Docs That Rock

Some films to catch at CMJ

When a bajillion up and coming bands descend on the Apple for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, it’s hard for the music buff to focus on anything else. But this year, I noticed/awakened/realized that there is a pretty descent film festival attached to the fun. Maybe there have always been films? In any case, amidst the features and shorts here are some documentary highlights from the festival that kicks off tonight in NYC:

  • Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
    Reaching way back in the history books is Murray Lerner’s 77 minute concert recording of one of Cohen’s many fine moments (don’t all Cohens know how to give fine moments?) Apparently, this perfromance followed a raucous Jimi Hendrix set but Cohen mesmerized the crowd with his dirgy lullabies, such as in the clip above. This film is also being released on DVD today. Premieres October 20.

  • Speaking In Code
    Per the program, “a vérité glimpse into today’s world of techno from Boston to Berlin.” For those of you like this sort of stuff. Premieres October 21.

  • D-Tour
    Pat Sturgeon’s dedication to his band, Rogue Wave, is put to the test as he searches for an organ donor for his failed kidney, performs dialysis daily, and tours with his band. Premieres October 21.
  • Pardon Us For Living But The Graveyard Is Full
    Biodoc on the Fleshtones. NYC Premiere October 22.
  • Kid Creole And My Coconuts
    Focusing on Adriana Kaegi’s adventures as Mama Coconut, the co-founder of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Premieres October 22.
  • Mellodrama
    A look at the Mellotron, which changed the production and texture of popular music, with converts like Radiohead and Kanye West. NYC premiere October 23.
  • Searching For Elliott Smith
    Smith’s former girlfriend and musical peers talk about the artist who most likely committed suicide in 2003. Wonder if they got the rights to use Smith’s music. Premiere October 23

October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks so much for your comment at my blog, Warren— I truly appreciate it. I worked on the animation during my time in college and had a great time working on it. So glad to hear you enjoyed it! I am always up for a good challenge so if you ever need anything, do let me know.


    Comment by Jennifer | October 26, 2009 | Reply

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