ZZ Top – That Little Old Band From Texas

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

“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.

Official Trailer

“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.

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Proceeds from the film will help support TeachRock!

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and BAMI

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.

This week Music on Film presents Grace Jones: Bloodlight and BAMI on Thursday December 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport.

A portion of the ticket sales benefits WPKN-FM my favorite public radio station.

I’m eager to learn more about Grace Jones 🙂


Screening: Horn From The Heart

Last year I wrote about the Paul Butterfield documentary Horn From The Heart. I am pleased to share that there will be a screening at The Fairfield Stage One on November 27th in Fairfield CT. It will be followed  with a Q and A with filmmaker Sandy Warren and musician Mark Naftalin.

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.

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie

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.

 

 

Livingston Taylor – Life Is Good

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
  • Woods Hole Film Festival: Official Selection
  • Jogja International Film Festival: Award of Merit for a Feature Documentary
  • Jakarta Film Festival: Official Selection
  • Central Java Film Festival: Official Selection
  • The Bali Film Festival: Official Selection
  • The Jogya Kartha Film Festival: Official choice
  • Asbury Park Movie and Film Festival: Official Selection
Upcoming Screenings – (More to follow as they are announced)