Docs That Rock

Tribeca Music Docs Preview

There are a bunch of films of which I’ve seen bits and scraps that will be shown in more fully realized versions at this week’s Tribeca Film Festival. Here are previews and I’ll post more about these flicks when I see ’em.

    Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB (Director: Mandy Stein) – As you can see from the clip above, this doc is a valentine to the most storied rock club in NYC history. The trailer shows some great old footage and old moshers at shows from bands like Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Television, Bad Brains, and The Ramones. I’m surprised that it seems to focus a lot on how CBs lost its lease, which is horrible, but sort of over – I’d rather just revel in the memories. There are a lot of docs about clubs (one I really enjoyed was 2006’s Wetlands Preserved but the trick is to make it about the vibe of the place and not a litany of acts or firsts. Wonder if Stein pulls it off.
    Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful (Director: Phil Griffin) – Jersey’s second most famous band is profiled while on 2008’s “Lost Highway” world tour. I’ve seen the trailer and its sure to excite Bon Jovi lovers but will the film trascend its fan base? Griffin recently did the MTV doc about Britney Spears.
    Soundtrack for a Revolution (Directors: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman) – From Danny Glover’s production shingle comes a doc fusing U.S. hstory with contemporary music. The stories behind the classic folks songs from the civil rights era are told and then reinterpreted by contemporary artists like Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, John Legend, TV on the Radio, the Roots, the Blind Boys of Alabama.
    P-Star Rising (Director: Gabriel Noble Producer: Marjan Tehrani ) – I used to work with Marjan so I got a sneak peek of 20 minutes of this film last year. And it seemed very promising. Jesse Diaz was a former hip hop wanna-be who ended up a broke single dad with two children. One of those kids is his 9 year old daughter Priscilla aka P-Star, who is a budding rap star even at such a young age. Shot over a four year period, this Hoops Dreams-like film sees at a family struggling with itself and the music business.
    Soul Power (Director: Jeff Levy-Hinte) – Still haven’t seen it since I wrote the preview when it screened in Toronto, so I’ll just repeat the same here. There was the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” bout between Ali and Foreman in Zaire in 1974..but there was also a concert. This film recounts it with performances by James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, The Spinners, etc. Some of my VH1 cohorts saw it at SXSW and gave it double thumbs up.
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April 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. […] so enjoy the Dictators clip above (sung the second to last night of CBGBs existence) since I already posted the movie trailer in my Tribeca preview last week. The film is a testimony to the club’s founder Hilly Krystal […]

    Pingback by Tribeca Report: Burning Down the House « Docs That Rock | April 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. […] mentioned this film when it premiered in Toronto and at Tribeca . But now Soul Power is in theaters! It opened in LA and NY last Friday and is expected to travel […]

    Pingback by Out Now: Get Some Soul « Docs That Rock | July 14, 2009 | Reply


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