Posted in: Music, Society
Sounds for the City
During a period of time in Stockholm, the colombian musician Sergio Castrillón (cellist and composer) began to search unconventional places to make them worthy stages for contemporary music. In the summer of 2012 he met the swedish film maker Stina Lundkvist and together they made the documentary Sounds for the city. This documentary shows a panorama that ranges from the issues in the contemporary music hearing to the meeting with local musicians. Finally the documentary describes how the streets and...
Posted in: Music
One Summer with Richie Hawtin
In the summer of 2012, Richie Hawtin continued to tour the world traveling from country to country and performing on some of the world's grandest stages - all the while holding down his weekly ENTER. residency at Space Ibiza. Polish video artist Barbara Klein has followed Richie Hawtin for the past three years as his official photo and videographer. Her eye behind the lens has captured some of the most important and memorable moments of his career. Showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, this film captures...
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Woodstock Revisited
Woodstock Revisited is a film by David McDonald that tells the story of how the countercultural movement associated most closely with The Woodstock Festival came into being. Ironically enough, while The Woodstock Festival did not end up happening in the town for which it was named, Woodstock, NY, it would never have transpired had it not been for a series of historical events in Woodstock that led directly to the rise of the American counterculture. Some of these are already well-known, like Bob...
Posted in: Biographies, Music
Young Jeezy: A Hustlerz Ambition
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this documentary takes viewers behind the scenes with Young Jeezy while he tours the world. The film includes interviews with Jay-Z, DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, P. Diddy and other artists. But more telling are the conversations with his father, who was a Marine, and his mother a former drug addict who he found high in a crack house on one occasion. Their eventual divorce would have a heavy impact on Jeezy as as child. He recently told VIBE.com “The first time I ever sat down and...
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Rihanna: Road To Talk That Talk
Rihanna takes us back back stage as she begins the journey into her latest album ‘Talk That Talk’. The video also takes us back stage on the last day of the LOUD Tour. Whilst visiting her native country Barbados, we go behind the scenes on the Talk That Talk album photo shoot, then she talks about her fans. The footage opens with a group of individuals sat with the Bajan star as they talk about her new material. RiRi can be heard saying: ‘Talk That Talk’ is where it begins to get...
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Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story is a 2004 biographical telefilm produced for VH1. The biopic stars Flex Alexander as Michael Jackson, and follows his rise to fame and subsequent controversial events. The film takes its title from one of Jackson's songs, "Man in the Mirror". The film is a sort of spiritual sequel to The Jacksons: An American Dream, which discussed the Jackson family as children. The telefilm went on to receive generally negative reviews from both fans and critics alike as...
Posted in: Movies, Music
Michael Jackson: The Making Of Thriller
Michael Jackson's Thriller is an American 13-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983. It was directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Jackson. It was MTV's first world premiere video. Voted as the most influential pop music video of all time, Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture, and was named "a watershed moment for the [music] industry" for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music. Guinness World...
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Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
The extraordinary life of Quincy Jones, one of the 20th century's most influential and talented composers, musicians and music producers, provides the basis of this offbeat, free-form documentary tribute. With little regard for formal timelines and traditional documentary biography methods, the film is an amazing patchwork of personal insights featuring a constellation of music stars including his long-time friend Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Aretha...
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Are The Net Police Coming For You?
A proposed new law is threatening to disconnect the millions of internet users who unlawfully download free music, films and TV. Jo Whiley looks at how broadband use at home may never be the same, and could even be cut off. The record industry claims to be losing £200 million a year to people downloading music for free and the government is introducing the Digital Economy Bill in an attempt to combat this. Artists including Billy Bragg and Kate Nash, and X Factor judge Louis Walsh discuss the bill and the...