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Cuba has just been opened up to Americans, but twenty years ago musician Ry Cooder saw to it that a vanishing music tradition was preserved for posterity. Wim Wenders followed up with this rough & ready documentary that became almost as popular as the best selling album of mambos, boleros and cha-chas.
The Criterion Collection 866
1999 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 105 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 18, 2017 / 39.95
Starring: Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López, Amadito Valdés, Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, Pío Leyva, Manuel ‘Puntillita’ Licea, Juan de Marcos González.
Cinematography: Jörg Widmer
Film Editor: Brian Johnson
Produced by Deepak Nayar
Directed by Wim Wenders
Looking for something new and invigorating, in the late 1980s Paul Simon collaborated with South African vocalists for a refreshing pop hybrid album »
- Glenn Erickson
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God is – finally – getting the feature documentary treatment.
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, described as an unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of one of music's all-time legends, is in the works, with Lili Fini Zanuck, director of 1991's Rush and the Oscar-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy, directing.
Altitude Film Sales has boarded the project for international sales and will be showing the first footage to buyers in »
- Alex Ritman
Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” is to direct documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” partnering with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winners “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights. First footage will be unveiled to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.
“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck, who previously directed 1991 crime drama “Rush.” “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”
The film will also examine Clapton’s personal life, which »
- Leo Barraclough
Music documentaries are a genre unto their own – sometimes they give you a glimpse behind the scenes of your favourite band, and sometimes they’re about someone you’ve never heard about who become your favourite band. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Best Music Documentaries of all time:
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil
An opening of Heavy Metal icons such Slash, Lemmy and Lars Ulrich singing the praises of a band you’ve never heard of makes you think it’s all just a Spinal Tap style spoof. But no, after never quite hitting the big time in the early 80s, Canadian Metal band Anvil have still been plugging away despite the lack of success – at the beginning of the film frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow is having to make a living delivering school dinners in Toronto! It’s a heart-warming underdog tale of never giving up your dream. »
- Phil Wheat
Donovan Chan.. . The Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) and Singapore-based production company Beach House Pictures have announced the six mentees selected for the 2017 Access@Aidc Early Career Mentorship Program. . Chosen by Beach House.s creative director Donovan Chan, the participants are: Adam Finney (Qld), Bridget O'Shea (Vic), Charby Ibrahim (Vic), Jeff Hann (Act), Marleena Forward (Vic), and Viviana Petyarre (Nt). . The six early-career factual filmmakers will learn directly from established Australian and international pros through mentorship sessions during Aidc 2017. . .We were very impressed with calibre of the Access Applicants and look forward to meeting the successful candidates at Aidc,. said Chan.. . As well as Chan, this year.s Access Mentors include Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom; John Battsek, the producer of One Day in September and Ep of Searching for Sugar Man; ABC TV.s head of Indigenous, Kelrick Martin; executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute and producer of What Happened, »
- Staff Writer
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