BRIAN ENO: ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Nicola Roberts / UK / 2010 / 60’
Eno’s extreme intelligence is disconcerting. In this sober BBC documentary, we see the "intellectual rock guru" in his natural habitat (the studio), but also resting on his laurels arguing about science, history or cybernetics with Richard Dawkins or Malcom Gladwell. A majestic conversation in tandem with an unforgettable glance into the mental processes of his intellect.
COMING BACK FOR MORE
Willem Alkema / Holland & USA / 2009 / 73’
Half detective film, half artist biography, this is the search and seizure of Sly Stone, one of the most talented soulmen of the '60s and '70s. It’s strange: with the hands and the record collection of two dedicated brothers we knock on the door of an artist who’s more misanthropic than Pynchon. The past is glorious (and revealed in great detail); the present is somewhat sad. What happened, Sly?
JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON
Bestor Cram / USA / 2008 / 87’
A mythical night in 1968, the Man in Black, bitter king of criminal country, offers his lived-out hymns of redemption and death to the recluses at Folsom. This is the story of that unforgettable penitentiary night, mouth to mouth and bar to bar.
JOHNNY MERCER: THE DREAM’S ON ME
Bruce Ricker & Anthony Wall / UK / 2009 / 100’
With his trademark elegance, Clint Eastwood introduces us to the world of the most fascinating composer of the Great American Songbook. If you don’t know him by name, you’ve surely tra-la-la'd some of his songs: "Moon River", for example. This is his life, his class, his private side, his everlasting thirst and slices of the irreplaceable hits that stand among the best of the 20th Century. Luxurious.
FEIST - LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW
Anthony Seck / Canada / 2010 / 77’
The album The Reminder and Leslie Feist’s human "amplifiers". The film follows her through an impressive array of flickering scenery: echoing stadiums, a crumbling mansion, red carpets, concerts and uncommonly candid interviews. A synergy of collaboration, art as magnifying glass, and the power of trust.
PAUL KALKBRENNER 2010: A LIVE DOCUMENTARY
Max Penzel / Germany / 2010 / 58’
With the success of "Berlin Calling" Paul Kalkbrenner became a DJ superstar whose summer tour in 2010 was seen by over 100,000 fans. This live documentary accompanies the Berlin Techno-Star through European arenas, shows the everyday life on tour and allows us to get an idea of the dimensions to which the success of the movie has catapulted him.
SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL: THE LIFE OF IAN DURY
Mat Whitecross / UK / 2009 / 117’
There aren’t many dignified biopics in the world, but this is one of them. The inventory of dissidence and the sum of calamities (and some worldwide success, like "Sex & drugs & rock’n’roll") that constituted the life of Ian Drury, poliomyelitic punk rocker, devilish letch, rowdy human and creature of great appetites. From pub-rock to “Spasticus Autisticus”, and Andy “Gollum” Serkis as Dury, in the role of his life. Great.
Frank Wierke / Germany / 2010 / 80’
For one year, filmmaker Frank Wierke accompanied the band Die Sterne from Hamburg by himself; with no team, no artificial lighting or tripods. His film shows the band living their lives between the studio, office and stage, and joins them in a crucial phase of the band’s history. How does a song originate? What is the interaction between the members like, and what is the band actually? Where does it all lead to?
STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRIT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
Kerthy Fix & Gail O'Hara / USA / 2010 / 86’
Merritt is the greatest composer of sophisticated pop alive today. Nobody masters language, rhyme, structure and melody like him. Strange Powers introduces us to the processes of this latter-day Cole Porter, Abba fan and compulsive creator in his day-to-day life; with his strange instruments, meticulous collaborators and perfect songs.
THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY LIFE OF JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ
Mikel Cee Karlsson & Fredrik Egerstrand / Sweden / 2010 / 75’
He plays like an archangel and speaks like a physics professor. The Swedish-Argentinean virtuoso guitarist demonstrates that in his world (that of pop), being ordinary ain’t the norm. Calm conversations, reflections on the cosmos and the human being, breakfasts and siestas: a life that is far from rock. And the animated story of his family.
THE WHITE STRIPES. UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Emmett Malloy / USA / 2009 / 93’
Visual gushing (red and white) pleasure with the most photogenic band of rock here and now (sorry Franz Ferdinand), Under Great White Northern Lights catches the duo in the midst of a strange tour in deepest Canada. Playing in strange places and almost by surprise, sharing a stage with kids, theorizing on the band and life on the road, this is a delicious and unprecedented film, made with obvious delight.
Sandra Trostel / G ermany / 2010 / 90’
Super Stars at 18 and already forgotten at 20? The music business spits new talents out into the market through ever faster exploitation cycles. But hype is not a law of nature, as this wisely analyzed documentary about the band 1000 Robota from Hamburg shows. Whether to go your own way or to follow other peoples’ directions – this becomes the focal point of the film, far beyond the music business.
WHO IS HARRY NILSSON (AND WHY IS EVERYBODY TALKIN' ABOUT HIM?)
John Scheinfeld / USA / 2010 / 116’
Nilsson is the demolisher. No other artist has dragged his talent through the mud the way he has, not even Keith Moon. Nilsson is the archetype of a mega-talented '60s composer who could have had it all but decided to indulge in some of the most bestial intoxications rock has to offer and therein drowned his spirit. The story of a slippery slope, of an eternal party, of a gift destroyed: it’s all here, so we can weep.
Vincent Moon / Denmark / 2010 / 50’
In August 2010, Vincent Moon and the eight-member band Efterklang met on a Danish island with the purpose of shooting a film with the same length of an album. Over an intense four days they worked with 200 local musicians, kids and their own parents, and interpreted their album Magic Chairs anew. An unconventional documentary about a band and an island.
Susanne Messmer & George Lindt / Germany / 2006 / 50’
Beijing Bubbles is a documentary about the punk and rock scene in Beijing, a portrait of five bands from the Chinese capital. It’s also a film about being different in a country that is the most developing in the world today, and where everyone seems to be obsessed with social advancement and the accumulation of prosperity.
Carlos Saura / Spain / 2010 / 90’
The beauty of Flamenco music and dance is the protagonist of this film. It is the story of a life, from birth to rebirth. Saura displays the best of the best of current Flamenco’s panorama: Paco de Lucía, Manolo Sanlúcar, José Mercé, Estrella Morente, Sara Baras, Miguel Poveda, Farruquito, Niña Pastori and many others.
FULL DEDICATION ALVARO
Hans Kotter, Jochen Haegele & Christian Zschammer / Germany / 2009 / 90’
Alvaro Peña-Rojas is unique. He dresses extravagantly, his performances exude a quirky charm. He sings off-key, plays the piano with only eight fingers, wearing white gloves. His music is minimalist, his texts are sparse. Along with Joe Strummer he founded one of the first punk bands in London, and has lived in Konstanz since the 70s doing v"his thing" – with plenty of passion and without any concession to the mainstream.
MUSIC FROM THE MOON
Christian Hund, Uwe Wältring & Carsten Christochowitz / Germany / 2009 / 92’
The film follows an international theatre company into the stunning landscape of Iceland and Greenland. They meet local artists and the trip soon becomes an exchange through music. In addition to insights into Nordic life, the film features special moments with Emiliana Torrini, Benni Hemm Hemm, members of Múm and other musicians.
SENDEROS DEL ALMA
Marco de Aguilar / Spain / 2010 / 82’
Or flamenco in the world. The story of the flamenco mass and the jondo art, post-'50s: that of Morente and De Lucía, that which influenced and was influenced by jazz and rock, and opened a path for itself up past the Pyrenees with no intention of stopping until it reached a Japanese island. Tablaos, drugs (a lot), Camarón, the gypsies, they’re all here, told by Enrique and Estrella Morente, Tomatito, Raimundo Amador, Diego Carrasco and some Japanese payo. Essential.
THE JOYSIDE OF EUROPE
Lucian Busse / Germany / 2009 / 84’
From “Beijing Bubbles” to Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris: the four Chinese punk rockers from Joyside were touring Europe for two months and discovered a strange world: we see them having dinner at a Thai "Chinese" restaurant with hardcore vegans in Bremen, at an emergency dentist in Bavaria, visiting rock music sanctuaries and at many wild concerts.
TIEMPO DE LEYENDA
José Sánchez-Montes / Spain / 2009 / 80’
It’s been thirty years and its influence continues. The decisive flamenco record, the total alloy of classical and modern told by Tomatito, Raimundo Amador and other stars, with incredible unseen archival footage and a sound analysis of its time. Definitive!
VENID A LAS CLOACAS: HISTORIA DE LA BANDA TRAPERA DEL RÍO
Daniel Arasanz / Spain / 2010 / 90’
They were the real deal, without tricks or theatrics: '70s kids from Cornellà, delinquents, gang members and pimps, children of immigrants, foul-mouthed and hooked on drugs, the nightmare of the cançó and the layetanos. At last, a documentary about the group with the biggest balls in Spain, punks before anyone knew what it was about, self-destructive and proud. Quake in your boots, people, Trapera’s back.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN
Yony Leyser / USA / 2010 / 88’
A documentary that has it all. The figure: Burroughs, icon of counter-culture and black beast of the US government, pioneering writer and junkie with exceptional longevity, accidental assassin of his own wife. The music: Patti Smith and Sonic Youth. It has archive (partly unseen footage). And it has John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Jello Biafra and more, jogging their memories. A full-bodied film, you’ll see.
BERLIN - LOST IN TIME AND SPACE
Oliver Schwabe / Germany / 2009 / 90’
Punk, Pop, NDW, Rock - this movie shows excerpts of stories and reports from the Western and Eastern television’s archives that document the sound of the divided city and the players of that time. David Bowie, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave... Pop culture between the erection of the Berlin Wall and its fall, complemented by new interviews with witnesses from both East and West.
Don Letts / UK / 2009 / 48’
Don Letts, the director-photographer-DJ and official black man of punk 77, celebrates and defends the famous Notting Hill Gate carnival. Its West Indian origins in 1959, its ruptures (youth-maturity, reggae vs. calypso) and its commercialization, its battles and victories. The story of the UK’s most authentic cultural barometer hits our screens with the best sound systems.
DISCO LOVE MACHINE
Oliver Schwabe / Germany / 2007 / 150’
With this collage about the phenomenon of Disco we embark on a trip to the 70s – with quick visits to the here and now - and meet Donna Summer, Amanda Lear, John Travolta, ABBA, Tina Turner, Sister Sledge, Supermax, Boney M. , Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Blondie and many more. 2 ½ hours under the shiny disco ball - our Saturday Night Fever-Special!
HAMBURG CALLING - Musik aus einer Hafenstadt
Oliver Schwabe / Germany / 2010 / 90’
Oliver Schwabe has scoured the archives of the northern German TV-station NDR and found gems which document over 50 years of Hamburg and German’s music history. From the Beatles, to the so-called Hamburg School, to Hip Hop and 1000 Robota. Supplemented with numerous interviews, he has created a musical portrait whose mix of image and music celebrates the city’s spirit.
HIGH ON HOPE
Piers Sanderson / UK / 2009 / 72’
As the Beastie Boys said: You’ve got to fight for your right to party. Welcome to the second English revolution, as revealed by its anonymous heroes: the rise of the warehouse raves in Blackburn. Politics, hardcore, insomnia and anti-police uprisings in 18 months (1989 to 1991), in which acid house transformed from an underground local phenomenon to a worldwide cultural explosion. Thrilling.
ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE
Lars Larson, Peter J. Vogt, Michael Rivoir / USA / 2009 / 95’
This is the message from today’s leading jazz artists (Greg Osby, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard and more) who celebrate the jazz of the past here as much as their will to carry it beyond, without submitting to the canon. Marsalis, Hancock, Shorter and other elders bless their ideas.
SOUL TRAIN: THE HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA
J. Kevin Swain & Amy Goldberg / USA / 2009 / 65’
The black music TV programme by definition, documented the evolution of black music (and the clothing that accompanied it), better than a thousand books. Soul Train was so popular that its dancers ended up becoming stars in their own right, and all the important artists of 70’s soul and funk graced its stage, from Curtis and O’Jays to James Brown and Funkadelic. The coolest trip across America (and what shimmying, good lord).
STARDUST - Von der Leidenschaft ein Star zu sein
Oliver Schwabe / Germany / 2008 / 90’
The collage tells us about a promise, a hope for a better world, or simply about unfulfilled dreams. For a long time, rockstars fulfilled these dreams, they were adored and idolised. Udo Lindenberg, David Bowie, Johnny Rotten, MIT, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger talk to us in interviews where light is shed on the phenomenon of "stardom".
UPSIDE DOWN: THE STORY OF CREATION RECORDS
Danny O'Connor / UK / 2010 / 101’
Or the label that sold its soul to the devil. Creation had all the soul known to man in the beginning: Biff Bang Pow, Jasmine Minks and Primal Scream, Jesus & Mary Chain, MBV and Teenage Fanclub. Then came the drugs, the champagne, Oasis and the sale to Sony. It’s all in here, told by those who were there: Alan McGee and Bobby Gillespie to Norman Blake and Noel Gallagher. Historic.
WOODSTOCK: NOW & THEN
Barbara Kopple / USA / 2009 / 89’
A legend falls, noisily. An essential excavation amidst the ashes of what was Woodstock, 1969: what really happened, and not what the hippy stories say. Lawsuits, disasters and losses, but also moving community action and spontaneous fraternity. Brilliant.