Docs That Rock

Sundance Music Docs

Few notable things from the just-announced list of docs at the upcoming 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Culled from the press release:

    When You’re Strange (Director and Screenwriter: Tom DiCillo) – The first feature documentary about The Doors, When You’re Strange enters the dark and dangerous world of one of America’s most influential bands using only footage shot between 1966 and 1971. World Premiere. Tom keeps a pretty cool director’s blog and talks about the Doors acceptance to Sundance (and Berlin Film Festival) here, writing about Morrison and the film: “There is no figure in the history of American Rock and Roll who inspired so many myths; and continues to. The title also touches all those who have ever felt the cool chill of isolation and oddness themselves. Which, in a way, is all of us.”
    Afghan Star/Afghanistan/UK (Director: Havana Marking) – After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to television in Afghanistan: millions are watching and voting for their favorite singer. This film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk their lives to sing. North American Premiere
    Tibet in Song / USA (Director: Ngawang Choephel) – Through the story of Tibetan music, this film depicts the determined efforts of Tibetan people, both in Tibet and in exile, to preserve their unique cultural identity. Choephel served six years of an 18-year prison sentence for filming in Tibet. World Premiere

Other related Rock Doc directors made Sundance with non-music docs: Ondi Timoner who directed the legendary DIG! returns with We Live in Public about crazy internet entrepreneur Josh Harris; Eric Daniel Metzgar who directed Life. Support. Music. about guitarist Jason Crigler is back with Reporter about the African journey New York Times columist Nicholas D. Kristof; and Dana Perry, who co-created our VH1 Rock Docs And You Don’t Stop, The Drug Years and Sex: The Revolution, will show Boy Interrupted about her son.


December 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. […] my earlier Sundance coverage, I only cited the music docs that were in the main competition. But I didn’t mention one […]

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