Music

BUILDING A CELLO WITH HAROLD
BUILDING A CELLO WITH HAROLD

Music  Art History 

This feature-length video features Harold Hayslett, a retired pipefitter and master builder of violins and cellos, and documents in fascinating detail, from start to finish, the entire process of his construction of a cello.

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CISSY HOUSTON: SWEET INSPIRATION

Women's Studies  Music  African-American Studies 

This biographial profile of a woman whose career has successfully combined gospel and popular music moves from smoky clubs to a Sweet Inspirations reunion concert, from nostalgic gospel singing with The Drinkard Singers to a sold-out concert with Cissy's daughter Whitney.

PLENA IS WORK, PLENA IS SONG
PLENA IS WORK, PLENA IS SONG

Puerto Rican Studies  Music  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

Examines the cultural and political history of plena, a Puerto Rican musical blend of African and Spanish rhythms, featuring great performers of the past and contemporary attempts to preserve plena.

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THE PIPES ARE CALLING

Short Films  Music  Irish Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays a summer bagpipe school in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where piping enthusiasts from all over North America gather to learn the craft and music of the traditional instrument of the Scottish highlands.

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RIDING WITH THE KING

Music  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Captures the spirit and charm of the legacy of Elvis Presley by accompanying a fan through Elvis country, from Tupelo, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. The video visits his birthplace and other shrines of Presleydom, meets people who were associated with Elvis, plus his adoring fans and impersonators.

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CREATION OF THE WORLD: A SAMBA-OPERA

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

This music and dance spectacular, sung and danced by members of the award-winning Beija Flor Samba School and photographed during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, dramatizes the legend of genesis according to Yoruba mythology.

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WIZARD OF THE STRINGS

Short Films  Music  American Studies 

Profiles Roy Smeck, a former vaudeville star known as "The Wizard of the Strings" because of his virtuoso talents on the guitar, banjo, ukelele and Hawaiian guitar, and who is shown to be still active, in his mid-80s, teaching students and giving occasional public performances.

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SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Spanish Language  Sociology  Music  Latin-American Studies 

A colorful and entertaining survey of protest music in Central America, from Mexico City to Managua, where popular music has become a forum for social commentary and political protest.

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CATCHING UP WITH YESTERDAY

Music  American Studies  Short Films 

A documentary portrait of Andrew F. Boarman, a 78-year-old West Virginia instrument maker and musician, featuring a number of lively musical performances and an illustration of Boarman's skills as a master craftsman of banjos, guitars, fiddles, and dulcimers.


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DEBUT

Cultural Studies  New York City  Urban Studies  Political Science  Performing Arts  Narrative Films  Music  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This cinema-verite documentary explores the realities of life as a classical musician through the story of Hexagon, a newly-formed chamber ensemble. The documentary chronicles their challenging first year and a half, from the group's seemingly casual first rehearsal to its high-pressure launching into the mainstream of the classical music scene.

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CHEN AND CHINA'S SYMPHONY

Sociology  Performing Arts  Music  Asian Studies 

Chronicles the 1987 U.S. tour by the National Symphony Orchestra of the People's Republic of China, including interviews with conductor Zuohuang Chen, a survivor of the Cultural Revolution who studied music in the U.S., Chen's mentor, Seiji Ozawa, director of the Boston Symphony, plus stirring performances of both Western and Chinese music.

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THE SPIRIT TRAVELS: IMMIGRANT MUSIC IN AMERICA

Sociology  Music  American Studies  Immigration 

Hosted and narrated by singer Linda Ronstadt, this entertaining and informative look at ethnic music in America offers a rich sampling of the nation's culturally diverse musical styles, featuring performances of Irish, Greek, African-American, Jewish, Central Asian, Chinese and Puerto Rican music.

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