Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)
This installment of the film/videography includes also a number of older
films from Documentary Educational Resources that did not appear in earlier
Acknowledgements:St. Lawrence University Libraries for financial and technical
Africa | Americas | Asia
and Oceania | Europe | Distributor Information
Cesaria Evora: Morna Blues. 2004. Directed by Anaïs Prosaïc
and Eric Mulet (France). Distributed by Shanachie Entertainment. VHS
and DVD, 60 mins. Depiction of the life of the "barefoot diva” from
Cape Verde, including also footage of a recent performance in Louisiana
and a recording session in New York. Part of the World Music Portraits series from Shanachie. In Portuguese and French with English subtitles.
Salif Keita, citoyen ambassadeur. 2004 (1999). Directed by
Jean Pierre Limosin (France). Distributed by Shanachie Entertainment.
VHS and DVD, 50 mins. Biographical study of the renowned Malian
musician, with complete performances of "Yelen’na,” "Sina,” "Folon,” and
"Mandjou.” Part of the World Music Portraits series from Shanachie. In French with English subtitles.
Bluegrass Journey. 2003. Directed by Ruth Oxenberg and Rob
Schumer (USA). Distributed by Blue Stores Films. VHS and DVD, 86
mins. Documentary of the contemporary bluegrass scene, shot primarily
at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Ancramdale, New York, and the
annual World of Bluegrass events in Louisville, Kentucky. Includes
performances by the Del McCoury Band, Nickel Creek, the Peter Rowan
Texas Trio, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and others.
Carlinhos Brown. 2004.Directed by Claude Santiago
(USA).Distributed by Shanachie Entertainment. DVD, 52 mins. Profile
of the Brazilian popular musician, featuring performances of "Uma
Brasileira,” "Vide Gal,” and "A Namorada.” Part of the World Music Portraits series from Shanachie.
Compay Segundo. 2003. Directed by Claude Santiago (France).
Distributed by Shanachie Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 60 mins.
Biography of the noted Cuban musician featured in Buena Vista Social Club, who died at the age of 95 in 2003. Part of the World Music Portraits series from Shanachie.
F.E.D.S.2003. Directed by Kwame Amouku (USA).Distributed by
Image Entertainment. DVD, 86 mins. Hip-hop documentary shot in
association with F.E.D.S. Magazine (an acronym for "Finally Every
Dimension of the Streets”), with segments featuring Alejandro Alonso,
Antoine Clark, PeeWee Kirkland, and T. Rodgers, and music by D.N.A.
The Great American Songbook. 2003. Directed by Andrew J.
Kuehn (USA). Distributed by Warner Home Video. VHS and DVD, 174 mins.
History of American popular song hosted by Michael Feinstein, with
performance footage of Bessie Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Judy
Garland, and others.
Gunsmoke Blues. 2004. Produced by Toby Byron (USA).
Distributed by Universal Music & Video. DVD, 140 mins. Documentary
assembled out of 1971 footage shot by Link Wyler and other members of
the Gunsmoke TV crew of blues performances by Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, and George "Harmonica” Smith.
Jimmy Cliff.2003 (1996). Directed by Francois Bergeron
(USA). Distributed by Shanachie Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 60
mins. Biographical sketch of the well-known Jamaican singer. Part of
the World Music Portraits series from Shanachie.
Mayor of the Sunset Strip. 2004 (2003). Directed by George
Hickenlooper (USA). Distributed by First Look Home Entertainment. VHS
and DVD, 94 mins. The second highest-selling documentary of all time,
after Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine (2002), this film
revolves around the life of Rodney Bingenheimer, Los Angeles-based
impresario and DJ for alternative radio station KROQ. Described by J.
Hoberman of the Village Voice as "engaging, if ultimately
wearisome,” the film features a lengthy credited cast that includes Tori
Amos, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Courtney Love, Phil
Spector, Brian Wilson, Rob Zombie, and many more.
The MC: Why We Do It. 2005. Directed by Peter Spirer
(USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 77 mins. Documentary
of the work of hip-hop MCs, narrated by actor Mekhi Phifer and featuring
performances by and interviews with Kanye West, Nas, Ghostface Killah,
50 Cent, Raekwon, and others.
Morris Family Old Time Music Festival. 1980. Directed by
Robert Gates (USA). Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.
16mm, VHS, and DVD, 30 mins. Film of a 1972 music festival held at the
home of John and Dave Morris in Ivydale, West Virginia, featuring
performances by John Martin, Aunt Minnie Moss, Uncle Homer Walker, and
Only the Strong Survive: A Celebration of Soul. 2004
(2002). Directed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (USA).
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 95 mins. A
where-are-they-now film featuring the likes of Jerry Butler, Isaac
Hayes, Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Carla and Rufus Thomas, and Mary
Wilson. In the interviews he conducts in the film, entertainment
journalist Roger Friedman spends his time "tossing questions as squishy
as Jell-O and heaping praise on the performers for their unexceptional
appearances on the oldies circuit,” writes James Sullivan of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Real Buddy Holly Story. 2004 (1985). Directed by Richard
Spence (UK). Distributed by White Star. VHS and DVD, 86 mins.
Re-release of the 1985 BBC documentary hosted by Paul McCartney.
Includes interviews with Keith Richards, Sonny Curtis, Phil and Don
Everly, and the widow of Norman Petty.
El Rey del Bandolin/The Mandolin King. 1985. Directed by
John Dickinson (Argentina). Distributed by Documentary Educational
Resources. VHS and DVD, 28 mins. Film about Cruz Quinal, an instrument
maker and musician living near Cumana, Venezuela.
A Sigh and a Wish: Helen Creighton’s Maritimes. 2001.
Directed by Donna Davies (Canada). Distributed by Documentary
Educational Resources. VHS and DVD, 73 mins. Film documenting
folklorist Helen Creighton’s work collecting folklore and music,
primarily in eastern Canada.
Tough, Pretty or Smart. 1981. Directed by Richard Kane and
Dillon Bustin (USA). Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.
16mm, VHS, and DVD, 29 mins. Portrayal of the Patoka Valley Boys, a
six-member string band from rural Indiana.
Asia and Oceania
Cowboy & Maria in Town. 1991. Directed by Les McLaren
& Annie Stiven (Australia). Distributed by Documentary Educational
Resources. VHS and DVD, 59 mins. A film that tells the story of two
migrants to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea: Maria scrapes by on her
husband’s income as a security guard while Cowboy supports his family by
playing his homemade electric guitar on street corners.
Mythical Tunes of Biwa: Yoshiko Sakata. 2003. Directed by
Akio Ishiba (Japan). Distributed by Films for the Humanities and
Sciences. VHS and DVD, 48 mins. Performances of classical songs and
original compositions by Yoshiko Sakata; narrated by Katie Adler. In
English and Japanese with English voiceovers or subtitles.
The Berlin Philharmonic Story: Views of a Free Orchestral Republic. 2005
(2001). Directed by Günter Atteln (Germany). Distributed by
EuroArts. DVD, 60 mins. Documentary of the history of the Berlin
Philharmonic from the end of the nineteenth century to the present
through interviews, archival recordings, and excerpts of performances.
In German or English.
Cheb Mami: The Kid. 2004. Directed by Eric Sandrin (USA).
Distributed by Shanachie Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Tour of
the North African quarter of Paris with the "Prince of Rai.” Part of
the World Music Portraits series from Shanachie.
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