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Bob Dylan Documentarian Murray Lerner Dead at 90

Bob Dylan Documentarian Murray Lerner Dead at 90
Famed music documentarian Murray Lerner, who captured Bob Dylan going electric and Jimi Hendrix's legendary Isle of Wight performance, died Saturday from kidney failure, Variety reports. He was 90.

Lerner's son, Noah, said the filmmaker died at his home in Long Island City, New York after falling ill about three months ago. "He was a complete filmmaker," Noah Lerner said. "A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced and directed."

Along with Dylan and Hendrix, Lerner's myriad subjects included the Who, Miles Davis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Leonard Cohen.
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Festival: Folk Music at Newport, 1963-1966

We thought all the great vintage music documentaries were accounted for, but Murray Lerner’s look at the Newport Folk Festival in the mid-‘sixties is a terrific time machine to a kindler, gentler musical era. The mix of talent is broad and deep, and we get to see excellent vintage coverage of some real legends, before the hype & marketing plague arrived.

Festival: Folk Music at Newport, 1963-1966

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The Criterion Collection 892

1967 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 97 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 12, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers, Odetta, Ronnie Gilbert, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Theodore Bikel, Cousin Emmy, Horton Barker, Fiddler Beers, Mimi Fariña, Richard Farina, Mrs. Ollie Gilbert, Fannie Lou Hamer, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, John Koerner, Jim Kweskin, Tex Logan, Mel Lyman, Spokes Mashiyane, Fred McDowell, Brownie McGhee, Pappy Clayton McMichen,
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Film Review: ‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’

Film Review: ‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’
The fabled Oscar-winning documentary “From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China” (1980), which followed Stern as he taught the children of Communist China to play — and love — Western classical music, captured a new kind of synergy between the West and the East. In “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” a documentary directed by Morgan Neville (who made the Oscar-winning “20 Feet from Stardom”), musicians from all over the world join the legendary cellist to form a virtuoso ragtag band, and they create a joyful noise — a percolating life force that’s equal parts klezmer and Bollywood, with maybe a hint of disco. The instrumentalists, who hail from Spain, Syria, Japan, Iran, and other nations, are so at home with global musical fusion that they might almost have been among the Chinese teenagers taught by Isaac Stern — and, in fact, one of them was (we see
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‘Amy’ and ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Join Long List of Music-Related Docs Nominated for Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best documentary feature nominees continues a long trend of music docs being recognized by the Academy, as two music-related films have earned nominations at this year’s Oscars.

Amy, which tells the story of late songstress Amy Winehouse in her own words through never-before-seen archival footage and unreleased tracks and is nominated for best doc this year, earned nominations for the Queer Palm and Golden Eye awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for director Asif Kapadia.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus earned the second nomination of her career with the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? The film focuses on the life of iconic R&B singer Nina Simone and her life as a singer, mother, and civil rights activist. Garbus earned her first Oscar nomination in 1998 for her documentary The Farm: Angola, USA.

Music-related docs have been a hot topic for the Academy in years past,
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‘Keep on Keepin’ On’ Could Join 17 Music-Related Oscar-Nommed Docs

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Keep on Keepin’ On, director Alan Hicks’ debut film, follows four years of the friendship and mentorship between jazz legend and trumpeter Clark Terry, who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington and taught a young Quincy Jones how to play, and Justin Kauflin, a talented 23-year-old blind pianist. The two musicians support each other as Terry begins to lose his eyesight due to health issues and as Kauflin deals with stage fright as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The film is one of 15 films on the Oscar documentary shortlist, five of which will be nominated on Jan. 15.

The Academy is particularly fond of music-related documentaries, nominating 17 since 1942, with eight winning. Keep on Keepin’ On could join the following Oscar-nominated films:

Festival (1967)

Director Murray Lerner’s black-and-white documentary offers a glimpse into three years (1963-1966) of the Newport Folk Festival, which
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Bob Dylan in Murray Lerner's Festival

Bob Dylan, Festival Bob Dylan, along with Joan Baez; Judy Collins; Peter, Paul and Mary's Peter Yarrow; Donovan; Odetta; Son House; and others, is featured in Murray Lerner's Festival. Nominated for the 1967 Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category, Festival will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar series on Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Murray Lerner and Peter Yarrow. Lerner went on to direct Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight and The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival. He won an Academy Award for his 1980 documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) in New York City.
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Oscar-Nominated Documentary Festival Screening in New York

Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary's Peter Yarrow, Festival Murray Lerner's 1967 Academy Award-nominated documentary Festival will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar series on Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The program will feature a newly struck print from the Academy Film Archive and will include a post-screening chat with Lerner and Peter, Paul and Mary singer Peter Yarrow. From the Academy's press release: Festival captures the annual Newport Folk Festival from 1963–66, including live performances by an all-star lineup of such folk music pioneers as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Judy Collins, and Peter, Paul and Mary, as well as interviews with festival attendees and conversations with artists on topics ranging from musical philosophy to the appeal of folk style. Lerner also directed Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight
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Ken Russell, Murray Lerner Photo: Tommy Academy Screening

Ken Russell (right), a Best Director Academy Award nominee for Women in Love (1970), and Oscar-winning documentarian Murray Lerner (From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China) pose for the camera before the 35th anniversary screening of Russell’s Tommy. The 1975 rock opera (by The Who) starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, and Oliver Reed, was presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, May 21, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Tommy also features Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, and Tina Turner. In the movie, Daltrey plays [...]
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