Produced by Emmy award-winning Banger Films,ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS, a story of how three teenage bluesmen Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard became the biggest, most beloved band on the planet. ZZ Top maintains a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years on.
The film in addition has an intimate performance at legendary Gruene Hall shot exclusively for this documentary. “That Little Ol’ Band” above all runs the gamut, from squalid Texas bars to MTV heroics. This documentary in conclusion is the extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know and story we don’t.
“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll” tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound.
“Asbury Park” returns native sons Southside Johnny, David Sancious, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start, featuring never before seen interviews and performances. Shuttered for four and a half decades, the Upstage remains a perfect time capsule of the Club which united both sides of the tracks in Asbury and acted as a crucible for young talent. Now, as Asbury Park enjoys its long awaited renaissance, it is music which has brought it back from the dead.
This major theatrical event will also include a bonus feature of never before seen footage, as Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, Springsteen and the Upstage All-stars play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theater and trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.
‘Dolores’, a Carlos Santana Production, in association with 5 Stick Films, and THE DOLORES HUERTA FILM PROJECT, LLC (PBS), was nominated for a 2018 Peabody Award as a Documentary. Peabody Award winners and nominees will be celebrated at a red-carpet event on Saturday, May 18, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
I am fortunate to have WPKN-FM/Bridgeport hosting the Music on Film series right in my backyard. I have previously attended films about the blues, Sidemen, Long Road to Glory and Chasing Trane about John Coltrane.
Mark played keyboards in The Butterfield Blues Band on the first five albums. Mark hosts a blues radio hour on WPKN-FM. He also plays twice a month with various musicians at the 323 Restaurant Bar in Westport, CT.
You had me at: “Good vibes from old hippies” — VARIETY
40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie is a labor of love. The film started when television executive Lee Aronsohn (Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men) was searching for a new project. He recalled a band from his college days in Boulder, CO, called Magic Music, whose songs he had always loved. They never released an album. Lee made it his mission to track down the scattered members of the band and find out why they never “made it” – and convince them to reunite for ONE LAST SHOW!
The film is not just about a band, but about the impact that music leaves on one’s soul. It’s about the way our favorite bands offer soundtracks to our lives, and how we can tell how we, and the world, have changed through the years.
Award Winning Director Tracey Anarella has teamed up with Livingston Taylor to create a compelling documentary about Livingston, his life, his career and his unique and amazing teachings at the Berklee College of Music!
The film, “Livingston Taylor – Life Is Good” shows Livingston Taylor as the unique one-off that he is. Equal parts Mark Twain, WC Fields, college professor, and musical icon – an icon who is a large part of America’s first music family, one part iconoclastic and beloved professor giving back to the music that nurtured him, and most importantly, a man whose life is testament to the concept that ‘Life IS Good’.
An airplane-flying, motorbike-riding, singing-guitar/piano-man, dead set on enriching the world he inhabits. Liv represents a unique type of modern guide about how one’s life could be a very good life by being inquisitive, smart, and grabbing life by its collar and never letting go. Indeed, there is no one like Liv.
Pleased to share that the documentary “Livingston Taylor – Life Is Good” has been a part of or accepted to the following awards with awards and nominations!
Amsterdam International Film Festival: The Van Gogh Award for the Feature Documentary category
Amsterdam International Filmmakers Festival: Official Selection and Tracey Anarella and Peter Fish nominated for Best Editing in a Feature Documentary; Tracey Anarella nominated for Best Director in a Feature Documentary
I viewed the trailer for the documentaryRyuichi Sakamoto: Coda which looks at the life and work of the pianist and composer.
There is a scene where the words, “Music requires peace.” appear as Mr. Sakamoto bows and prays to honor the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Three simple words which resonate wisdom and purpose.
You can read further about Mr. Sakamoto and this New York Times Critic’s Pick film below.
Ken Burns is the leading documentarian of American history and culture. The film catalog he and his team have produced in partnership with PBS is America’s cultural repository.
Ken Burns and company are working on Country Music, a series scheduled for PBS viewing in 2019.
Country Music will chronicle the history of a uniquely American art form, rising from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive regions of our nation. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from California honky tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, we will follow the evolution of country music over the course of the twentieth century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music.
It will be directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey—Emmy-award winning creators of PBS’s most-acclaimed and most-watched documentaries for more than a quarter century, including The Civil War, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Dust Bowl, and many more.
Country Music will be a sweeping, multi-episode series, exploring the questions, “What is country music?” “Where did it come from?” while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created it—from the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills, to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more—as well as the times in which they lived. And like the music itself, Country Musicwill tell unforgettable stories—stories of the hardships and joys shared by everyday people.
We will trace its origins in minstrel music, ballads, hymns, and the blues, and its early years when it was called hillbilly music played across the airwaves on radio station barn dances. We will see how Hollywood B movies instituted the fad of singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and watch how the rise of juke joints after World War II changed the musical style by bringing electric guitars and pedal steel guitars to the forefront. We will follow the rise of bluegrass music with Bill Monroe and we will note how one of country music’s offspring—rockabilly—mutated into rock and roll in Memphis. And we’ll see how Nashville slowly became not just the mecca of country music, but “Music City USA.” All the while, we will note the constant tug of war between the desire to make country music as mainstream as possible and the periodic reflexes to bring it back to its roots.
A tie-in collaboration event designed to celebrate the PBS première of Ken Burn’s Country Music is scheduled for the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2018-2019 Concert Series.
APR 25–27, 8PM • ROSE THEATER
WYNTON MARSALIS AND KEN BURNS: COUNTRY MUSIC
Iconic documentarian Ken Burns and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explore the shared roots found throughout American music. With never-before-seen clips from Burns’ upcoming Country Music series, audiences will learn the fascinating and often intertwined histories of songs made famous by artists such as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and others. Then hear brand new arrangements of those songs written and performed by the JLCO.
This film is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.
I love the collaboration accomplished by Director Wim Wenders and the artist Patti Smith. Their collective effort benefits viewer and listeners in capturinhg the true spiritual resonance Pope Francis conveys in our world. How rewarding it must be to have your words and film raising further consciousness about the Holy Father. The illumination of our spirits is the direct result. I can’t wait to see this film in a movie theater for I am convinced as a devout Roman Catholic the experience embodies my faith and teachings.
Patti Smith’s song “These Are the Words” are heard over the closing credits. I’ve been listening to the song repeatedly while writing this blog post. It gives one pause and solace.
Filmmaker Wim Wenders says that Patti Smith “is a truly amazing spiritual person, not just one of the greatest singers and songwriters ever. She admires St. Francis very much, and at one point, she told me she stayed in the same Franciscan monastery where we also ate with the monks every night when we shot the St. Francis episodes,” Wenders said. “And she told these very kind and friendly brothers that she was convinced that the next Pope was going to be called Francis. They all laughed wholeheartedly and told her this was, unfortunately, never going to happen. And then it happened!”
Wenders added, “When I first heard Patti’s song and read the lyrics that she had sent along, I admit, I was in tears. This was such an incredible gift to the film. She had found the perfect way to sum it up in her words. It is uplifting without ever being remotely embarrassing, which is close to impossible. But she did it.