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The Cleveland Experiment. 2001. Directed by Adrin Neatrour.
Distributed by Crinkle Cut Motion Pictures, Newcastle, UK. Video, 48
mins. Depicts U.S. medical observations of a Sufi, and of films of
Sufis; a researcher concludes that Sufi rituals generate paranormal
Al Nur (The Light). 2000. Directed by Giulio Latini,
Marco Rovetto, and Silvia di Domenico. Distributed by Rai Trade, Rome,
Italy. 35mm, 29 mins. Depicts a trip taken to Morocco by an electronic
composer and a Berber musician that culminates in a joint composition.
Sounds Sacred. 2001. Directed by Barbara Rick.
Distributed by University of California Extension Center for Media and
Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA. Video, 60 mins. Cross-cultural
survey of religious music, sound, and dance, including footage of Native
American flutists, Benedictine nuns, Javanese gamelan players, and many
Polyphonies éthiopiennes, chants Dokos / chants Hararis. 2001.
Directed by Samson Giorgis and Guillaume Terver. Distributed by Bel Air Media,
Paris, France. DV, 55 mins. Explores the importance of song in the lives of
Harari women and Doko farmers in northern Ethiopia. [
Accordion Dreams. 2000. Directed by Hector Galan. 57 mins.
Traces the history of Texas-Mexican music and conjunto; includes
interview footage of musicians from different generations.
The Artist and the Shaman. 2001. Directed by Paul Davids.
Distributed by Monarch Films, Jersey City, NJ. Video, 75 mins. Documents
a vision quest by a painter who seeks the aid of an Arizona shaman.
Dewey Time. 2001. Directed by Daniel Berman. 89 mins. Examines the music and the artistic significance of saxophonist Dewey Redman.
Elvis Week. 2001. Directed by Geoff Harkness. Distributed by
Passim Productions, Lawrence, KS. Video, 49 mins. Explores the annual
commemoration in Memphis of Elvis Presley's death.
Feathers from the Sky. 2001. Directed by Lode Cafmeyer.
Distributed by ITP, Brussels, Belgium. Video, 50 mins. Depicts a Kalapo
name-giving ceremony in the Amazon; participants and ritual specialists
explain their cosmology.
Festive Land: Carnival in Bahia. 2001. Directed by Carolina
Moraes-Liu. Distributed by University of California Extension Center for
Media and Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA. Video, 48 mins. Documents
Carnival in Salvador, Bahia, including dances, religious practices, and
other street activities.
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns. 2002. Directed by A.J. Schnack.
Distributed by Cowboy Booking, New York, NY. A documentary about the
duo They Might Be Giants. Includes live performance footage, animation,
videos, and fan commentaries.
Hank & Jimmy: A Story of Country. 2000. Directed by John
Martin. 56 mins. Compares the country music career of Hank Snow with
that of his son Jimmy, who after an early start in music then preached
against rock and roll.
Hazel Dickens: It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song. 2001.
Directed by Mimi Pickering. Distributed by Appalshop. 61 mins. Details
the life and music of Hazel Dickens, with archival footage and
depictions of Dicken's live performances, as well as interviews with
musicians like Alison Krauss and Naomi Judd.
Los hijos de benkos. Les fils de benko. 2000. Directed by Luca
Silva. Distributed by Les Films du Village, Paris, France. Video, 52
mins. Depicts the musical life of a Maroon village in Colombia, where
African-derived drumming blends with such genres as soukous, calypso,
Hip Hop Hope. 2002. Directed by Darrell Wilks. Distributed by
Darrell Wilks, New York, NY. Video, 62 mins. Depicts the reactions of
several New York hip hop artists to the events of September 11, 2001.
Hughes' Dream Harlem. 2002. Directed by Jamal Joseph.
Distributed by California Newsreel, South Burlington, VT. Video, 61
mins. Traces connections between the poets of the Harlem Renaissance and
spoken-word artists of today.
In Beauty I Walk: the Navajo Way to Harmony. 2001. Directed by
Sherri Brenner. Distributed by University of California Extension
Center for Media and Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA. Video, 28 mins.
Examination of Navajo cosmology and art.
Inside out in the Open. 2001. Directed by Alan Roth.
Distributed by Alan Roth. 60 mins. Traces the history of free jazz.
Includes images and music of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Eric Dolphy;
contains no "talking head" commentaries.
Jazz Seen. 2001. Directed by Julian Benedikt. Distributed by
EuroArts Entertainment, Berlin, Germany. 35 mm, 77 mins. Explores the
career of William Claxton, who photographed film stars and jazz
Jazz Women. 2001. Directed by Gabriella Morandi. 79 mins.
Depicts female jazz singers musicians who are better known to jazz
aficionados than the general public.
John Lee Hooker: That's My Story. 2001. Directed by Jörg Bundschuh.
Distributed by Kick Film. 90 mins. [ Jorg ]
Kinky Friedman-Proud to Be an Asshole from El Paso. 2001.
Directed by Simone de Vries. Distributed by Lagestee Film BV,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Video, 53 mins. Biography of Kinky Friedman,
focusing on his activities both as a writer and a musician; discusses
the effects of his recent tribute album.
The Legend of Teddy Edwards. 2000. Directed by Don McGlynn. 85
mins. Examines the life of saxophonist and bebop innovator Teddy
Edwards, including a look at his current musical activities in Los
100 Years Old - Ain't Done Yet. 2001. Directed by Roger Harb. 56 mins. Portrait of Tennessee fiddler and centenarian Bob Douglas.
Pavarotti of the Plains: Don Walser's Story. 2001. Directed by T.J. Morehouse. 70 mins. A tribute to the Texas singer.
Pleasure & Pain. 2001. Directed by Danny Clinch and Sam
Lee. 92 mins. Explores the music of Ben Harper and his band The Innocent
Criminals; includes concert, tour, and backstage footage.
Raices. 2001. Directed by Angel Pena. Distributed by
Antojitos.com, Palmer, PR. DVD, 90 mins; booklet. Traces the history of
Puerto Rican bomba and plena, with performance and documentary footage
from New York and Puerto Rico.
Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story. 2000. Directed by Jeremy
Marre. Distributed by Facets Multi-Media, Chicago, IL. 89 mins.
Includes unreleased recordings, footage of live concerts, and inverviews
with people closely associated with Marley.
La Reina del Barrio. 2001. Produced by Ethel Jorge. Distributed by
University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning,
Berkeley, CA. Video, 30 mins. Depicts Carnival in Montevideo, Uruguay, focusing
on a performance group led by José Morgade, a composer known for his
resistance to dictatorship during the 1970s. In Spanish with English subtitles.
[ Jose ]
Rhythm & Bayous: A Road Map to Louisiana Music. 2000.
Directed by Robert Mugge. 120 mins. Eclectic view of music in Louisiana;
includes footage of rural blues, Cajun music, zydeco, and New Orleans
Saudade do futuro. 2000. Directed by César Paes. Distributed
by Laterit Productions, Paris, France. Video, 94 mins. Depicts street musicians
of Sao Paulo, in daily life and in performance; the film contains no omniscient
narration. In Portuguese with English subtitles. [ Cesar
Showbiz Is My Life. 2001. Directed by Hilary Harris and Ayr Robinson.
53 mins. Depicts the New York cabaret scene, with attention to the singers
Julie Wilson, Baby Jane Dexter, and Natalia Gamsu.
Try This at Home. 2001. Directed by Elina Shatkin, Cris
Dupont, and Thomas Loyorei. 16 mm, 80 mins. Depicts the independent arts
scene in Olympia, Washington, with footage of groups like
Sleater-Kinney and The Make Up.
Viva mi tierra caliente. The Music of Juan Reynoso. 2002.
Directed by Bruce "Pacho" Lane. Distributed by Ethnoscope Film &
Video, Rochester, NY. Betacam SP and DV, 56 mins. Follows the work and
life routines of Reynoso, a renowned folk fiddler from the Tierra
Caliente region of Mexico.
Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly. 2001. Directed by Beth Harrington. 57 mins. A film about the largely forgotten female performers of the early rockabilly era.
Ball of Fire: The Angry Goddess. 1999. Directed by Sarah
Caldwell. Distributed by University of California Extension Center for
Media and Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA. Video, 58 mins. Explores
gender ambiguities and complexities in the mudiyettu ritual dance form.
In Malayalam with English subtitles.
Les bardes de Samarkand (Ouzbékistan). 2000. Directed by Nadine
Assoune. Distributed by Mat Films, Paris, France. 52 mins. Portrait of the
singer and domra player Shaberdi Baltaev, who like some other traditional
musicians of Central Asia, has resumed a traveling life after the end of the
Soviet Union. [ Ouzbekistan ]
Borrowed Fire: The Shadow Puppets of Kerala. 2000. Directed by
Anurag Wadehra and Salil Singh. Distributed by University of California
Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA.
Video, 50 mins. A detailed examination of the Tolpava Koothu genre of
shadow puppetry, including footage of performances backstage,
puppet-making, scripts, and segments of a Ramayana staging.
Dhaminis of Jumla: Spirit Possession in Western Nepal. 2000.
Directed by C. Townsend Middleton. Distributed by University of
California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning,
Berkeley, CA Video, 35 mins. Details two spirit possession rituals in
Nepal, one in a temple context and the other a at large outdoor
Dreamtime to Dance. 2001. Directed by Andre Castaldi.
Distributed by Firelight Productions, Paddington, Australia. Video, 26
mins. Depicts the lives of several students at an indigenous Australian
The Drum and the Mask. 2000. Directed by Caroline and Donald
Yacoe. Distributed by University of California Extension Center for
Media and Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA. Video, 30 mins. Explores
initiation into a secret male society of the Tolai people of Papua New
Guinea; includes urban and rural footage.
Kawitan: Creating Childhood in Bali. 2002. Produced by Linda
Burman-Hall; directed by Eli Hollander. Distributed by University of
California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning,
Berkeley, CA. Video, 57 mins. Follows early-life rituals in Bali,
including the dedication of a six-year-old to music study.
Maha Kumb: A Mythic Confluence. 2001. Directed by Habib
Feisal. Distributed by TPI, Chantilly, VA. Video, 52 mins. Depicts the
2001 Maha Kumbh Mela festival, with its huge number and variety of
Sand Painting: Sacred Art of Tibet. 2002(1991). Directed by
Sheri Brenner. Distributed by University of California Extension Center
for Media and Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA. Video, 30 mins.
Portrays the process of creating the Kalachakra mandala, with many
A Voice from Heaven: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. 2001. Directed by
Giuseppe Asaro. Distributed by Facets Multi-Media, Chicago, IL. Video,
75 mins. Tribute to the qawwali singer, including much live concert
Amsterdammed Jazz: The Willem Breuker Kollektief. 2000.
Directed by Daniel Jouanisson. 52 mins. Film about the eminent free
jazz ensemble, depicting the group's stage antics and musical
Bolshoi-Dois séculos de história (Bolshoi-Two Centuries
of History). 2001. Directed by Liloye Boubli. Distributed by Grupo Novo de
Cinema e TV, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 16mm, 70 mins. Depicts performances and
backstage life of the Bolshoi ballet artists on a 1999 tour of Brazil. In
Portuguese with English subtitles. [ seculos historia]
Carnival in Switzerland: A World Upside Down. 2000. Produced
by Albert Gasser. Distributed by University of California Extension
Center for Media and Independent Learning, Berkeley, CA. Video, 54 mins.
Depicts Carnival in four different Swiss towns, with footage of
preparations and interviews as well as the actual festivities.
Cool & Crazy. 2001. Directed by Knut Eric Jensen.
Distributed by Amazon.com. DVD and video, 105 mins. Depicts the
activities of a male choir in a tiny village of northern Norway, as well
as the personal histories of the choir members.
Hip-Hop de Luxe. 2000. Directed by Joachim Haupt and Sabine
Pollmeier. Distributed by Parnass Film, Munich, Germany. Video, 56 mins.
Follows the German hip hop scene, including the participation of
immigrants. In German with English subtitles.
Lessons from Gulam. 1999. Directed by John Baily. Distributed
by Facets Multi-Media, Chicago, IL. Video, 49 mins. Explores music of
the Asian community in Bradford, England, focusing on a Muslim
occupational group known for qawwali singing.
Lola da Musica: Dave Clark. 2001. Directed by Sarah Vos.
Distributed by NOS Sales, Hilversum, The Netherlands. Video, 52 mins.
About British techno DJ Dave Clark, depicting his work in Paris and
London. In Dutch and English with English subtitles.
Man in the Sand: Billy Bragg & Wilco. 1999. Directed by
Kim Hopkins. Distributed by Facets Multi-Media, Chicago, IL. Video, 90
mins. Relates the process by which folk singer Billy Bragg, in
collaboration with the band Wilco and singer Natalie Merchant, created
the Mermaid Avenue albums using unpublished lyrics by Woodie Guthrie.
Weintraubs Syncopators. 2000. Directed by Jorg Susserbach and
Klaus Sander. 60 mins. Traces the history of this jazz band during 1920s
and 1930s, from their successful initial career in Berlin through
internment in the Pacific.
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