Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)
Acknowledgements:St. Lawrence University Libraries for
financial and technical support.
Editor's note: in order to aid searching, names and terms that
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Bamako Is a Miracle. 2002. Directed by Samuel Chalard
(Switzerland/Mali). Distributed by Afro Blue. VHS, 53 mins.
Documentary on the collaboration of trombonist Roswell Rudd and
Malian kora player Toumani Diabate. In French and English
with French subtitles.
Le Do qui danse. 2002. Directed by Idrissa Diabaté
(Côte d'Ivoire). Distributed by Dja-comm Production. VHS,
52 mins. A documentary on the Ivorian musician Cheikh Smith. In
French with no subtitles. [ Diabate Cote
Kirikou and the Sorceress. 1998. Directed by Michel Ocelot
(France). Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 70 mins.
Animated feature blending African folktales in the story of
Kirikou's quest to rid his village of Karaba the
Sorceress's curse. With music by Youssou N'Dour. French
with English subtitles; also available dubbed in English.
100% Arabica. 1997. Directed by Mahmoud Zemmouri
(France/Algeria). Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 85
mins. Comedy set in a banlieu on the outskirts of Paris,
starring rai singers Rachid Khaled and Cheb Mami. In French
with English subtitles.
Shanda. 2002. Directed by John and Louise Riber (Zimbabwe).
Distributed by Dandemutande. DVD, 70 mins. Meaning
"work," Shanda is a documentary of Oliver
Mtukudzi's career, including twelve songs from 1976 to 2000
along with interviews and archival photographs and footage.
Stambali. 1999. Directed by Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba (Tunisia).
Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 52 mins. Documentary on
the Tunisian religious ritual of the same name, focusing on the
rites of the disciples of Sidi Saad. In Arabic and French with
Stopping the Music: Music Censorship in South Africa. 2002.
Directed by Douglas Mitchell (South Africa). Distributed by the
Danish Film Institute. VHS, 54 mins. Explores the relationship
between protest singer Roger Lucey and the former security branch
policeman, Paul Erasmus, who was assigned during the apartheid era
to stop Lucey's music.
Zimbabwe Children's Singing Games: Twenty Singing Games and
Dances in the Shona Language for Children. 2003. Directed by
Natalie Kreutzer (USA). Distributed by Dandemutande. DVD. Based on
field tapes from the Nharira Communal Lands, this instructional
video includes footage of games, descriptions of their cultural
context, and instructions for recreating them.
Afro-Punk: The Rock and Roll Nigger Experience. 2003.
Directed by James Spooner (USA). Distributed by www.afropunk.com. 35mm, 73 mins.
Exploration of race identity in the punk scene, shot by a DIY
filmmaker and based on more than eighty interviews from across the
The Closing of Winterland. 2003 (1978). Produced by Jeffrey
Norman and Devid Lemieux (USA). Distributed by Monterey Media Inc.
DVD, 390 mins. Extensive footage of the closing party at San
Francisco's Winterland Arena on New Year's Eve in 1978. The
Grateful Dead performs, interspersed with interviews with Bob Weir,
Mickey Hart and Ken Kesey, special appearances by the Blue Brothers
Band, and John Cipollina, Lee Oskar, Matt Kelly, and Greg Errico
playing with the Dead.
Crowded at the Bottom. 2003. Directed by Jim Eidt (Canada).
Distributed by Hiline Videoworks. DVD, 47 mins. Documentary on the
life of Dave Harris, a blues musician and busker.
Cuando los Espíritus Bailan Mambo/When the Spirits Dance
Mambo. 2002. Directed by Marta Moreno Vega and Robert Shepard
(Cuba/United States). Distributed by www.whenthespiritsdancemambo.org.
35mm, 91mins. Documentary tracing the role of sacred African
thought and practices in the formation of Cuban society, culture,
and music. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. [ Espiritus ]
Dancing to New Orleans. 2003. Directed by Michael Murphy
(USA). Distributed by New Video. DVD, 89 mins. Journeying from
Shreveport to New Orleans, this documentary features performances
by the Neville Brothers, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown,
Clifton Chenier, and others, interrupted by interviews and
descriptions of the social, economic, and musical history of
Deacon John's Jump Blues: A Concert of Music from the
Film. 2003. Directed by David Niles (UK). Distributed by Image
Entertainment. DVD, 60 mins. A concert featuring New Orleans
bandleader and singer Deacon John, recorded January 7, 2002, at the
Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. With guest appearances by Dr. John,
Henry Butler, Allen Toussaint, Wardell Quezergue, and the Zion
The Definitive Elvis. 25th Anniversary: August 16, 1977-August
16, 2002. 2002. Distributed by Passport International
Productions. DVD, 960 mins. Eight-DVD set with two programs on each
DVD. Contents: "The Memphis Years"; "The Television
Years"; "The Hollywood Years I"; "The Hollywood
Years II"; "The Army Years"; "The Memphis
Mafia"; "Elvis and Priscilla"; "Elvis and the
Colonel"; "The Many Loves of Elvis"; "The
Intimate Loves of Elvis"; "The Comeback"; "The
Vegas Years"; "The Man and His Music"; "The
Spiritual Soul of Elvis"; "Elvis Is Gone"; "All
the King's Disciples: The Fans."
5 Conversations about Soul. 2003. Directed by Scott
Andrews-Dunn (USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 63
mins. Interviews with critically acclaimed, established and
emerging soul artists such as Jaguar Wright, George Clinton, and
Teddy Pendergrass, with particular attention to their thoughts on
homogenization and diversity in music industries.
Frank Yankovic: America's Polka King. 1995. Directed by
Rees Candee (USA). Distributed by White Star Video. VHS, 58 mins. A
collection of interviews, performance footage, and archival images
of Frankie Yankovic and his band. Hosted by Myron Floren and his
Inside Hip Hop. 2003. Directed by Marcos Antonio Miranda
(USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 88 mins. A series
of interviews conducted by Fat Man Scoop (Hot 97 radio personality)
with the likes of Baby of Cash Money Records, Russell Simmons of
Def Jam Records, and Damon Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records on the
business of hip hop.
King of the Streets: The Ruler of Urban Marketing. 2002.
Directed by Anthony Quinn (USA). Distributed by Image
Entertainment. DVD, 63 mins. A documentary on street
teams—hip hop promoters who hand out flyers and put up
posters for concerts and events.
Lee Scratch Perry: The Unlimited Destruction. 2002 (1991).
Directed by Ludo Timmermans (UK). Distributed by Jet Star
Phonographics Ltd. DVD, 48 mins. Documentary featuring Scratch (aka
"Pipecock Jakxson," the "Upsetter," or
"Super Ape"), his work, his word play, and his madness,
shot primarily in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Long Road to Cabo. 2003. Directed by Gil Bettman (USA).
Distributed by BMG Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 89 mins. Documentary
of the summer 2002 tour of Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas.
Describing the making of the film, Hagar said, "Why not film
everything? Document the whole damn tour, the whole damn
One Love. 2003. Directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts
(Norway/UK). Distributed by Exposed Film Productions. 35mm, 100
mins. A Jamaican version of Romeo and Juliet, this feature
film develops around the love between reggae musician Kassa
(Ky-Mani Marley) and the gospel-singing daughter of a devout
pentecostal preacher (Cherine Anderson).
Resistencia: Hip Hop in Colombia. 2002. Directed by Tom
Feiling (UK/Colombia). Distributed by Faction Films. 35mm, 51 mins.
Documentary on street culture and the impact of rap in Colombia.
Follows a summer in the lives of some of Colombia's finest
rappers, DJs and break-dancers, including Asilo 38, Poetas de la
Oscuridad, Atomic Rockers Crew, Cescru Enlace, Stormbob 75, DJ
Fresh, and others. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Straight Outta Hunters Point. 2001. Directed by Kevin Epps
(USA). Distributed by www.mastamind.com. DVD, 84 mins.
Documentary portrait of the Hunters Point Housing Projects in San
Francisco. Described by Eric Arnold of the San Francisco Bay
Guardian as "cinema vérité in its
rawest form." [ verite]
Strange Früt: Rock Apocrypha. 1998. Directed by Cary
Loren (USA). Distributed by Lobsterworld Films. VHS, 61 mins.
History of Detroit rock, television, and popular culture, mixing
interviews of musicians and promoters with archival television
footage of horror film host The Ghoul, children's entertainer
Poopdeck Paul, and others. Part of an art installation first
exhibited at Boyman's Museum in Holland in 1998, with a
soundtrack by Destroy All Monsters. [ Frut
Tupac VS. 2002. Directed by Ken Peters (USA). Distributed by
Xenon Pictures. VHS and DVD, 70 mins. Focuses on Tupac Shakur's
early life, education, influences, and philosophy, and features an
interview from a year before his death in 1996.
La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero/The Last Rumba of Papa
Montero. 1992. Directed by Octavio Cortazar (Martinique/Cuba).
Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 52 mins. Docu-drama on
the rumba and the life of Papa Montero, a Cuban
rumbero who was assassinated during carnival. In Spanish
with English subtitles.
Viva Mi Tierra Caliente: The Music of Juan Reynoso. 2002.
Directed by Bruce "Pacho" Lane. Distributed by Ethnoscope
Film and Video. VHS, 55 mins. Documentary on a
"calentano" violinist from Guerrero, Mexico. In
English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Tha Westside. 2002. Directed by Todd Williams (USA).
Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 74 mins. A look at West
Coast rap's notorious past, present, and future, with footage
of and interviews with Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight, Snoop Doggy Dogg,
Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and others.
The Work of Director Chris Cunningham: A Collection of Music
Videos, Short Films, Video Installations, and Commericals.
2003. Produced by Richard Brown and John Payne (USA). Distributed
by Palm Pictures. DVD, 400 mins. Includes the director's music
videos for Autechre, Aphex Twin, Portishead, Madonna, Leftfield,
Squarepusher, and Björk; commercials for Sony Playstation,
Levis, and Nissan; video installations; and a documentary on the
making Björk's "All Is Full of Love" music
video. [ Bjork ]
The Work of Director Michel Gondry: A Collection of Music
Videos, Short Films, Documentaries, and Stories. 2003. Produced
by Richard Brown and Julie Fong (USA). Distributed by Palm
Pictures. DVD, 400 mins. Includes the director's music videos
for Kylie Minogue, the Chemical Brothers, Björk, Beck, the Foo
Fighters, Daft Punk, Cibo Matto, the Rolling Stones, Massive
Attack, and others, along with much of the director's other
short work. [ Bjork ]
The World of American Indian Dance. 2003. Directed by Randy
Martin (USA). Distributed by Four Directions Entertainment. DVD, 65
mins. Introduction to powwow dancing filmed at the Crow Fair on
Little Big Horn Mountain in Montana. Narrated by Peter Coyote.
Asia and Oceania
Breaking the Silence: Afghan Music. 2002. Directed by Simon
Broughton (UK). Distributed by the Danish Film Institute. VHS, 60
mins. Shot in Kabul shortly after the fall of the Taliban regime,
this documentary describes the conditions of music in Afghanistan
during the last twenty years.
Free to Sing? The Music of Suman Chatterjee. 2003. Directed
by Sudipto Chatterjee (India/USA). Distributed by Epic Actors'
Workshop & Choir. DVD, 57 mins. Documentary of a political
singer from Calcutta; contains interviews with Chatterjee as well
as poets, journalists, artists, intellectuals and fellow musicians,
interlaced with song sequences and scenes from Calcutta. Narrated
by Pete Seeger.
The Story of the Weeping Camel. 2003. Directed by
Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni (Mongolia/Italy). Distributed
by ThinkFilm. 35mm, 90 mins. Feature-length drama-documentary in
which a family of camel herders summons a string player to charm a
camel into taking care of her newborn colt. With a cast made up of
Mongolian nomads. Mongolia's first submission for an Academy
Award. In Mongolian with English subtitles.
Zakhmehaye Eshgh/Plectrums of Love. 2002. Directed by Majid
Hamidiani and Amir Hossein Zamankhani (Iran). Distributed by Majid
Hamidiani. VHS, 20 mins. The love story of an old man and his
dotar. In Farsi with English subtitles.
David Bowie: Sound and Vision. 2002. Directed by Rick Hull
(UK). Distributed by New Video. VHS and DVD, 88 mins. Documentary
of Bowie's work from Space Oddity (1972) to the present.
Fasanky. 2002. Directed by Petr Hajn (Czech Republic).
Distributed by Czech Television. VHS, 57 mins. A documentary of the
carnival and folk music of the village of Strání. In
Czech with English subtitles. [ Strani
Flamenco. 2003 (1995). Directed by Carlos Saura (Spain).
Distributed by New Yorker Films. VHS and DVD, 100 mins. A series of
flamenco dances performed by three hundred dancers and
photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro.
Iag Bari/Brass on Fire. 2002. Directed by Ralf Marschalleck
(Germany/Romania). Distributed by Um Welt Film. 35mm, 103 mins.
Documentary of the brass band, Fanfare Ciocarlia, and their rise to
fame. The film follows them from the Moldavian village of Zece
Prajini to Bucharest and beyond. In Romanian and German with
Inside Björk. 2002. Directed by Christopher Walker
(UK). Distributed by Navarre Corporation. DVD, 51 mins. Documentary
tracing Björk's career from early work in local Icelandic
bands through her work with the Sugarcubes and on to her solo
career. Includes interviews with Elton John, Missy Elliot, the RZA,
and others. [ Bjork ]
Kosovo: Through The Eyes of Local Rom (Gypsy) Musicians.
1999. Produced, directed, and distributed by Svanibor Pettan. VHS,
23 mins. Short documentary filmed between 1989 and 1991, with
footage from music festivals and interviews with musicians.
Laibach: A Film from Slovenia. 1993. Directed by Daniel
Landin and Chris Bohn (Slovenia/USA). Distributed by Atavistic
Video. VHS, 60 mins. Continuing mythology of the industrial band
Laibach and their relation to society and the state. In Slovenian,
German, and English with English subtitles.
Rendez-vous u Sarkamenu/Rendezvous in Sharkamen. 2001.
Directed by Vladimir Perovic (Yugoslavia). Distributed by BK
Telekom. VHS, 8 mins. Short surrealistic film about a recording of
a song. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.
Sigøjnermusik/Gypsy Music. 2000. Directed by Jacob
Remin (Denmark). Distributed by the Danish Film Institute. VHS, 29
mins. A somewhat anarchic journey through the Gypsy world, moving
from India to ghetto and from luxury cars to flamenco dance,
with music by Gulabi Sapera, Emilio Amaya, Lelo Nika, and others.
In Danish, Spanish, and English with English subtitles. [ Sigojnermusik ]
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Epic Actors Workshop & Choir
87-40 Francis Lewis Boulevard #B-53
Queens Village, NY 11427
Ethnoscope Film and Video
PO Box 92353
Rochester, NY 14692
Exposed Film Productions
www.exposed.no [ Mollergt ]
26 Shacklewell Lane
London E8 2EZ
Four Directions Entertainment
2846 Hagel Road
Victoria, BC V9B 2J4
9333 Oso Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Jet Star Phonographics Ltd.
155 Acton Lane
London NW10 7NJ
c/o Book Beat
Oak Park, MI 48237
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
6601 Parkway Circle
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
126 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10011
New Yorker Films
601 West 26th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Passport International Productions
10520 Magnolia Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
155 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Um Welt Film
www.umweltfilm.de [ Rosenthalerstrasse ]
White Star Video
195 Highway 36
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
1440 9th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401