Brockway. Distributed by Creative Arts Television Archive, Kent, CT. Video, 27 mins. Footage of Cambodian Royal Dancers performing two works in the classical Khmer repertoire.

The Instrumental Artistry of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. 1997. Distributed by Vestapol/Rounder Records, Cambridge, MA. Video, 90 mins. Depicts Bhatt performing four ragas and a folk tune.

The Survey of Korean Music. 1996. Distributed by Multicultural Media, Barre, VT. Video, 115 mins. (2 vols). Videos demonstrating Korean dance, vocal music, and instrumental music; detailed notes in companion booklet.

Teyyam: The Annual Visit of the God Vishnamurti. 1998. Directed by Erik de Maaker. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Video and 16mm, 57 mins. Documentary on Teyyam rituals in northern Kerala focusing on the performers' roles in a festival for Vishnamurti.

Europe

Celtic Tides. 1998. Directed by Mark Hall. Distributed by Putamayo World Music, New York, NY. Video, 50 mins. Performances and interviews with Celtic musicians on both sides of the Atlantic ocean.

Distributor Addresses

A&E Home Video/New Video Group
125 Fifth Ave., 15th floor
New York, NY 10011
(800) 625-9000
http://www.aetv.com

Acorn Media
7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
(800) 999-0212
http://www.acornmedia.com

Bill Price Music, Inc.
6911 Secrest Short Cut Rd.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 882-1232
http://www.indiantrailonline.com/billprice.htm

California Newsreel
149 9th Street, Suite 450
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-6196
http://www.newsreel.com

Creative Arts Television Archive
P.O. Box 739
Kent, CT 06757
(860) 868-1721
catarchive@aol.com

Documentary Educational Resources
101 Morse St.
Watertown, MA 02172

Filmakers Library, Inc.
124 East 40th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 808-4980
http://www.filmakers.com/index.html

Films for the Humanities & Sciences
P.O. Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543

H L Distributors
6940 SW 12th St.
Miami, FL 33144-4741
(305) 262-7711

Multicultural Media
RR3, Box 6655, Granger Road
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 223-1294
http://www.worldmusicstore.com

Rhino Home Video
Rhino Records
1720 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024-5608
(310) 474-8685
http://www.rhino.com

Rounder Records
One Camp St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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