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Lou Reed's critically acclaimed 1973 album "Berlin" was yet another musical step forward in the career of the man who brought the darkest themes of literature to rock and roll. For years, "Berlin" was considered one of the more eclectic works in Reed's extraordinary catalog, but one that clearly cried out for a theatrical presentation. In 2006, backed by a full orchestra, Reed performed the mini-opera in its entirety over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. And, under the direction of painter/director Julian Schnabel, this historic event was captured on film. | Read MoreMusic
Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
An experimental non-linear cinematic tone poem based on conversation, writings, and music by acclaimed singer/ songwriter/ author Rosanne Cash. This dreamlike mosaic portrait, with stunning Super 8mm and 16mm visuals and Holga animation, features songs from Cash's celebrated album Black Cadillac. Shot on location in New York City, Hendersonville, Tenn., and Ventura, Calif. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Mistaken for Strangers follows prolific rock band The National on its biggest tour to date. Newbie roadie Tom, younger brother of lead singer Matt Berninger, is a heavy metal and horror movie enthusiast, and he cannot help but put his own spin on the experience. Inevitably, Tom’s moonlighting as an irreverent documentarian creates drama for the band on the road. The film is a hilarious and touching look at two very different brothers and an entertaining story of artistic aspiration. | Read MoreComedy, Documentary, Music
In his English-language debut, Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose) sculpts a hyper-stylized and uplifting road movie about family, perseverance, and redemption. Wheelchair user Jane (Renée Zellweger, exceptional) is a fiercely independent ex-singer whose tough exterior hides a secret that has paralyzed her emotional life and career. When her zany neighbor Joey (Forest Whitaker) forces them to skip town, Jane must change her tune. With songs performed by Zellweger and original music by Bob Dylan. | Read MoreMusic
A skull at the beach, a busted watch, and a green brassiere are just some of the many wild images that are featured in this animated short. Director Emily Hubley plays with musical tones and shifting symbolic images to create eight moments when things come together in mysterious cohesion. Embellishing on surrealist themes, such as a picture puzzle, a one-word clue and a new tone played on an embellished musical scale, Octave provides a distinct mental location for the audience to explore their unconscious. | Read MoreMusic and Animation
Nearly 90, Bebo Valdés is one of the greatest living Cuban musicians. This joyful documentary celebrates the man who was a key figure in the development of mambo and whose life reflects the experiences of many Cubans since 1959. Co-hosted with Instituto Cervantes, The Cultural Center of Spain in New York. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
The PS22 chorus from Staten Island became world famous after their YouTube videos went viral. This feel-good documentary follows them to their big performance as the closing act at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, where creative differences, lost voices, and homesickness threaten their performance. Can these 5th graders entertain the entertainment elite? | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
An unlikely story of how two energetic Romans created an orchestra composed entirely of immigrants from all over the world living in one area of the Eternal City. When 30 different musicians playing 15 unrelated instruments finally take the stage, they provide a rousing call to arms for all who believe in the mini-miracles of neighborhood cultural initiatives.
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Drop out of school to ride with the Merry Pranksters.
Form America’s most enduring jam band.
Become a family man and father. Never stop
chasing the muse. Bob Weir took his own path
to and through superstardom as rhythm guitarist
for The Grateful Dead. Mike Fleiss re-imagines
the whole wild journey in this magnetic rock doc
and concert film, with memorable input from
bandmates, contemporaries, followers, family,
and, of course, the inimitable Bob Weir himself. | Read MoreMusic and Returning Filmmaker