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Current Films and Videos, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2000)
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Barbara Rose Lange / University of Houston

General | Americas | Asia | Europe | Distributor Addresses

General

Modulations. 1998. Directed by Iara Lee. Distributed by Caipirinha Productions. Video and 16mm, 73 mins. Traces the history of electronic music from Moog and Stockhausen through contemporary dance music.

Americas

B. B. King: Rock Me the Blues. 1998 (1997). Directed by Eric Pittard. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 58 mins. Footage of B.B. King on tour, including performance and informal reflections.

Bill Evans. 1998 (1996). Directed by Paul Goldin. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 57 mins. Depicts Bill Evans Trio in performance and sketches his life.

Dee Dee Bridgewater. 1998. Directed by Eric Pittard. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 54 mins. Performances and interview with Bridgewater; includes footage of early female jazz vocalists.

Gerry Mulligan. 1998 (1996). Directed by Robert Mughnerot. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 52 mins. Performances by Mulligan; comments by other musicians about his contributions to jazz.

Gil Evans, 1912-1988. 1998 (1997). Directed by Serge Trottier. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 55 mins. Examines Evans' life and his associations with great jazz musicians of the 1940s and 1950s.

John Coltrane. 1998 (1996). Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 56 mins. Explores Coltrane's musical vision in a variety of ensemble configurations; includes footage with Miles Davis.

Seeking the Spirit: Plains Indians in Russia. 1999. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Video, 27 mins. Native Americans observe and comment on Russians staging a pow wow.

Singing our Stories. 1998. Directed by Annie Frasier Henry. Distributed by the National Film Board of Canada, New York. Video, 49 mins. Singing by Native American women from several parts of the U.S. and Canada.

Songs of the Poor. 1998 (1991). Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 61 mins. Survey of Argentinian folk music.

Asia

Genghis Blues. 1999. Directed by Roko Belic. Distributed by Roxie Releasing, San Francisco, CA. 16 mm, 88 mins. Follows bluesman Paul Pena, who has taught himself throat-singing, on a visit to Tuva.

Madarrpa Funeral at Gurka'wuy. 1999. Directed by Ian Dunlop. Distributed by First Run/Icarus Films, New York. Video, 88 mins. Depicts Marrakulu clan funeral rites in Arnhem Land. Part of the Yirrkala Film Project series.

Sacrifice of Serpents: The Festival of Indrayani in Kathmandu. 1997. Directed by Dirk Nijland, Balgopal Shrestha, and Bert van den Hoek. Distributed by the Institute of Cultural and Social Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands. Video, 108 mins. Documents local caste-based rites leading up to the serpent sacrifice; contrasts local beliefs with Vedic cosmology.

The Written Face. 1999. Directed by Daniel Schmid. Distributed by First Run/Icarus Films, New York. Video, 90 mins. Investigates onnagata roles in kabuki, including footage with actor Tamasaburo Bando, geishas, film actresses and Butoh dancers.

Europe

Dhaiva: Autumn Journey. 1999. Directed by David Hope and Tim Salmon. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Video, 50 mins. Depicts pastoral culture in northwestern Greece; features a village festival.

The Underground Orchestra. 1998. Directed by Heddy Honigmann. Distributed by First Run/Icarus Films, New York. Video and 16mm, 108 mins. Documents the lives and music of street musicians in Paris, refugees from repressive political regimes around the worl d.

Distributor Addresses

Caipirinha Productions
http://www.caipirinha.com/Music/music.html

Documentary Educational Resources
101 Morse St.
Watertown, MA 02172

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

First Run/Icarus Films
153 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-1711
http://www.frif.com/index.html

Institute of Cultural and Social Studies
Film Library
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
The Netherlands

National Film Board of Canada
350 5th Avenue, Suite 4820
New York, NY 10118
(212) 629-8896

Roxie Releasing
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 431-3611

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