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Film Review: ‘Musicwood’

1 November 2013 5:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Musicwood” takes as its title and subject an extraordinary coalition: guitar makers, Native American corporation heads and Greenpeace environmentalists who, for a time at least, sought to find a collective solution to their contradictory interests. At stake: the future of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest in the U.S. and the last repository of the rare, centuries-old Sitka oaks used for the soundboards of fine acoustic guitars. Part music docu, part travelogue and part ecological advocacy film, Maxine Trump’s feature loses focus as it progresses, though its insights into guitar making, forestry harvesting and environmental shortages resonate strongly.

On the face of it, the coalition’s three arms would seem to have everything in common: Greenpeace wants to protect the rainforest; the guitar makers want to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of Sitka oak (their usage accounting for only a fraction of a percent of the wood harvested »

- Ronnie Scheib

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