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Director: Robert Clem

How They Got Over celebrates the spirit of gospel performers and how they helped usher in a musical revolution that changed the world forever.

Beginning in the 1920s, Black singers across the country took to the highways as the new technology of radio and records made it possible to reach a wider audience. Intense competition brought new ways to entertain, first with guitars, later with full bands, then with a performance style that would inspire Mick Jagger and a host of other rock and rollers.

Their music was infectious, wrecking many a house on the chittlin' circuit, then graduating to the Apollo and other major auditoriums across the country. The success of gospel quartets inspired record labels to form "doo-wop" groups that enticed gospel singers like Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and Wilson Pickett to cross over to greater fame.

How They Got Over features classic performance footage of the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Blind Boys of Mississippee, Sensational Nightingales, the Davis Sisters and many more. Some of the greatest names in quartet music are interviewed in the film, giving vivid accounts of how they "got over" in their performances: shouting, bending over backwards, dancing, jumping off the stage: what came to be known as "gospel drama" - and a huge influence on future rock 'n' rollers.

DVD / 2021 / 87 minutes

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By Mark Archer

A poignant, moving documentary on the British powerhouse rock group IDLES

DON'T GO GENTLE is a film about finding strength in vulnerability. It journeys through determination, friendship and adversity of IDLES' as they fight for a place in a divided socio-political environment, unexpectedly inspiring and unifying an international community along the way.

DVD / 2021 / 75 minutes

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Director: Ryan Camarda

One composer, thousands of songs, millions of videos, and billions of views: Kevin MacLeod is the world's most-heard living composer…who nobody's heard of. His music reaches more people on a daily basis (measured by unique internet views) than every cable, broadcast, and network in western media combined.

Royalty Free brings to life this remarkable musician, who has released thousands of his songs "royalty free," allowing anyone to use his music for no charge, from the biggest Hollywood studios down to grandmas making cat videos. The film delves into the digital audio revolution, which allows one person with a synthesizer to become an entire orchestra. This 'democratization of music' has enabled great creativity, but at has threatened the livelihood of analog musicians, from recording artists to orchestra members and Broadway musicians.

Ultimately, the film is about the value we place on creative work in our society, and how the evolving landscape of technology influences our consumption, production, and distribution of the work itself.

DVD / 2021 / 91 minutes

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Director: Susan Koch

Music Got Me Here follows the against-all-odds, true-life journey of Forrest Allen - a story of the power of music to heal and transform lives, often in miraculous ways. A snowboard accident leaves Forrest, age 18, trapped inside himself, unable to speak or walk for almost two years. Tom Sweitzer, an eccentric music therapist with a troubled childhood who credits music with saving his own life, is determined to help Forrest find his voice.

Ancient philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, recognized and wrote about the tremendous power of music. But it's only recently that neuroscientists, using advanced magnetic resonance imaging, have been able to go beyond the anecdotal - and actually document the powerful pathways that exist between music and the brain. Music therapy has the potential to improve the lives of those dealing with some of life's most serious challenges including traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer's, autism, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy, mental health issues, PTSD, stroke recovery, pain management, and opioid addiction.

Filmed over five years by award-winning director Susan Koch, Music Got Me Here explores this fascinating therapy through the story of Forrest, featuring interviews with renowned soprano and music therapy advocate Renee Fleming and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins.

DVD / 2020 / 90 minutes

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Directed by Margie Friedman, Barbara Multer-Wellin

The inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them.

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. The orchestra's mission is to erase the stigmatization of people living with mental illness through the creation of beautiful music, community, compassion and understanding...one concert at a time. Most important, it is changing the lives of the musicians and audiences in ways they never imagined.

With compelling characters, striking animation, even humor, ORCHESTRATING CHANGE addresses many of the myths about mental illness by showing what living with a mental illness is really like—with both setbacks and accomplishments. The film challenges audiences to reconsider their preconceived notions about mental illness. For those living with a diagnosis, it is empowering.

The film culminates in an extraordinary concert that is a triumph--for Me2/Orchestra's conductor and co-founder, Ronald Braunstein, who lives with bipolar disorder and thought he might never conduct again, and for the musicians, their families and the audience.

DVD / 2020 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adults) / 85 minutes

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By Bruce Connors

Grammy Nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix from their Rock n Roll barn create a musical journey about the history of Americana town, Hurley, NY.

DVD / 2020 / 44 minutes

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By Danny Garcia

Exploring the rise of Brian Jones and the Rolling Stones as well as Jones untimely death, acclaimed director and rock music historian Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of The Clash, Looking for Johnny, Sad Vacation, STIV) paints an interesting and revealing picture of doomed pop star.

DVD (Color) / 2020 / 90 minutes

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By Eric Mahoney

An exploration of the seminal 90's rock band Brainiac, its creative force Tim Taylor and the tragedy they overcame.

In the mid 1990's the Dayton, OH music scene was generating worldwide buzz from the influential indie rock being produced there. Arguably the most innovative was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and charismatic front man Tim Taylor.

On the verge of signing a major label record deal Taylor was tragically killed in an auto accident leaving his family and band-mates to pick up the pieces.

The film features members of Brainiac, The Taylor family and a slew of musicians including Fred Armisen, Steve Albini, Matt Berninger, Buzz Osbourne, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Melissa Auf der Maur, David Yow, Stuart Braithewaite, Eli Janney, and many others.

DVD (Color) / 2019 / 108 minutes

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An electrifying review of legendary singer-songwriter Chuck Berry, whose charisma and talents defined rock and roll and transcended both genre and color lines. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" is a historic record of the continuing impact of the father of Rock 'N Roll. Featuring the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Petty, Hendrix, Ronstadt and more.

DVD (Color) / 2019 / 54 Minutes

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By Brent Backhus 2019 concert performance by the legendary Grammy Award nominee and Blues Hall of Fame Joe Louis Walker, filmed live at the Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

DVD (Color) / 2019 / 85 minutes

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By Paul Reed

A blues-music documentary about American bluesman Kent DuChaine combines an extensive interview with performance footage of blues standards and self-penned numbers recorded in England in 1995 and 1997.

DVD / 2019 / 90 minutes

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By Leslie Ann Coles

Melody Maker Magazine's Chief Contributing Photographer (1965-1975) Barrie Wentzell tells the story of the rise and fall of the magazine which marked the end to a style of rock n' roll journalism that no longer exists today.

DVD / 2019 / 97 minutes

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By Adam Dubin

In the early 1980's, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash!

From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement.

Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves.

Featuring interviews with some of the biggest acts of the time including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more!

Narrated by Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory).

DVD (With French, German, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese Subtitles) / 2019 / 92 minutes

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By Danny Garcia

From Danny Garcia, the director of Rise and Fall of The Clash, Looking for Johnny and Sad Vacation, comes this 2019 feature documentary on Stiv Bators with an original score by Jimmy Zero (CBGB).

DVD (Color) / 2019 / 82 minutes

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Director: Alan Govenar

Extraordinary Ordinary People is a music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America. At a time when the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts has never been more threatened, Alan Govenar's documentary focuses on one of its least known and most enduring programs: the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually since 1982.

Featuring a breathtaking array of men and women who have been awarded the fellowship, including musicians, dancers, quilters, woodcarvers and more, the film demonstrates the importance of the folk and traditional arts in shaping the fabric of America. From Bill Monroe and B.B. King to Passamaquoddy basket weavers and Peking Opera singers; from Appalachia and the mountains of New Mexico to the inner city neighborhoods of New York, the suburbs of Dallas, and the isolated Native American reservations of Northern California - each of the artists share exceptional talent, ingenuity, and perseverance.

DVD / 2017 / 84 minutes

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Directors: Chris Valdes, Ted Griswold

Olancho is the story of the most lawless province in Honduras, the most murderous country in the world. It is the story of a group of musicians who perform for the powerful drug cartels there. Their songs glorify the traffickers who have destroyed their country, and who sometimes threaten the lives of their loved ones. But in a world where the cartels wield the most power, do the musicians have any other choice?

DVD (Spanish with English Subtitles) / 2017 / 70 minutes

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By Lutz Gregor
With Fatoumata "Fatou" Diawara, Bassekou Kouyate, Master Soumy & Ahmed Ag Kaedi

The West African country of Mali is a birthplace of the blues, a musical tradition later carried by the transatlantic slave trade to America's cotton fields. Yet today, the music and musicians of Mali are in grave danger. As fundamentalist Islam and sharia law become more widespread, dance and secular music are prohibited, musical instruments are destroyed, and musicians are forced to flee their homeland.

The vibrant documentary MALI BLUES follows four artists: Fatoumata "Fatou" Diawara is a rising star on the global pop scene (memorably featured in Abderrahmane Sissako's acclaimed drama Timbuktu). Bassekou Kouyate is a celebrated ngoni player and traditional griot. Master Soumy is a young street rapper influenced by hip-hop. Ahmed Ag Kaedi is the leader of the Tuareg band Amanar and a guitar virtuoso. Each combines rich musical traditions with contemporary influences, using their music to stand up to extremism and inspire tolerance and peace.

DVD (Color) / 2016 / 93 minutes

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Directors: Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards

What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano -- a bandleader, musician, historian, scholar, collector, and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and '30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements. This beautifully crafted documentary offers an intimate and energetic portrait of a truly devoted musician and preservationist, taking us behind the scenes of the recording of HBO's Grammy award-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and alongside Giordano as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans. - Jacob Burns Film Center

DVD / 2016 / 90 minutes

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Director: Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm

I Dream of Wires is a documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer. The film explores the synthesizer's remarkable history, revealing how innovators like Robert Moog, working at Columbia University's Computer Music Center, helped built the foundation for the machine. It shows how cheap foreign imports destroyed the synthesizer's reputation. And it tracks the phenomenal resurgence of high end modular synthesizers being used by a new generation of musicians, many of them the progenitors of the electronic dance music genre.

Inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer - for many, it's an all-consuming passion. Established musicians such as Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Morton Subotnick, Carl Craig and John Foxx show off their systems and explain why they opt to use this volatile but ultimately rewarding technology.

Meanwhile, a new generation of dance and electronica artists including Clark, James Holden and Factory Floor explain why they've embraced the sound and physicality of modular synthesizers. Innovative companies like Modcan and Doepfer, driven by a desire to revive modular synthesizers, discuss how they planted the seeds that have grown into a major cottage industry. What started out as a "vintage-revival scene" in the '90s has evolved into an underground phenomena, with users and aficionados craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces.

Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument - it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bona-fide subculture.

DVD / 2015 / 96 minutes

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Director: Josh Aronson

Talent Has Hunger is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. Filmed over 7 years, the film is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, the passion that can grip and sustain a young player from childhood through the last days of life and the years of sacrifice and dedication a budding artist needs to fulfill one's talent. The film focuses on the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the struggles of mastering the cello. Through the words and actions of master cello teacher, Paul Katz, it's clear that this deep study of music not only prepares wonderful musicians, but builds self-esteem and a cultural and aesthetic character that will be profoundly important throughout his students' lives.

DVD / 2015 / 82 minutes

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