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Sound + Vision is an homage to the people who create our music, who struggle and work to have it heard and, when they succeed, help us connect with one another. Journeys of personal and musical growth are highlighted in I Am Not a Rock Star, Broadway Idiot and Brothers Hypnotic, while in a number of these films music is a form of rebellion—intentional, as in protest songs, or unintentional, as in breaking with cultural mores for the pure love of music. In Born in Chicago and Muscle Shoals, the segregation and racism of the time is transcended, while in Gimme the Power, Viva Cuba Libra! Rap is War and Woodstock in Timbuktu: The Art of Resistance, music is a form of social and political protest. Whatever brings you to the music you love, these documentaries reveal the tenacity and dedication of the people who create it. Series programmed by Isa Cucinotta.
Opening Night! Director Poull Brien in person for Q&A!
This intimate doc follows Charles Bradley, an unassuming and talented funk singer who has overcome a life of hardship, in the months leading up to the release of his first album at the age of 62.
North American Premiere!
Nine young women are followed for a year as they train to be the next big K-pop sensations as part of a new girl group, the Nine Muses, under the watchful eye of the powerful Star Empire Agency.
New York Premiere!
Director Hanly Banks in person for Q&A!
Following Callahan on his 2011 tour, Banks captures the enigmatic lo-fi singer-songwriter through live performances and revelatory moments from life on the road.
New York Premiere!
Director Lily Keber in person for Q&A!
Lily Keber’s documentary is a vibrant portrait of “The Black Liberace” told through performance footage and interviews with Booker’s friends, supporters and fellow musicians.
This Grammy-winning video project follows Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros on their 2011 six-city Railroad Revival Tour.
This deeply personal portrait of world-renowned pianist Martha Argerich, made by her daughter Stéphanie, reveals the struggle to balance career and family faced by the famously private talent.
New York Premiere! Director John Anderson and blues musicians Marshall Chess, Barry Goldberg and Corky Siegel in person for Q&A!
In 1960s Chicago, a group of middle class white kids fell in love with the blues being performed in the crowded nightclubs by black musicians from the Mississippi Delta and would go on to make the music their own.
Q&A with director Doug Hamilton and producer Ira Pittelman!
Doug Hamilton’s behind-the-scenes look at the making of Broadway musical American Idiot is also a portrait of a musician (Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong) adapting to, and thriving at, a new art form. Note: Grayed out screenings are currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Available tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis.
Director Reuben Atlas in person for Q&A!
Eight brothers make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and, together, they take on the music business while trying to adhere to their father’s vision of music as a path to consciousness-raising.
Director Jason Orr in person for Q&A!
Take a trip to the FunkJazz Kafe Arts & Music Festival in Atlanta where, from the 1980s to the 2000s, a new generation of soul singers hit the stage, reinventing the form that was once at the height of mainstream music.
After tracing the political history of Mexico, Gimme the Power introduces us to four-time Latin Grammy winning rock band Molotov who, despite their success, have kept their identity as a contentious, left-wing, protest band.
Director Bobbi Jo Hart and subject Marika Bournaki in person for Q&A!
Bobby Jo Hart tracks the development of Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki from a 12-year-old gifted piano student to a 20-year-old professional, and a young woman who is as complex and strong as she is talented.
New York premiere!
Jim Lauderdale fought the frustrations of the music business for years before being picked up by a producer and going on to write Grammy-winning hits for some of country music’s top talents.
Director Philip Harder in person for Q&A!
More document than documentary, Low Movie brings together the music videos and short movies Philip Harder has made with the Minnesota-based cult band Low since their inception in the mid-90s.
This is the story of Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Rick Hall’s FAME Studios, where black and white musicians came together at a time of racial tension to create some of the biggest hits of the 60s.
New York premiere! Director Jesse Acevedo in person for Q&A at July 27 screening!
Music as political protest still exists in Cuba in the form of rap duo Los Aldeanos, who challenge the government’s social and economic policies, putting themselves at real risk in the process.
Filmed at the three-day Festival au Desert held near Timbuktu, Mali—sinced banned under the country’s sweeping music censorship laws—Woodstock in Timbuktu comments on the power of music to unify and resist.
The second edition of Sound + Vision—a documentary series exploring a range of musical artists, genres, and styles—offers exciting premieres from around the world, retrospective screenings of newly restored films, and a live performance by New York band Glass Ghost, who combine digital imagery with their sounds. Read More
Sound + Vision is an homage to the people who create our music, who struggle and work to have it heard and, when they succeed, help us connect with one another. From journeys of personal discovery and pure celebrations of sound to music as a form of social and political rebellion, these documentaries reveal the tenacity and dedication of the people who devote their life to song. Read More