Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)
Acknowledgements: St. Lawrence University Libraries for financial and technical
Africa | Americas | Asia
and Oceania | Europe | Distributor Information
On the Rumba River. 2008 (2006). Directed by Jacques Sarasin (France/Democratic
Republic of Congo). Distributed by First Run Features. DVD, 82 min. Follows
Antoine "Wendo” Kolosoy, who released his first album in 1948,
as he journeys across Congo in the late 1990s. In Lingala with English subtitles.
Aboriginality. 2008. Directed by Dominique Keller and Tom Jackson
(Canada). Distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. DVD, 14 min.
Five-minute-long animated film that follows an urban youth as he heads down
the mystical Red Road. With a nine-minute short featuring traditional hoop
dance performer and hip-hop dance performer Dallas Arcand.
And This Is Free: The Life and Times of Chicago’s Legendary Maxwell
Street. 2008. Directed by Mike Shea (USA). Distributed by Shanachie
Records. DVD, 100 min. Re-release of this 1964 film. Includes Shuli Eshel’s
film, Maxwell Street: A Living Memory (2002), which captures the essence
of the once thriving Maxwell Street Market through the children and grandchildren
of the Eastern European Jewish immigrants who built it. Accompanying the
DVD is a seventeen-track CD overview of blues on Maxwell Street going back
to the 1920s, and a 36-page booklet of photos and anecdotes.
El corrido mexicano: Música y cuernos de chivo/The Mexican Corrido:
Music and Goat Horns. 2007. Directed by Ignacio Palencia (Mexico/USA).
Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. DVD, 57 min. Performances
by Los Sierreños, El Palomo y el Gorrión, Los Tucanes de Tijuana,
Grupo Exterminador, and Los Tigres del Norte, filmed on location in Mexico
and San Diego. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Compañeras. 2008. Produced and directed by Elizabeth Massie
and Matthew Buzzell (USA). Distributed by Filmakers Library. DVD, 59 min.
Profiles America’s first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna
de Los Angeles, which was founded in 1994.
Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo. 2008 (2006). Written and
directed by Les Claypool. Distributed by National Lampoon. DVD, 91 min.
Mockumentary in which a young graduate filmmaker from UCLA follows the jam
band Electric Apricot to the West Coast music festival, Festeroo.
Girls Rock! 2007. Directed by Shane King and Arne Johnson (USA).
Distributed by Liberation Entertainment. DVD, 89 min. Follows several campers
through their week-long stay at the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp
Homemade Hillbilly Jam. 2007 (2005). Directed by Rick Minnich (Germany/USA).
Distributed by First Run Features. DVD, 80 min. History of music in the
Ozark Mountains of southwestern Missouri, shot on Super 16 and featuring
Big Smith, the Pine Ridge Singers, and the Baldknobbers.
Improvisation. 2007. Written and directed by Norman Granz (USA).
Distributed by Eagle Eye Media. Two DVDs, 183 min. Re-release of this 1950
jazz film featuring Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ella
Fitzgerald, and Hank Jones. Includes additional photographs taken on the
set, interviews about Charlie Parker and the sessions, a gallery of David
Stone Martin’s drawings, introductions by Nat Hentoff, and the complete
Oscar-nominated 1944 short film, "Jammin’ the Blues.”
Marjoe. 2008 (1972). Directed by Sarah Kernochan and Howard Smith
(USA). Distributed by Docurama. DVD, 88 min. Exposé of Marjoe Gortner,
an evangelist child prodigy who grew up to expose himself as a fraud. DVD
release also includes Thoth (2002), directed by Sarah Kernochan, which focuses
on a character who performs one-man operas in a strange language on the
streets of New York.
Música Cubana: Live in Tokyo. 2005. Directed by Mikio Kawasaki
and German Kral (Japan/Canada/USA). Distributed by Video Service Corp. DVD,
90 min. The late Pio Leiva leads an all-star collection of Cuban musicians
in this film produced by Wim Wenders.
Rock the Bells. 2006. Directed by Denis Henry Hennelly and Casey
Suchan (USA). Distributed by Warner Home Video. DVD, 104 min. Festival producer
Chang Weisberg puts everything on the line for his impossible dream of reuniting
notorious no-shows the Wu-Tang Clan. Features perfromances by Redman, Dilated
Peoples, MC Supernatural, Sage Francis, Eyedea+Abilities, Chali 2na, and
Woody Guthrie: This Machine Kills Fascists. 2008 (2005). Produced,
written, and directed by Stephen Gammond (UK). Distributed by Snapper Music.
DVD, 160 min. Biopic narrated by Billy Bragg, including historical photos
and footage, excerpts from over forty pieces, and contemporary interviews
with friends, family, and musicians.
Young @ Heart. 2008. Directed by Stephen Walker (USA/UK). Distributed
by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. DVD, 108 min. Follows the rehearsals
and performances of a chorus from Northampton, Massachusetts. The average
age of the singers is 81 and their repertoire includes "Purple Haze,”
"Should I Stay or Should I Go,” and "Forever Young.”
Asia and Oceania
Chinese Folk Music. 2004. Directed by Li Bing (China). Distributed
by Huwa Golden International, Inc. DVD, 30 min. Beginning with a survey
of each instrument family, this film is equally interesting for its rhetoric
as for its portrayal of the varied contexts for folk music performance in
contemporary China. In English or Chinese.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad. 2007. Produced and directed by Eddy Moreety
and Suroosh Alvi (Iraq/USA). Distributed by Arts Alliance America. DVD,
84 min. Documentary feature film that follows Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda
from the fall of Saddam Hussein to their escape from Iraq.
Peking Opera. 2004. Directed by Li Bing (China). Distributed by
Huwa Golden International, Inc. DVD, 30 min. An introduction to Peking opera
with segments on facial make-up, dramatic elements, and training. Also explores
the origins and history of Peking opera using both historical footage and
historical reenactments. In English or Chinese.
Call of Dudy: Bohemian Bagpipes across Borders. 2005. Directed
by Keith Jones and Jefe Brown (Czech Republic/Germany/USA). Distributed
by Peligroso Productions. DVD, 52 min. Study of Bohemian bagpipe traditions,
with particular attention to the work of bagpipe scholar and musician Josef
Režný of Strakonice, and including excerpts on bagpipes and
bagpipers from Communist-era Czechoslovak films. Accompanying the DVD is
a CD of eight tracks by the Domažlice Bagpipe Band. In Czech, German,
and English with Czech, German, or English subtitles.
Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends. 2007. Directed by Jasmine
Dellal (USA). Distributed by Docurama. DVD, 111 min. Shot by renowned cinematographer
of art and music Albert Maysles, this film follows a North American tour
organized by the World Music Institute, featuring five groups from four
countries: Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haïdouks, Antonio El Pipa, Maharaja,
and Esma Redzepova.
Notes interdites. 2008. Directed by Bruno Monsaingeon (Russia/France).
Distributed by Idéale Audience International. DVD, 155 min. Includes
two films by the director: The Red Baton, which focuses on classical music
in the Soviet Union, and Gennadi Rozhdestivenksy: Conductor or Conjuror?
In English or French with English or French subtitles.
The Pied Piper of Hützovina. 2006. Directed by Pavla Fleischer
(UK/Ukraine). Distributed by Arts Alliance America. DVD, 65 min. In the
summer of 2004, on a car journey in Eastern Europe, the director met and
fell in love with Eugene Hütz, lead singer of New York’s gypsy
punk band Gogol Bordello. This film follows Eugene and Pavla on their subsequent
road trip through Eugene’s home country.
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Films for the Humanities & Sciences
Films Media Group
200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 124
Hamilton, NJ 08619
800 257 5126
fax: 609 275 3767
First Run Features
The Film Center Building
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036
212 243 0600
fax: 212 989 7649
Huwa Golden International, Inc.
2275 Huntington Drive #547
San Marino, CA 91108
866 489 2383
fax: 626 796 8655
Idéale Audience International
55, rue des Petites Ecuries
+33 1 4801 9590
fax: +33 1 4801 6536
1990 Westwood Boulevard, Penthouse
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310 474 4456
fax: 310 474 7455
National Film Board of Canada
3155 Côte de Liesse
Montreal, QC H4N 2N4
8228 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
310 474 5252
fax: 310 474 1219
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Newton, NJ 07860
800 497 1043
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London W2 1QD
+44 0207 563 5500
fax: +44 0207 563 5566
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2500
Los Angeles, CA 90067
888 463 3767
fax: 888 443 4369
Video Service Corp.
481 University Avenue, No. 705
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9
Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91522