Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)
Along with recent releases, this issue includes several older
films distributed by Berkeley Media LLC that did not appear in earlier
Acknowledgements: St. Lawrence University Libraries for financial and technical support.
General | Africa | Americas | Asia
and Oceania | Europe | Distributor Information
Intellectual Property: Copyright and All That Jazz. 2005. Directed by Bill Wisneski (USA).
Distributed by Insight Media. VHS and DVD, 30 mins. Traces the
history of copyright law in respect to music, and discusses the legal
ramifications of downloading music from the internet.
The Jumping Flea: Tales of the Modern Ukulele. 2005. Directed by Paul Kraus (USA). Distributed by North Pacific Productions. DVD, 56 mins. Study of the ukulele,
from its introduction to Hawai’i in the 1800s through the spread of
its popularity on the U.S. mainland following the Panama Pacific
International Exposition in 1915 to the present. Focuses especially on
contemporary instrument builders and performers, and showcasing the
beautiful inlay work of Larry Robinson and the equally exquisite
playing of Bill Tapia.
Pop Lyrics. 2000. Directed by Gail Evans (UK).
Distributed by Insight Media. DVD, 29 mins. Considers the relations
between lyrics and youth culture from the 1950s to the present, with
discussions of songs by Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Marley, the Sex
Pistols, Madonna, Nirvana, Public Enemy, and Eminem.
What Is Music? 1989. Directed by Brian Johnson (UK).
Distributed by Insight Media. DVD, 60 mins. Exploration of the
acoustic and cultural underpinnings of music.
African Art in Motion: The Masks of the Nuna People of Burkina Faso. 2005.
Directed by Christopher D. Roy and Abdoulaye Bamogo (USA/Burkina
Faso). Distributed by CustomFlix. DVD, 90 mins. Includes three
videos of masks in performance in 2002-05 in Burkina Faso, two from the
villages of Tissé and Savara, and one from the annual mask festival at
Pouni. With short narrated segments on Nuna religion, history, and
The Chopi Timbila Dance. 1980. Directed by Andrew Tracey (USA/Mozambique).
Distributed by Insight Media. VHS, 40 mins. Explanation of the
basic elements of the xylophone orchestras of the Chopi of Mozambique.
Drums of Africa: Talking Drums of Techiman. 2004.
Directed by Christopher D. Roy (USA/Ghana). Distributed by CustomFlix.
DVD, 46 mins. Footage shot by Christopher Roy, professor of art
history at the University of Iowa, at a Bono funeral at the royal
palace of Techiman in February, 2004. The Akan scholar Kofi Sakyi
provides a brief introduction to each piece.
American Aloha: Hula beyond Hawai'i. 2003. Directed
by Lisette Marie Flanary and Evann Siebens (USA). Distributed by CustomFlix.
DVD, 55 mins. Documentary about the revival and persistence of Hawaiian
cultural practices among Hawaiian populations in California. Focuses
on the work of three hula teachers in California: Sissy Kaio
in Carson, Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu in Oakland, and Patrick Makuakane in San
Fifty Miles from Times Square. 1972. Directed by John
Cohen (USA). Distributed by Berkeley Media LLC. VHS and DVD,
43 mins. Classic portrait of life in Putnam County, New York, with
its "old-time fiddlers, farmers, commuters, and hippies."
Latin Nights. 2005 (1997). Directed by Anthony Azzopardi
(Canada). Distributed by V.I.E.W. Inc. DVD, 78 mins. Exploration
of Latin American music and musicians in Canada, hosted by Lise Waxer.
With interviews and performances by Ramiro's Latin Orchestra, Banda Brava,
Nazka, Cocada, Onda Latina, Dario Domingues, Memo Acevedo's Latin Jazz Quintet,
Fantasia, Romulo Larrea's Tango Ensemble, and the Hugo Torres Group, and
with an appearance by Tito Puente.
Legendary New Orleans Musicians. 1989. Directed by
Preston McClanahan (USA). Distributed by Efor Films. DVD, 88 mins.
Documentary built around bassist Chester Zardis, originally released by
Rhapsody Films. Narrated by Danny Barker, Milt Hinton, and Bill
Russell, and including an extensive interview with Alan Lomax, along
with performances by guitarist Irving Charles, trombonist Louis Nelson,
trumpeters Kid Sheik Colar and Wendell Brunious, saxophonist Rasheed
Akbar, clarinetist Michael White, and others.
Mas Fever: Inside Trinidad Carnival. 1996. Directed
by Glenn Micallef (USA/Trinidad and Tobago). Distributed by Berkeley
Media LLC. VHS and DVD, 55 mins. Study of the synthesis of European
and African elements in Carnival, with sequences on the history and
culture of steel drum and calypso music.
Mi Puerto Rico. 2005 (1995). Directed by Raquel Ortiz
and Sharon Simon (USA). Distributed by Berkeley Media LLC. VHS and
DVD, 89 mins. Exploration of the culture and history of Puerto Rico,
focusing on the links between Puerto Rico and New York. Written and
narrated by Raquel Ortiz, and accompanied by a wealth of traditional
Puerto Rican music.
Monkey Dance. 2005. Directed by Julie Mallozzi
(USA). Distributed by Berkeley Media LLC. VHS and DVD, 65 mins.
Documentary following three Cambodian-American teenagers, all of whom
belong to the Angkor Dance Troupe, as they struggle with the past and
present in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Asia and Oceania
Beijing. 1981. Directed by Peter Wang (USA/China).
Distributed by Berkeley Media LLC. VHS and DVD, 58 mins. Portrait
of Beijing, including a backstage tour of the Peking Opera, a family reunion
of four generations, and an interview with the brother of China's last emperor.
With music by Liang Mingyue.
Green Bush. 2005. Directed by Warwick Thornton
(Australia). Distributed by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media
Association. DVD, 26 mins. Delightful short film shot in Alice
Springs and starring David Page as a DJ at an Aboriginal community
radio station. Winner, Best Short Film, Panorama Section, at the
Berlin Film Festival in 2005.
Keep on Dancing. 2005. Directed by Solo Avital (Israel).
Distributed by CustomFlix. DVD, 24 mins. Documentary of the
aftermath of the June 2001 attack on a nightclub in Tel Aviv, taking its
title from the words atop a memorial erected by the parents of the victims,
"Lo nafsik lircod" (We won't stop dancing). Compilation
of interviews with musicians, promoters, and fans in the four days leading
up to a party on Independence Day the following year.
Salsa in Japan: A Japanese and Latino Mix. 2003.
Produced by Elizabeth Chamberlin (USA/Japan). Distributed by Berkeley
Media LLC. VHS and DVD, 25 mins. Examination of two types of salsa
clubs in Japan, one that draws more Japanese people and another that
draws more Latinos. Includes a brief history of salsa and an
exploration of the connections between Japan and Latin America. In
English, Spanish, and Japanese with English subtitles.
Suzhou. 1981. Directed by Sue Yung Li (USA/China).
Distributed by Berkeley Media LLC. VHS and DVD, 28 mins. Portrait
of this Yangzi delta city, exploring the practices of silk cultivation,
cooking, singing, storytelling, and gardening. Described by Judy Stone
in the San Francisco Chronicle as "not only an exquisitely
beautiful film about the 'Venice' of China, but a subtle commentary on the
continuity in the Chinese way of life."
(No entries for Europe in this issue)
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