Entries tagged with: documentaries
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, whose series on the "West Memphis Three" cast doubt on the murder convictions of three Arkansas teenagers, catalyzing a movement that led to their release, died Saturday, longtime collaborator Joe Berlinger said. [CNN]---
Metallica recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their groundbreaking documentary Some Kind of Monster and sadly, not long after, they are now mourning the death of one of the movie's directors -- Bruce Sinofsky. [LoudWire]---
Bruce Sinofsky, the Montclair-based filmmaker, died at home on Saturday from complications of diabates. He was 58.Rest in Peace Bruce.
He was a very good filmmaker. He was also, much more importantly, a good guy, one I interviewed a number of times over the last 20 years or so, and - although I can't pretend to close friendship - one I am still very sad to lose.
Sinofsky, who was born in Boston, studied filmmaking at NYU, then got a job working for the revered documentarians Albert and David Maysles. [NJ.com}
Watch/listen to some interviews with Bruce, below...
Charles Lloyd -- photo by D. Darr
Blue Note Records announced:
More than 50 years into an already legendary career, 2015 is shaping up to be a momentous year for Charles Lloyd. As reported in The New York Times, the esteemed saxophonist and composer has signed with Blue Note Records and will release his first album for the iconic label in 30 years with the April 14 arrival of Wild Man Dance, a magnificent live recording of a remarkable long-form suite commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. Lloyd will present the North American premiere of the "Wild Man Dance Suite" on April 18 at the Metropolitan Museum Temple of Dendur in New York City followed by two performances of the work during a four-night stand at SFJAZZ (April 23-26) in San Francisco. Lloyd will also perform with his Quartet at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 2.Tickets for the show at The Met are still on sale, but I don't see public tickets for the Lincoln Center thing at the moment.
On April 20, Lloyd will reach another career landmark when he is awarded the NEA Jazz Masters honor celebrating his remarkable career as well as recognizing his creative brilliance in the pantheon of such other living and vital jazz legends as Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter. An awards ceremony and concert honoring the recipients will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Charles Lloyd -- photo by D. Darr
Those interested in learning more about Charles can check out 2013 documentary "Arrows Into Infinity". Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, and other greats also appear in the film. The trailer is below.
In related news, Blue Note has been collaborating with my favorite home speaker system Sonos who will be releasing their first ever limited edition speaker, the "Sonos PLAY:1 Blue Note Limited Edition". It's literally blue and looks like this:
Serial's Sarah Koenig arm wrestling Ira Glass
It's official: "Serial" is the hottest podcast in the history of the known universe, the most significant moment in audio since the "War of the Worlds" broadcast, and the most innovative development in communication arts since the smoke signal. In fact, it's a breakthrough symbolizing the Great Podcast Renaissance of 2014. [Yahoo]Like composer Nick Diamonds, This American Life's Ira Glass was involved with the most popular podcast of all time, Sarah Koenig's Serial, which aired its final episode about Hae-Min Lee and Adnan Syed today (12/18). What did you think of the ending (which was slightly different than Funny or Die's version)? I thought it ended okay, but will leave it at that. #nospoilers
Ira Glass (first cousin once removed of Philip) is of course the host of public radio's popular This American Life of which Serial is a spinoff. When not speaking on the radio, Ira sometimes relaxes with a documentary. He listed some of his favorites for the Sundance Doc Club, including Stop Making Sense, and crime drama The Thin Blue Line.
Ira Glass also often appears live in front of audiences, and that continues to prove true throughout the next year, as you can see from his busy schedule outlined below. He appears at Town Hall in NYC this Friday (flyer below), and has upcoming talks at Yale, the Association of Performing Arts, Mayo Performing Arts Center, and many more places.
Dates and video instructions on how to listen to a podcast (by Ira Glass), below...
Long in the works, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990, is premiering as part of the DOC NYC fest in NYC tonight (11/14). Expected to attend: Scott Crawford, producer Jim Saah, film subjects Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Tom Lyle (Government Issue), Bert Queiroz (Untouchables, Double-O, Youth Brigade), and Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Simple Machines Records).
What better way to prepare than with an advance listen to Fugazi's soon-to-be-officially-released First Demo? Full Soundcloud stream and more info below...
New Jersey's WFMU has occupied a unique position as an independent, commercial-free, listener-supported radio station since its inception in the late 1950s. At its heart is the dedicated station manager Ken Freedman, committed to an unstructured, free- form broadcasting model which has won WFMU acclaim as the best--and perhaps weirdest-- radio station in the tristate area, if not the country. Facing a budget crisis, can Ken rally both his volunteer staff and his listeners to keep the station afloat?Find out by watching Sex and Broadcasting, a new film about one of our favorite radio stations. It makes its world premiere this Saturday (11/15) at IFC Center in NYC, and then plays again at the same place on 11/17. On 11/20 you can catch it at SVA Theatre in Chelsea. Get your tickets. Filmmaker Tim K. Smith is expected to be at two or all of the screenings, and film subject Ken Freedman should be around too. Watch a clip at Indie Wire and the trailer below.
All three screenings are part of DOC NYC which kicked off yesterday and runs through 11/20. As mentioned, the film lineup also includes a "Sonic Cinema" series with films about Elliott Smith, the DC punk scene and more.
The 14th Annual Coney Island Film Festival runs from September 19 - 21, 2014. Things kick off tonight with an opening night party and a single screening, and then you can spend all day Saturday and Sunday watching movies in Coney Island. Titles include "Brooklyn Slice", "Keep It Real: Banksy NYC", "The Birth and Death of the BTK Band", "Passage To Coney Island", "Last Night in Astroland", "Samuel's Game", "Famous Nathan", "Looking For Johnny", and of course "The Warriors".
Looking For Johnny is a documentary about the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, and it will be making its NYC premiere at the Coney Island film fest. $8 will get you into the Saturday, 3pm screening AND Q&A with "some of the punk period musicians who appear in the film."
Clips from the film with more information below...
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Style Weekly dug deeply into GWAR this week and for good reason: the band have had a year like few others. Certainly, the sad news of Dave Brockie's passing will be the lasting memory for many, but after their downs, GWAR also had their ups. They've released a mountain of atypical merch and marketing ideas -- some good, some not so much. They're going back out on the road with Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks. When they've played Oderus-less, they've looked in good form. And now there's going to be a GWAR documentary.
The nine minute trailer for Let There Be GWAR details the band's beginnings, showing how frustrated art school castaways built a band to fit their fantasies. It's actually a rather inspiring story and a clever piece of cinema, utilizing a picture-in-picture talking head technique to great effect. Of course, GWAR aren't just any band, but their origins are similar to other lifers that keep on doing it out of love. If you've winced at their recent capitalistic streak, it's a nice palette cleanser. A date and other release information for the Don Drakulich-directed documentary hasn't made the rounds yet, but you can watch the full nine minute trailer below.
Speaking of GWAR-related documentaries, you can catch them in Riot on the Dance Floor, the new film about Trenton, NJ rock club City Gardens, which makes its BV-presented NYC premiere TONIGHT (8/28).
Let There Be GWAR trailer below...
Memphis indie legends The Grifters just announced and played their first shows in 17 years. Coming off the heels of a last minute hometown reunion show in November 2013, they'll be playing NYC shows at Glasslands on November 7 and Mercury Lounge on November 8. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show will go on AmEx presale Wednesday (8/20) and on sale to the general public Friday (8/22).
The NYC shows will mark the 20th anniversary of their album Crappin You Negative, and are in addition to playing Gonerfest in Memphis on September 25. No other dates have been announced, but hopefully this means they'll be playing more shows in the coming months.
What caused the band to reunite now? It was a documentary actually...
Directors Robert Allen Parker and Nan Hackman's biggest coup may have been convincing local indie-rock godfathers the Grifters to reunite after more than a decade of inactivity. The band was both one of Memphis' biggest local draws and most successful exports of the 1990s, releasing several LPs, EPs, and singles (the 1994 full-length Crappin' You Negative received rave reviews from publications like Rolling Stone and Spin) and touring extensively until around 2000, when exhaustion and the emergence of new projects and opportunities led the Grifters to slow things down and ultimately disband. [Memphis Flyer]Check out the trailer of the documentary, produced for the Memphis Film Festival, which features some cool live footage, below.
City Gardens DJ/promoter Randy Now
The long-in-the-works documentary about storied Jersey punk/metal club City Gardens, titled Riot On the Dance Floor, is now finished and has been shown at a few festivals so far. Would you like to see it? BrooklynVegan and Rocks Off are pairing up for the NYC premiere of the film, happening Thursday, August 28 at AMC Loews Village 7 in the East Village. We're also hosting a post-screening Q&A with Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), Director Steve Tozzi and more TBA. UPDATE: John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records) added to Q&A.
The event doubles as a benefit for the film -- which was funded by Kickstarter -- and starts at 8 PM. $10 tickets are on sale now.
After the film join us for the afterparty at Bowery Electric. Gibby Haynes will be DJing (and more details TBA).
Screening flyer below...
The National @ Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
If you haven't seen the National documentary 'Mistaken For Strangers' yet, July 7 is your chance when it screens for $5.00 at City Winery in NYC (try not to drink all the wine... because then you won't remember the movie!). One night earlier City Winery is screening a documentary about one of The National's favorite bands, the Grateful Dead. That one is free (don't take the brown acid).
The National movie recently opened across Europe where The National will be touring next week. All dates are listed below, even the ones they cancelled in Russka and Ukraine. In April they announced:
Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region, we are sad to report that we have decided to cancel our shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev this summer. Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase. We remain hopeful of coming to play for you in the future and we sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way. Take care of yourselves and we hope to see you soon.They'll see the U.S. again in August whtn they play a series of festival dates including Made in America in Philly, Boston Calling in Boston, and Riot Fest in Chicago and Toronto. Their most recent NYC shows were in Prospect Park for three nights in a row. We also caught them this year at Sasquatch, in Austin, and in Chicago.
by Ian Chainey
King Buzzo at Housecore Horror Film Festival, 2013 (More by Trent Maxwell)
Richard "King Buzzo" Osborne, frontman/guitarist for the Melvins is now streaming his new solo outing, This Machine Kills Artists, in full. The record (not to be confused with the new Scion AV split with Tweak Bird) is a departure from his recognizable stew of slow sludge, booming doom, and Kiss-riffs twisted into a nightmare. Instead of punk distortion overload, This Machine is simply Buzz and an acoustic guitar, recorded straight to tape, string rattle and all. It will be released by Ipecac on June 3. Then, Buzzo will hit the road for a long tour.
That said, it would be a mistake to think This Machine lacks heft. While opener "Dark Brown Teeth" is a Richie Havens-esque strummer containing beautiful, haunting singing pulled from '70s power pop, there are long passages where the collection gets unnervingly dark. When I caught Buzzo at the Scion Rock Fest, I was surprised by the force of his impact. I wrote:
He yelled, growled; hammering the same gut-bucket progression past flushness. His grey hair spun out in spirals, whipping the air. He was Woody Guthrie in a nightmare. The audience watched reverently.It was but a man and his guitar, but his charisma, keen sense of melody, and focus kept a crowd of antsy metalheads facing the stage during his set. This Machine isn't any different. Its sub-three minute songs, while raw, are full of surprises.
In related news, after a Kickstarter campaign dating back at least two years, The Color of Noise, the documentary tracking the history of Amphetamine Reptile Records will be seeing a debut shortly. Began by Tom Hazelmyer in 1986, the Minneapolis label catered to the burgeoning noise rock scene, releasing records by Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Tar, Today is the Day, and many, many more that have achieved a cult following. Its legacy lives on today, influencing third and fourth waves of noisy bands best described as having that 'AmRep' sound. The film will premiere May 30 at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee and features many talking heads ranging from Steve Austin, Derek Hess, John Stainer, and, yep, King Buzzo.
Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
Kathleen Hanna isn't feeling well, so her husband Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock will be filling in for her as DJ at MoMA's Pop Rally event tonight (11/21). Kim Gordon's group Body/Head also performs and tickets are still on sale.
You can still catch Kathleen soon though, but on the big screen, when "The Punk Singer" opens in theaters on 11/29 (maybe you caught the documentary as part of Doc NYC). Ad-Rock is also featured prominently in the film, and even filmed a scene.
It's not all DJing, movies and bass playing for Ad-Rock these days though. The former Beastie Boy reportedly also raps a few verses on a forthcoming track called "Yo Kev" that he co-wrote with rapper and performance artist Champagne Jerry who he has been collaborating with lately.
"CHAMPAGNE JERRY also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming."If you don't know, now you know. Listen to "Tampa Realness" below - the track "was written by Champagne Jerry (lyrics) and Adam Ad Rock Horovitz (music) with additional production and mixing by Max Tannone. It is dedicated to the city of Tampa and all things neon, Four Loko, and teal. Adam wrote the beat on a plane to Hawaii, CJ wrote the lyrics on a bus in Brooklyn." Stay tuned for "Yo Kev".
"Tampa Realness" and "Yo Kev" will appear on Champagne Jerry's album For Real You Guys which is being rolled out one single at a time, and one monthly show in NYC at Joe's Pub at a time. The next show is December 7th and Ad-rock will be in the house, like he has been for many intimate shows at Joe's Pub in the past, sometimes with Bridget Everett who is also a Champagne Jerry collaborator, as is Carmine Covelli (who is in both Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin and Bridget Everett's band the Tender Moments) and Max Tannone (whose credits include Jaydiohead).
Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments next play Joe's Pub on 12/11 and 12/12.
Champagne Jerry music and videos below....
Much earlier this year mentioned that The Residents were celebrating their 40th anniversary with a $100,000 box set packaged in a 28 cubic-foot refrigerator. NBC Bay Area now reports that one has been delivered to a happy buyer whose transaction will also appear in a forthcoming docyumentary...
Last September, Cryptic Corporation Vice President Homer Flynn announced the sale of the first Ultimate Box Set to a man named Tripmonster from Bloomington, Ind. In a video press release, Flynn also said the delivery would be shot as part of a documentary called, "Theory of Obscurity," about the 40+ year history of The Residents.Box set related videos and documentary trailer below...
Acting as the managers for The Residents, The Cryptic Corporation has handled all press, business dealings and public interactions during the majority of the group's career, providing the members of The Residents with an impressive level of anonymity.
"For The Residents, the delivery of their Ultimate Box Set was both a profound and satisfying experience," Flynn said. "The expression of joy on the face of Tripmonster, as he held Mr. Green, the eyeball mask from his UBS, was worth every minute of their 40-year existence."...
Before you head out to the Grand Theft Auto music events happening as part of the ongoing New York Film Festival tonight (9/30), here's a bit more about the films I've seen so far this festival:
Some films that did not do much for me:
When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism by the Romanian director Corneliu Poumbou -- This was another film about film and the making of a film. It features very long static shots, a trend of the Romanian New Wave of film going on today, of which this director is part of. In fact the whole film is only about 20 takes but did not connect with me at all. loved his last film Police, Adjective though.
Jimmy P Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian --- This one stars Benecio Del Toro and was directed by the French director Arnaud Desplechin whose 2004 film Kings & Queens was one of the best I saw that year. Based on a true story, it is just what the title states, a case study of the psychotherapy of a Native American ex soldier after WWII. Very well acted by both Del Toro and French actor Mathieu Amalric, but it was a completely unremarkable film to me. Another critic put it best to me. This would have been great if it was a PBS American Playhouse production.
The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh was loved by a number of people I saw it with. It is told with the use of both newsreel footage and clay figurines. It's a pretty harrowing story of the Khmer Rouge and their deadly atrocities in Cambodia and the direct affect on Panh, the only survivor of his family who all died in the refugee camps. While striking in content, I could not find my way in to it.
Finally, there were 3 fascinating documentaries I saw:
The time has come for the Rocks Off Film Festival at the Kraine Theater in NYC with films about Charles Bradley, the Cockney Rejects, Drivin N Cryin, Slade, Pentagram, Jason Becker and more. Check the schedule.
Speaking of films, thanks to all who came out to our free screening of Crystal Fairy which is also in theaters tonight. Hopefully you enjoyed the movie and weren't upset by the lack of Michael Cera's penis.
Rocks Off is spreading its wings beyond the high seas and live shows, and into the film world by announcing the "only film fest in the world focused on what we all know and love, rock n' roll music!" The Rocks Off Film Festival happens July 12 - 14 at "the deliciously derelict" Kraine Theatre in the East Village. Amongst the screenings are films like Pentagram doc, Last Days Here, East End Babylon (about punks Cockney Rejects), Charles Bradley: Soul of America, and many others.
Visit the film fest's site for tickets. Line-up/Schedule and flyer below...
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.A Band Called Death opens June 28 in limited release around the country, including NYC's Cinema Village (tickets) and then at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg and MIST Harlem Cinema starting July 5. Check out the full list of cities and theaters below.
You don't have to wait that long to see it, though. BrooklynVegan is excited to be presenting a screening which will happen at Williamsburg Cinemas on June 20 at 10 PM, part of the Northside Film Festival. Our screening has limited FREE tickets but do note that a ticket does not guarantee entry. First come, first served, so come early with your ticket to make sure you get in. Limited Northside badges will also be let in. Hope to see you there!
Back in March, A Band Called Death screened at SXSW where the band played two shows, one of which was one of our day parties. As mentioned, Death will play here in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets for that are still available.
A full list of current screening dates and a trailer for the film below...
Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will open at Cinema Village on Friday, April 19 which is, sadly, the one-year anniversary of the legendary musician's passing. Synopsis:
Director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot over the course of two-plus years, ...[the film] shows Helm dealing with the burdens of renewed celebrity, continuing financial obligation and returning health problems. The man known worldwide for his soulful voice, as well as his singular and unparalleled drumming and multi-instrumental skills, permitted a camera crew inside his home to show the world an intimate side of his art and life.Director Jacob Hatley and producer Mary Posatko will be around for post-screening Q&As at Cinema Village at the Friday (4/19) 7:10 PM showing, and the Saturday (4/20) 3:10 PM & 7:10 PM showings. Tickets are on sale now. The film will make it's way around the country after NYC. A list of cities and theater locations, as well as the trailer, is below.
Death at Europa in 2010 (more by Ben Lozovsky)
Long lost protopunk band Death, who made a return in 2009 when Drag City released their debut album and have been sticking around ever since, have gotten the documentary treatment. A Band Called Death, directed by Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett, was released in 2012 and it will be screening at SXSW this year (screening times are HERE).
The film description reads:
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn't until recently -- when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby's attic nearly 30 years after Death's heyday -- that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.Death themselves will also be at SXSW for a couple shows. They'll play at TenOak on Thursday (3/14) at 12:50 AM (so technically Friday), and earlier that day they'll play a BrooklynVegan day party, which happens at the old Emo's location, 603 Red River St. Death's set is a special early one at 1:30 PM on Thursday and the party is totally free. Rough Francis (aka Death's sons band) will also be at the BV party, playing right before them at 12:45.
Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.
A Band Called Death trailer and a stream of their track, "Politicians In My Eyes," below...
Meanwhile, a music video and a short documentary about the reunited band are in the works. The title of the doc, according to IMDB, is "10 Years of the Postal Service", and the one and only Tom Scharpling directed it, as he recently told Matt Pinfield:
"I shot two things with them," Scharpling says. "One is a mini-documentary, getting Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello to tell the story of how this weird band came together and how they were mailing each other CD-R's back and forth. It's a straight mini-doc thing that should be out shortly. The other is a funny video that takes place in 2002, that shows Jimmy auditioning potential lead singers for Postal Service. We got an amazing group of people to come through."Tom's videos are always the best, so we definitely can't wait to see that. Meanwhile check out the video Tom made for one of Ben's' solo tracks.
I'M NOW follows Mudhoney's 25-year career, from their early beginnings in the Pacific Northwest through the band's most recent world tour. Complete with testimonials from friends, music industry veterans, and musicians such as Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard & Jeff Ament, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman, and the band themselves, the film is the ultimate document of one of the world's most influential and beloved rock bands. The film was directed by Ryan Short and Adam Pease.Mudhoney documentary I'm Now is out now and available for purchase or rent, details are at their site. Check out trailers and deleted scenes below.
Meanwhile, Mudhoney are prepping the release of Vanishing Point, the band's new LP due on April 2 via Sub Pop. Check out a song from the new LP for the price of an email address or stream it below. You can also check out Vanishing Point's track list, videos and tour dates that don't include NYC at the present time.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Salad Days documentary was celebrated over two days in Washington DC, when six hardcore bands of yesteryear reunited to play Black Cat on December 28 and 29. As discussed, the shows featured a reunion of Dag Nasty, along with appearances from Government Issue, Kingface, Black Market Baby, Youth Brigade and Scream. Check out video of all the bands below, including the full Dag Nasty appearance.
Also among the videos below are a pair of appearances from HR (of Bad Brains), who played the BB classic "Right Brigade" with Black Market Baby and "American Justice" with Scream, as well as apperances from Alec MacKaye (of The Faith) and John Stabb (of Government Issue) on a cover of "Steppin' Stone."
Koyaanisqatsi, also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.
The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explains the lack of dialogue by stating "it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live." In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means "unbalanced life". The film is the first in the Qatsi trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology. Koyaanisqatsi is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film. However, because of copyright issues, the film was out of print for most of the 1990s. [Wikipedia]
UPDATE: video removed at copyright holder's request.
Sound City Studios is a two-building complex in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, which houses sound stages. It was most notable for being the recording studio for albums such as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Nirvana's Nevermind. The studio is operated since 1970 by the Skeeter family, with the first album to use the facilities being Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. Until the closure of the recording studios on May 2011, the Sound City was used by artists such as Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon, Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash, Metallica, and the last band to record there, Everclear. One of the mixing consoles was removed to make room for sound stages, and the mixing console is now owned by Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer and current leader of the Foo Fighters. -[Wiki]Dave Grohl will serve as a director for the documentary on Sound City, which will feature appearances from some of the biggest names in music, all of which recorded in the hallowed halls of the studio. The movie will make its premiere at Sundance in February and you can check out the trailer for the film below.
film producer Evan Kleinman and rapper Y-Love
Film director Jesse Zook Mann and producer Evan Kleinman made a new documentary Punk Jews, centered around Jewish artists in NYC, and it will make its world premiere in the city it takes place in on December 11 at JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St). Tickets for the premiere are on sale now (there's an early show and a late show). The film description reads:
"Punk Jews" is an upcoming documentary film that follows an underground Jewish community expressing their identity in unconventional ways that challenge stereotypes and break down barriers. From Hassidic punk rockers to Yiddish street performers to African-American Jewish activists, "Punk Jews" shows an emerging movement in New York City of Jews asserting their Jewish identity, defying the norm, and doing so at any cost.You can watch the trailer for Punk Jews along with the premiere flyer below. The premiere happens during Hanukkah and is one of many upcoming Hanukkah events in NYC.