Compiled by Barbara Rose Lange / University of Houston
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Au coeur du blues. 2001. Directed by Louis Mouchet. Distributed by RTBF,
Brussels, Belgium. Video, 52 mins. Depicts a "road" for the blues from Mali
to the southern U.S. and then to Chicago, with foootage of Buddy Guy, John
Lee Hooker, and others.
Hip Hop: The New World Order. 2002. Directed by Muhammida el Muhajir.
DV, 50 mins. Short version distributed by DVD Music. Explores hip hop's impact
on global youth culture. Includes footage from Japan, Cuba, London, Paris,
Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, and Amsterdam; fans and musicians discuss the significance
of the music for their own localities.
Keep the Timbila Playing. 2001. Directed by Frank Diamand. Distributed
by DocWorkers Int., Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 35 mm, 82 mins. Depicts the
trip of a Dutch timbila orchestra to Mozambique. Explains the effects
of the civil war there and how the orchestra leader Vanancio Mbande managed
to maintain a timbila group in exile. Includes performance footage of several
Mozambican timbila orchestras.
Ein Leben mit den Göttern. Living with the Gods. 2001.
Directed by Claudia Willke. 58 mins. Documents the spiritual outlook of Susanne
Wenger, an Austrian artist who has been involved in Yoruba religion for forty
years. [ Gottern ]
Les Maitres du balafon: la joie de la jeunesse. 2002. Directed by Hugo
Zemp. 16 mm, 70 mins. Depicts the Senufo people's use of the balafon for events
concerning young people, in agricultural work, initiations, and church services.
Le Reve plus fort que la mort. 2002. Directed by Jean Rouch and Bernard
Surugue. Distributed by IRD Audiovisuel, Bondy, France. 35 mm, 90 mins. Depicts
Songhay mythology, music, dance, and trance, making an analogy with classical
Stage-Shakers! Ghana's Concert Party Theatre. 2001. Directed by Kwame
Braun. Distributed by Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN. Video, 103
mins. An examination of Concert Party Theatre, a West African art form that
includes female impersonation and blackface. Companion film to Ghana's
Concert Party Theatre (2001, Indiana University Press).
Biggie and Tupac. 2002. Directed by Nick Broomfield. Distributed by Nick
Broomfield. 107 mins. Documentary on the unsolved murders of the rap stars
Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur.
Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight. 2001. Directed
by Murray Lerner. Distributed by amazon.com and others. Video, DVD, 102 mins.
All of the original footage of Hendrix's 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight
festival, with remastered sound.
Cinco joyas de música Cubana. 2000. Directed by Luis Filepa
Bernaza, Oscar L. Valdés, Constante Diego, and Mayra Vilasis. Produced
by Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC),
Havana, Cuba. Video, 100 mins. Documentaries on five Cuban musicians: Ignacio
Pinerio and the Septeto Nacional; singer Maria Teresa Vera; Ernesto Lecuona;
bandleader Beny More; and Bola de Nieve. [ musica Valdes
A Cuban Legend. 2001. Directed by Bette Wanderman. Distributed by KW
Filmworks, New York, NY. 79 mins. Depicts the art and life of muralist Salvador
Gonzalez Escalona. Includes a history of rumba and explains the basis of the
painter's art in Santeria.
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme. 2002. Directed by Kevin Fitzgerald. 74 mins.
Explores improvisational rhyming, with footage by Mos Def, DJ Kool Herc, the
Last Poets, and others.
Grateful Dawg. 2002, 2001. Directed by Gillian Grisman. Distributed by
Sony Pictures Classics. DVD, 81 mins. Concert and music video footage of David
Grisman and Jerry Garcia jamming together.
He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley. 1999. Directed by Michael
Merriman. Distributed by elvisproducts.com and others. VHS, 90 mins or 2 DVDs,
180 mins. Two-part documentary, originally aired on television, that describes
the involvement of Elvis Presley in gospel music. DVD includes forty recordings.
Immaculate Funk. 2000. Directed by Tom Thurman. Betacam, 73 mins. Explores
the life and career of Jerry Wexler. Includes performance footage and comments
by musicians who recorded for Stax and Atlantic.
In the Mirror of Maya Deren. 2001. Directed by Martina Kudlácek.
Distributed by Navigator Film, Vienna, Austria. 35 mm, 103 mins. Depicts the
life and work of Deren as a dancer, photographer, and Vodou initiate. [
Johnny Cash: The Anthology. 2001. Distributed by amazon.com and others.
DVD, 143 mins. Two documentaries with overlapping musical content. Includes
footage of early television performances.
Keep on Walking. 2001. Directed by Tana Ross. 52 mins. Depicts the performances
of Joshua Nelson, a Jewish African American gospel singer.
Kottonmouth Kings Dopeumentary. 2001. Directed by Bill Wadsworth. Distributed
by amazon.com. Video, DVD, 60 mins. Documentary exploring the music and the
fan culture surrounding the Kottonmouth Kings.
The Legacy of Antonio Lorenzano. 2000. Directed by Paul Henley. Distributed
by Granada Center for Visual Anthropology, Manchester, UK. Video, 46 mins.
Recollections by family members of the importance of Lorenzano, a Warao shaman,
musician, and craftsman.
Louis Prima: The Wildest. 2000. Directed by Don McGlynn. Distributed
by Facets Multimedia, Chicago, IL. Video, 80 mins, DVD, 107 mins. Depicts
the life and career of Louis Prima. DVD includes interview and performance
Rhythm 'n Bayous. 2002. Directed by Robert Mugge. Distributed by Cowboy
Booking International, New York, NY. 107 mins. Surveys music in Louisiana,
including rockabilly and country from the northern region as well as swamp
pop, zydeco, and jazz in the south. Features many elderly musicians.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me. 2001. Directed by Nicholas
Triantafyllidis. Distributed by Filmtrade, Athens, Greece. 35 mm, 102 mins.
Traces the life and career of Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
Songmakers. 2001. Directed by Morgan Neville and John Griffin. Distributed
by amazon.com. Two DVDs. 259 mins. Five episodes of A&E Biography on American
pop performers and songwriters. Includes a program about songwriters of the
late 1950s and 1960s and episodes on Leiber and Stoller, Dionne Warwick, Burt
Bacharach, and Bobby Darin. DVDs include text biographies of the featured
Spirits of Havana. 2000. Directed by Bay Weyman and Luis O. Garcia. Distributed
by the National Film Board of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. Follows jazz musicians
Jane Bunnett and Larry Cramer as Bunnett returns to Havana a number of years
after her 1992 collaboration with Cubuan musicians on the recording Spirits
of Havana. Shows their work in Cuban music schools, including instrument
repair and jazz workshops.
Street Dreams. 2001. Directed by Tony Dofat. Distributed by Ventura Distribution,
Thousand Oaks, CA. Two DVDs, 93 mins. History of rap. Includes excerpts of
interviews with agents, attorneys, artists, and record executives.
Teddy Edwards: The Legend of Teddy Edwards. 2001. Directed by Don McGlynn.
DVD and video, 85 mins. Distributed by Image Entertainment, DVD Music, and
others. Traces the life of Teddy Edwards and his contributions to bebop. Includes
footage of Edwards's current quintet.
Through the Years of Hip Hop. Vol. One: Graffiti. 2001. Produced
by Maryse Karunaratne. Distributed by Music Video Distributors, Oaks, PA.
DVD, 90 mins. First part of the documentary series The Architects.
Oral history of 1970s graffiti; includes seven early hip hop videos.
Tupac Shakur/Thug Angel: The Life of an Outlaw. 2002. Directed by Peter
Spirer. Distributed by Image Entertainment. Video, 92 mins. Explores the life
of Tupac, including his Black Panther background. Includes interview footage
with the artist.
Women in Jazz. 1999. Directed by Gilles Corre. Distributed by Doc Ad
Hoc, Toulouse, France. 80 mins. Features twenty contemporary women performers.
Batak: Ancient Spirits, Modern World. 2000. Directed by. J. Scott Dodds
with James Eder. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton,
NJ. VHS, 50 mins. Documents the situation that Philippine Bataks face in negotiating
between a hunter-gatherer way of life, the cash economy present on their island,
and the efforts of conservationists to institute sustainable forest use.
Do Re Me. 2001. Directed by Peng Yang. 30 mins. Depicts a music shop
in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, where craftsmen make instruments and teach
tourists to play them.
Koto: Praise on Strings. 2002. Distributed by Films for the Humanities
and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. VHS, 48 mins. Interview and performance footage
of koto player Hideaki Kuribayashi of the Sawai koto school, including original
Koto: The Music of Tadao. 2002. Distributed by Films for the Humanities
and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. VHS, 55 mins. Discusses the style of Tadao Sawai;
includes historical performance footage and contemporary compositions.
Mille et une voix, la musique d'Islam. A Thousand and One Voices: The
Music of Islam. 2001. Directed by Mahmoud ben Mahmoud. Distributed by
Idéale Audience International, Paris, France. Video, 90 mins. Musical
performances presented in travelogue style and in conjunction with major Muslim
holidays. Includes footage from Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, India, and Turkey,
with a subtext of resistance to fundamentalism. In French and Arabic with
English and French subtitles. [ Ideale ]
Of Bards and Beggars. 2002. Directed by Shweta Kishore and Yask Desai.
Distributed by Shweta Kishore, Mt. Waverley, Australia. Video, 33 mins. Depicts
Pabuji epic recitation in Rajasthan. English subtitles.
Peshavar Rubab. Silent Voices. 2001. Directed by Daniel Ridicki. Distributed
by Factum, Zagreb, Croatia. Video, 26 mins. Afghan rubab players who were
refugees in Peshawar during the time of Taliban. In Farsi with English subtitles.
The Poet of Linge Homeland. 2000. Directed by Aryo Danusiri. Distributed
by SET Film Workshop, Jakarta, Indonesia. Video, 25 mins. Portrait of Ibrahim
Kadir, an Acehnese performer of didong poetry who was jailed during the Suharto
Sounds of Love and Sorrow. 2000. Directed by Hu Tai-li. 16 mm, 86 mins.
Distributed by Hu Tai-li, Taipei, Taiwan. Depicts the life and music of indigenous
Paiwanese flute players of Taiwan.
British Steel. 2001. Directed by Tim Kirkby. Distributed by Warner Vision
Australia, Crows Nest, Australia. DVD, 110 mins. Describes the making of Judas
Priest's album British Steel, with interviews, archival footage, and
live performances. Part of Warner Vision's Classic Albums series.
From a Whisper to a Scream. 2001. Directed by David Heffernan. Distributed
by Winstar/Fox Lorber, New York, NY. Three videos, 156 mins. Three-part series
tracing Irish popular and rock music from the 1950s through the present day.
I Like Hearts Like Mine: Markos Vamvakaris. 2001. Directed by George
C. Zervas. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA.
Video, 65 mins. History of rebetiko, including archival footage of performances
and recollections about Vamvakaris.
Nina Hagen: Punk and Glory. 2002. Directed by Peter Sempel. Distributed
by Silver Cine Filmverleih, Hamburg, Germany. 93 mins. Depiction of Hagen,
her importance as a performer of punk, and her spiritual and political beliefs.
Includes casual performances, concert footage, and comments about Hagen by
other contemporary artists.
Niseach. Ness - The Parish. 2001. Directed by Midge MacKenzie. Distributed
by Midge MacKenzie, London, UK. Video, 59 mins. Depicts fishing, singing,
and weaving in a village of the Outer Hebrides. In Gaelic with English subtitles.
Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar. 2001. Directed by Bill Chayes
and L. John Harris. Distribution: 1-800-266-5727. 35 mm, 57 mins. Documents
the life of Celedonio Romero in the context of civil war and political repression
in Spain; explores his family of guitarists. Includes archival footage.
Staroverci. Old Believers. 2001. Directed by Jana Sevcikova. Distributed
by Jana Sevcikova, Prague, Czech Republic. 35 mm, 46 mins. Documentary on
a village of Old Believers in present-day Romania.
Y Llan - The Parish. 2001. Directed by Midge MacKenzie. Distributed by
Midge MacKenzie, London, UK. Video, 59 mins. Depicts choral singing, farming,
and mercantile activity in a Welsh village. English subtitles.
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