Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)
Acknowledgements: St. Lawrence University Libraries for financial and technical support.
General | Africa | Americas | Asia
and Oceania | Europe | Distributor Information
Moog. 2005. Directed by Hans Fjellestad (USA/UK/Japan). Distributed
by Plexifilm. DVD, 70 mins. In the liner notes, the director writes, "The
film does not track the history of electronic music. It is not a chronological
history of the synthesizer. No archive still photos, no narration. Moog
is focused on the man today, in his own words.” With additional interviews
and performances by Stereolab, Keith Emerson, Gershon Kingsley, DJ Spooky,
Herb Deutsch, Pamelia Kurstin, DJ Logic, Tino Corp., and others.
OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music. 2006. Produced by Thomas
Ziegler, Jason Gross, and Russell Charno (USA). Distributed by Ellipsis
Arts. DVD, 125 mins. Rare archival performances, interviews, animations,
and experimental video works by the pioneers of electronic music, including
Clara Rockmore, John Cage, Morton Subotnick, Bebe Barron, Iannis Xenakis,
Laurie Spiegel, Robert Ashley, and Alvin Lucier.
Le festival au désert/Festival in the Desert. 2004. Directed
by Lionel Brouet (Mali/France). Distributed by World Village. DVD, 52 mins.
Atmospheric documentary about the 2003 Festival in the Desert in Essakane,
Mali. Featuring performances by Tartit, Oumou Sangaré, Lo’Jo,
Tinariwen, Robert Plant and Justin Adams, Blackfire, Django, and Ali Farka
Touré. In French and various African languages with English subtitles.
Casino cubano. n.d. Directed by Philip Ross (Cuba/USA). Distributed
by Boogalu Productions. DVD, 46 mins. In this video, dancer Lázaro
Noriega Aguire offers instruction in the casino cubano. Also includes a
segment on dance exercises, and concludes with a performance of several
dances. In Spanish with no English subtitles, but a printed English-language
translation is provided.
Danza charanguero. 2006. Directed by Philip Ross (Cuba/USA). Distributed
by Boogalu Productions. DVD, 73 mins. Party-performance with music by Orquesta
Estrellas Cubanas and demonstrations of the danzón, bolero,
mambo, chachachá, and salsa-casino by
acclaimed dancers. Also includes interviews with a dance aficionado, Carlos
Pérez Estrada; a singer, Ernesto Oviedo La Portilla; and the former
director of the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, Juan Garcia
Fernández.[danzon carlos perez estrada folklorico
juan garcia fernandez chachacha]
Dark Planet: Visions of America. 2005. Directed by Jason Mitchell
(USA). Distributed by Illuminati Pictures. DVD, 109 mins. Exploration of
four underground youth subcultures: skinhead, straightedge, black metal,
and zealot. With performances by Already Dead, Averse Sefira, Brass Knuckle
Choir, Intelligentzia, Living Sacrifice, Mat Kearney, Noctuary, Strife,
Urban Sophisticates, and others.
Friends Forever. 2003. Directed by Ben Wolfinsohn (USA). Distributed
by Plexifilm. DVD, 80 mins. Film made on the 2000 U.S., tour of Friends
Forever, a drum-and-guitar duo who played shows from the back of their van.
As the band claims in the liner notes, "If there’s anything
we’re good at, we’re good at making the worst music ever made.”
God’s Rock. 2005. Directed by Bertrand Deveaud (USA). Distributed
by Films for the Humanities and Sciences. VHS and DVD, 50 mins. Originally
produced in 1999, this documentary examines the role of Christian rock in
the spiritual and worldly lives of contemporary Christians in the United
Heavy Metal: Louder than Life. 2005. Directed by Dick Carruthers
(UK). Distributed by FremantleMedia. DVD, 240 mins. Extensive history of
metal, featuring Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Iron
Maiden, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Motorhead, Marilyn Manson, Pantera, Metallica,
Napalm Death, Korn, Mastodon, Slipknot, and Shadow Falls.
Spend an Evening with Saddle Creek. 2005. Directed by Jason Kulbel
and Rob Walters (USA). Distributed by Plexifilm. DVD, 90 mins. Oral and
visual history of the first ten years of independent Omaha label, Saddle
Creek Records. Based on interviews done in December, 2003, and January,
2004, and featuring the groups Azure Ray, Cursive, Desaparecidos, Now it’s
Overhead, Rilo Kiley, Sorry about Dresden, and others.
Under the Radar. 2005. Directed by J. Plunky Branch (USA). Distributed
by Black Fire Music/N.A.M.E. Brand Records. DVD, 86 mins. Survey of Afro-Cuban
musical genres, including rumba, changui, son,
descarga, jazz, and hip-hop, shot primarily in Havana, Guantanamo,
and Santiago de Cuba. Labelled an "African-American documentary on
Afro-Cuban music,” this documentary was written, produced, edited,
and directed by jazz saxophonist J. Plunky Branch, and shot by his son,
hip-hop producer Jamiah Fire Branch.
Asia and Oceania
Beijing Opera Masks: The Face of Chinese Tradition. 2005. Directed
by Dong-ha Lee (China). Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
DVD, 17 mins. Exploration of Beijing opera through the art of mask-making,
focusing on the 76-year-old mask-maker Xiang Qi Shang. One of six videos
in the series Asian Masters: Cultural Traditions, Esoteric Arts.
Hindustani Slide. 2005 (1995). Directed by Abhjit Dasgupta (India).
Distributed by Rounder Records. DVD, 80 mins. Profile of the slide-guitar
work of Debashish Bhattacharya, who is accompanied on the tabla by Kumar
Bose in this 1994 performance from the Max Müller Bhawan in Calcutta.
The Lau of Malaita. 2003 (1987). Directed by Leslie Woodhead (Solomon
Islands/UK). Distributed by Shanachie Entertainment. DVD, 51 mins. Part
of the Disappearing World series, this ethnographic film includes
performances of Lau song and dance, not to mention a brief excerpt of Lau
watching a videotape of Grease. Made with the assistance of anthropologist
Rock ‘n’ Roll London. 2006. Directed by Paul Keenan (UK). Distributed
by Artsmagic Ltd. DVD, 70 mins. Tour of historic 1960s rock sites in London,
from Shepherd’s Bush to Soho and beyond. Led by Art Wood, older brother
of Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones.
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