Music

GHOSTS OF OUR FOREST
GHOSTS OF OUR FOREST

African Studies  Music  Anthropology  Indigenous Studies  2017  Dance  Environmental Studies  Performing Arts  Loud Roar Productions 

Forcefully removed from their ancestral home by the Ugandan government to protect the endangered gorilla population, the indigenous Batwa people start a music club in hopes to preserve their culture through song and story.

LINEFORK
LINEFORK

Anthropology  American Studies  2017  Music  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Cinema Studies  Aging / Gerontology 

Meet Lee and Opal, an elderly couple living in the Appalachian Mountains. Recorded over three years, Linefork is an observational film about marriage, community, resilience, and the raw yet delicate music of an unheralded banjo legend, linked to the past yet immediately present.

JOE'S VIOLIN
JOE'S VIOLIN

Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Music  New York City  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  2017  Education  Directed by Women 

2017 ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee for Documentary Short Subject In Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and 12-year-old Bronx school girl, showing how the power of music to bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a profound impact.

IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE
IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

Environmental Studies  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Science  2017  Music 

In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. This critically acclaimed documentary takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around theglobe.

COME WORRY WITH US!
COME WORRY WITH US!

Women's Studies  Music  Labor Studies  Family Relations  2014  Business  Directed by Women 

What happens to female artists once they become mothers? A heartfelt exploration of how motherhood affects and impinges on one's creative life, Come Worry With Us! follows violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck, founding member of the revered Montreal band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, as the couple attempts to integrate their young son into their lifestyle.

VIRAMUNDO: a musical journey with gilberto gil
VIRAMUNDO: a musical journey with gilberto gil

Music  Anthropology  2013  Indigenous Studies  Latin-American Studies 

After decades of sold out shows and international recognition, musician Gilberto Gil embarks on a new kind of world tour. Traveling from Brazil to Australia and Africa, where he meets with local indigenous communities, Gil continues the work he began as Brazil's first black Minister of Culture - promoting the power of cultural diversity in a globalized world and sharing his vision for the future: a diverse, interconnected planet filled with hope, exchange… and of course music!

BAM150
BAM150

Performing Arts  Art History  New York City  Dance  Music  American History  2013 

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the staging of a major operatic production, Verdi's masterpiece, "La Traviata," starring world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay and directed by the celebrated Jean-Francois Sivardier.

MUSICWOOD
MUSICWOOD

Environmental Studies  Native American Studies  Music  Performing Arts  2013  Business  Directed by Women 

For hundreds of years, the acoustic guitar has been made from the same species of Spruce. Today, due to an extreme logging practice known as clear-cutting, this tree is in danger of disappearing - and with it, the acoustic guitar. In this captivating documentary, owners of the top guitar makers unite with Greenpeace and travel to the largest forest in the US to meet with Native American landowners in the hope of finding a sustainable solution.

BOB AND THE MONSTER
BOB AND THE MONSTER

Music  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Psychology & Psychiatry  2013  Directed by Women 

Bob and the Monster follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest through his life-threatening struggle with addiction to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today (appearing alongside Dr. Drew Pinsky on shows such as "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House.")

BECOMING TRAVIATA
BECOMING TRAVIATA

Music  Performing Arts  2013 

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the staging of a major operatic production, Verdi's masterpiece, "La Traviata," starring world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay and directed by the celebrated Jean-Francois Sivardier.

EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: the story of fishbone
EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: the story of fishbone

African-American Studies  Music  2012 

Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine charts the turbulent history of the pioneering all-Black rock band Fishbone. This lively documentary tells the story of a band that broke racial stereotypes, and for a brief moment, seemed to challenge the political order of the music industry and the nation.

NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING)
NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING)

Music  Cinema Studies  Performing Arts  2011 

A luminous exploration of the creative process from one of the world's most important filmmakers, Pedro Costa's Ne Change Rien is a spare, hypnotic portrait of French chanteuse Jeanne Balibar. Photographed in shimmering black-and-white and featuring a soundtrack of haunting jazz-inflected pop songs.

THROW DOWN YOUR HEART
THROW DOWN YOUR HEART

African Studies  African-American Studies  Music  Anthropology  2009 

Throw Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo. This exuberant musical adventure provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of Africa - a picture that is very different from what is often shown in the media.

AWAKE ZION
AWAKE ZION

Religion & Spirituality  Jewish Studies  African-American Studies  Latin-American Studies  African Studies  New York City  Music  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Ever wonder why Jews and Rastafarians both use the Star of David and make references to Zion? This exuberant documentary explores the surprising connections between reggae culture and Judaism.

BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt
BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt

Music  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Performing Arts  American Studies  Directed by Women 

An acclaimed documentary about the life and music of Townes Van Zandt, perhaps one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, who inspired artists from Bob Dylan to Norah Jones.

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CARPATI: 50 Miles, 50 Years

Jewish Studies  Music  Eastern Europe 

Carpati: 50 Miles 50 Years focuses on Zev Godinger, a Jewish ice cream man of the Carpathian Mountains, a self-described "proste" (ordinary) Jew who embarks on a symbolic pilgrimage to his hometown.

GIRL BEAT: POWER OF THE DRUM
GIRL BEAT: POWER OF THE DRUM

Women's Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology  Music  Latino Studies  Dance  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

This video profiles members of Banda Dida, an all-girl drumming and vocal group in Salvador, Brazil.

RESISTENCIA: HIP HOP IN COLOMBIA
RESISTENCIA: HIP HOP IN COLOMBIA

Spanish Language  Music  Latino Studies  Dance  Children & Young Adult 

An unusual look at the current political and economic crisis in Colombia—including a decades-long civil war, a rampant drug trade, kidnapping for ransom, and financial scandal at the highest levels of the government—through the eyes of young Colombians, in particular the country’s finest rap musicians, DJs and breakdancers

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THE RISE AND FALL OF BLACK VELVET FLAG

American Studies  Music  Performing Arts 

Between 1840 and 1870, over 250,000 Americans traveled west by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. Some claimed land in Oregon; others headed for California gold country. Many went enthusiastically. Others reluctantly left homes, family and friends to face hardship and an uncertain future. Actress Amy Warner vividly presents the experiences and feelings of these pioneers in her one-woman performance based on entries from diaries, letters and memoirs of pioneer women and a young girl who trekked the Oregon Trail.

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PANOPTICON

Architecture  Criminal & Law  Music 

In this offbeat mockumentary, Thompson Merrimack, Chairman of WorldWide Monitor, hosts a performance of the Surveillance Chamber Music Society in a celebration of Jeremy Bentham, whose architectural design of the Panopticon revolutionized systems of penal surveillance in the eighteenth century.

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