The intersecting histories of a stadium, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium. Set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts, Last Play interweaves personal Joel interviews with exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett and Roger Daltrey. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary, Music
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Lou Reed's critically acclaimed 1973 album "Berlin" was yet another musical step forward in the career of the man who brought the darkest themes of literature to rock and roll. For years, "Berlin" was considered one of the more eclectic works in Reed's extraordinary catalog, but one that clearly cried out for a theatrical presentation. In 2006, backed by a full orchestra, Reed performed the mini-opera in its entirety over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. And, under the direction of painter/director Julian Schnabel, this historic event was captured on film. | Read MoreMusic
Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
An experimental non-linear cinematic tone poem based on conversation, writings, and music by acclaimed singer/ songwriter/ author Rosanne Cash. This dreamlike mosaic portrait, with stunning Super 8mm and 16mm visuals and Holga animation, features songs from Cash's celebrated album Black Cadillac. Shot on location in New York City, Hendersonville, Tenn., and Ventura, Calif. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Mistaken for Strangers follows prolific rock band The National on its biggest tour to date. Newbie roadie Tom, younger brother of lead singer Matt Berninger, is a heavy metal and horror movie enthusiast, and he cannot help but put his own spin on the experience. Inevitably, Tom’s moonlighting as an irreverent documentarian creates drama for the band on the road. The film is a hilarious and touching look at two very different brothers and an entertaining story of artistic aspiration. | Read MoreComedy, Documentary, Music
In his English-language debut, Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose) sculpts a hyper-stylized and uplifting road movie about family, perseverance, and redemption. Wheelchair user Jane (Renée Zellweger, exceptional) is a fiercely independent ex-singer whose tough exterior hides a secret that has paralyzed her emotional life and career. When her zany neighbor Joey (Forest Whitaker) forces them to skip town, Jane must change her tune. With songs performed by Zellweger and original music by Bob Dylan. | Read MoreMusic
A skull at the beach, a busted watch, and a green brassiere are just some of the many wild images that are featured in this animated short. Director Emily Hubley plays with musical tones and shifting symbolic images to create eight moments when things come together in mysterious cohesion. Embellishing on surrealist themes, such as a picture puzzle, a one-word clue and a new tone played on an embellished musical scale, Octave provides a distinct mental location for the audience to explore their unconscious. | Read MoreMusic and Animation
Nearly 90, Bebo Valdés is one of the greatest living Cuban musicians. This joyful documentary celebrates the man who was a key figure in the development of mambo and whose life reflects the experiences of many Cubans since 1959. Co-hosted with Instituto Cervantes, The Cultural Center of Spain in New York. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
The PS22 chorus from Staten Island became world famous after their YouTube videos went viral. This feel-good documentary follows them to their big performance as the closing act at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, where creative differences, lost voices, and homesickness threaten their performance. Can these 5th graders entertain the entertainment elite? | Read MoreDocumentary, Music, Family Friendly
An unlikely story of how two energetic Romans created an orchestra composed entirely of immigrants from all over the world living in one area of the Eternal City. When 30 different musicians playing 15 unrelated instruments finally take the stage, they provide a rousing call to arms for all who believe in the mini-miracles of neighborhood cultural initiatives.
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In the early '80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now a broke single father in Harlem with two children to support, Jesse finds a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla Star, a precocious and immensely talented rapper. Director Gabriel Noble follows four years of father-daughter ups and downs as they navigate the grit and the glamour of the music biz. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
A unique "oratorio for moving image and sound," and a dramatic meditation on the very act of seeing. This extraordinarily
powerful film sets the music of Arvo Pärt's Passio--which has been called one of the last masterpieces of 20th Century music--against images carefully chosen from the billions created during the tumultuous century since moving image media first appeared. Its declared ambition is to manifest the neglected or repressed memory of the human race during this era.
We are proud to have the honor of presenting the North American Premiere of this unforgettable event, and especially happy--since Pärt's music is itself an interpretation of the Gospel of St. John--to arrange for our initial three screenings with live music to be in New York City's magnificent Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. | Read MoreMusic
Dubbed "the French James Dean" for his roles in films by Claude Chabrol (Le beau Serge, Les cousins) and Howard Hawks (Hatari), Gérard Blain's work as director never surfaced in the U.S. This is his masterpiece, a moving account of parental love and obsession, filmed in a rigorous style that recalls Bresson or Dreyer -- sans religion. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Music
Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are two of many who attest to Seeger's importance in this compelling documentary that is more than a simple biography. Using new interviews, archival footage and home movies, Brown presents a social history through the life of one of this country's most compelling forces for change and, arguably, the most significant folk artist of our time.
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