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Current Films and Videos, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Winter 2001)
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Compiled by Barbara Rose Lange (University of Houston)

Americas | Asia | Europe | Distributor Addresses


Backstage. 2000. Directed by Chris Fiore. Distributed by Dimension Films (Miramax), Los Angeles, CA. Video. Follows the Hard Knock Life rap concert tour. Includes offstage and hotel footage.

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack. 2000. Directed by Aiyana Elliott. Distributed by Lot 47 Films, New York, NY. DV, 105 mins. Ramblin' Jack Elliott's daughter examines his life.

Barenaked in America. 2000. Directed by Jason Priestley. Distributed by Shooting Gallery, New York, NY. Film, 89 mins. Documents a U.S. tour made in 1999 by the Canadian group Barenaked Ladies.

Benjamin Smoke. 2000. Directed by Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen. Distributed by Cowboy Booking International, New York, NY. Film, 72 mins. Examines the life of Benjamin, lyricist and vocalist of Atlanta punk band Smoke and Opal Foxx Quartet, who was HIV-positive.

Better Living Through Circuitry. 2000. Directed by Jon Reiss. Distributed by Seventh Art Releasing, Los Angeles, CA. Film, 85 mins. Examines the philosophies, professions, and lifestyles of rave dance culture.

Bittersweet Motel. 2000. Directed by Todd Phillips. Distributed by Palm Pictures, New York, NY. DVD and VHS, 84 mins. Depicts performances of the band Phish on its tours during the year 1997-1998. DVD and VHS formats have uncut footage of live performances.

Burning Man: Where's the Fire? 2000. Directed by Fernando Joel Velasquez. Distributed by Seventh Art Releasing, Los Angeles, CA. Video, 57 mins. Depicts 1997 episodes from the Burning Man performance art festival held annually in Nevada.

Calle 54. 2000. Directed by Fernando Trueba. Distributed by Miramax Films, Los Angeles, CA. Film, 105 mins. Depicts Latin jazz musicians in rehearsal and performance. Includes footage of Bebo Valdés, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, and Tito Puente's last filmed performance.

The Filth and the Fury. 2000. Directed by Julien Temple. Distributed by Fine Line Features, New York, NY. Video, 103 mins. An account of the Sex Pistols. Includes archive material, interviews, footage of both the band and its fans.

Marcelo Alvarez: In Search of Gardel. 2000. Directed by Niv Fichman. Distributed by Bullfrog Films, Oley, PA. Video, 55 mins. Documents the project of Argentinean tenor Marcelo Alvarez to perform and record the songs of tango singer Carlos Gardel.

Opra Roma: Gypsies in Canada. 2000. Directed by Tony Papa. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Video, 48 mins. Depicts the history of Roma and aspects of Rom culture in Canada. Footage of a wedding and of flamenco dancing is included.

Songs for Cassavetes. 2001. Directed by Justin Mitchell. Distributed by Seventh Art Releasing, Los Angeles, CA. 16 mm b&w. Documents ten underground bands performing in the mid-1990s.


Chunhyang. 2000. Directed by Im Kwon-Taek. Distributed by Lot 47 Films, New York, NY. Film, 199 mins. Traditional Korean tale dramatized on film, simultaneously narrated as pansori, and intercut with pansori performance footage.

The Turandot Project. 2000. Directed by Alan Miller. Distributed by Alternate Current International, New York, NY. Film, 85 mins. Depicts Zhang Yimou's staging of Turandot at the Forbidden City in Beijing.


The Art of Amalia. 2001. Directed by Bruno de Almeida. Distributed by Avatar Films, New York, NY. Film, 90 mins. Explores the life and career of the fado singer Amália Rodriguez. Condensed version of a 300 minute European TV production.

Distributor Addresses

Alternate Current International
100 United Nations Plaza, Ste. 8A
New York, NY 10017
fax: 212-684-2277

Avatar Films
121 West 19th St., Suite 9-10
New York, NY 10011

Bullfrog Films
P.O. Box 149
Oley, PA 19547

Cowboy Booking International
6 W. 24th St.
New York, NY 10010
fax: 212-929-9786

Documentary Educational Resources
101 Morse St.
Watertown, MA 02172

Fine Line Features
888 7th Ave., Fl. 19
New York, NY 10106

Lot 47 Films
1133 Broadway, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10010

Miramax Films, Inc.
7966 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Palm Pictures
4 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

Seventh Art Releasing
7551 Sunset Blvd. #104
Los Angeles, CA 90046
fax: 213-845-4717

Shooting Gallery
145 Avenue of the Americas, Fl. 7
New York, NY 10013

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