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  • Far Western


    Amid the ashes of post-WWII Japan, the bittersweet sounds of American traditional country music drifted through the radio airwaves. Although intended for the U.S. occupying forces, a vast "ghost audience" of young Japanese quickly warmed to the soothing, yet foreign, sounds.

    Since falling in lov...

  • From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China


    In 1979, Ukrainian-American violinist Isaac Stern made an unprecedented tour of China, the first such tour by a Western musician in a country still reeling from the effects of the Cultural Revolution. On hand to document the historic event was filmmaker Murray Lerner, who gathered footage of Ster...

  • A Reggae Session


    Gathered together for a once-in-a-lifetime musical celebration, the biggest stars of reggae and beyond met at Fort Charles, Jamaica for a history-making concert event. Featuring two generations of legendary talent, the night included performances by Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, I-Three, Ziggy Marl...

  • Strike a Pose


    Re-released in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the of Madonna's seminal 1991 documentary TRUTH OR DARE!

    In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay,1 straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film TRUTH OR DARE, they showed the world how to expre...

  • Shake the Dust


    Despite its genesis in the Bronx, hip-hop has become a universal language spoken across all cultures. This inspirational documentary pays tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement, chronicling three different breakdance crews from the slums of Uganda, Yemen and Cambodia, where hip-hop ...

  • The Audition

    While performing at a wedding, Sarah has an unexpected encounter with someone from her past.


  • White Riot


    Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration with the National Front, a far-right political party, gaining strength. Outraged by this xenophobic agenda and a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders teams up with like-minded creati...

  • Hawaiian Rainbow


    In the 1970s, Hawaii began a period of renewed interest in native history, language, crafts, music, dance and spirituality that became known as the Second Hawaiian Renaissance. As a result of this resurgence came enormous social, cultural and political activity and excitement, which continues to ...

  • Kumu Hula: Keepers of a Culture


    Renowned documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge examines the art of the hula, exploring Hawaiian song and dance culture going back to 500 AD when the Polynesians first arrived. These traditions have been passed along from generation to generation by kahuna (priests and sages) and kumu hula (master te...

  • Gospel According to Al Green


    In the early and mid 1970s, the release of songs like “Let’s Stay Together,” “Love and Happiness,” “Tired of Being Alone,” and “Take Me to The River” made Al Green one of the most successful soul and pop singers in the world. However, as the decade progressed, Green suffered an existential crisis...

  • Louis van Beethoven


    The year is 1826. Ludwig van Beethoven (Tobias Moretti) faces the final stanza of his storied career. Deaf and defiant, he recalls memories of his youth, when as an eight-year-old prodigy he comes under the tutelage of the Bonn court organist, Christian Gottlob Neefe. Years later after an encount...

  • Black Wax: Gil Scott-Heron


    Renowned documentarian Robert Mugge showcases the art, the life, and the personality of the great African American poet-singer-songwriter-author Gil Scott-Heron, the man Melody Maker once called “the most dangerous musician alive” and many have dubbed the forefather of rap music. Perhaps the firs...

  • George Crumb: Voice of the Whale


    In 1976, Robert Mugge made his first film about American music, GEORGE CRUMB: VOICE OF THE WHALE, a strikingly original work about the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Notable for its innovative use of color, this documentary portrait includes a full-length performance by the Penn Contemporary Pl...

  • God of the Piano
    Movie + 1 extra

    God of the Piano

    Movie + 1 extra

    Anat (Naama Preis, Best Actress winner at the Jerusalem Film Festival) has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, so the family's hope of producing a talented composer rests on her unborn son. After giving birth to a deaf child, Anat takes drastic measures to ensure tha...

  • Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise


    Decades ahead of his time, composer, keyboard player, bandleader, singer, poet, and philosopher Sun Ra coupled sci-fi images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with traditiona...

  • Farinelli


    In the 18th century during Handel's time, no man was more famous or more celebrated than the castrato, Farinelli. The incredible, true story of the world famous opera singer - who was castrated during childhood in order to preserve his voice - comes to life in this Oscar-nominated drama of high n...

  • The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story


    Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Bette Midler and Norah Jones are just a handful of the iconic artists produced by 12 time Grammy Award-winning producer/arranger Arif Mardin. The Grammy nominated film, The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story, chronicles the life and career of the man who p...

  • Mad Tiger


    For decades, Japanese ex-pats and best friends Kengo Hioki and Kotaro Tsukada have wowed audiences with their singular band Peelander-Z. Based in New York City and described as a "Japanese Action Comic Punk Band," Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, pus...

  • I Am the Blues


    I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their 80s, still living...

  • Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents

    Movie + 10 extras

    The story of the iconic renegade cult band The Residents. From the group’s formation in Shreveport to their success in the burgeoning San Francisco avant-garde music scene of the 60s and 70s, The Residents redefined what a rock band could be. With the advent of music videos in the 1980s, these ma...

  • East Jerusalem West Jerusalem


    Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialog between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During 8 days and nights of joint creation by his mixed Jewish and Muslim band in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises...

  • The Wind Journeys


    For most of his life, Ignacio traveled the villages of Colombia, playing songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind. But after the death of his wife, he vows to never pl...

  • Conduct! Every Move Counts


    The struggle of five artists for success at the International Conductors' Competition in Frankfurt provides real-life drama that tests not only their musical ability but their personal character. Told against the backdrop of this career-defining event, CONDUCT! EVERY MOVE COUNTS documents the fri...

  • Beowulf


    Since 1990, Benjamin Bagby has been performing the great epic Beowulf around the world. While Beowulf lives on in literature as a written poem, its pre-literate medieval audience knew it through the performance of a scop, a bardic storyteller, as Bagby presents himself as here. In this one-man to...