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AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY (Lee Hirsch, 2002)
Winner of the Audience award and the Jury's Freedom of Expression prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony is a soul-stirring documentary that uses excl… Read more

BREATH CONTROL: THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BEAT-BOX (Joey Garfield, 2002)
Michael Franti,The Fat Boys, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Mix Master Mike, Money Mark and a couple of dozen other MCs, DJs and assorted playas join forces to deliver the definitive history of the human… Read more

DESPERATE MAN BLUES (Edward Gillan, 2003)
Obsessive record collector Joe Bussard parties like it's 1929! A cultural scavenger, musician and broadcaster, he was a pioneer in the preservation of 78rpm records and the roots music produced in pu… Read more

GOLDEN LEMONS (Jörg Siepmann, 2003)
An on-the-road rockumentary documenting a tour that packaged German punk/new wave act the Golden Lemons, schizophrenic/autistic cult-rocker Wesley Willis and acid rap act Grand Buffet. Fourteen days … Read more

JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW (Matthew Buzzell, 2002)
The New York Times called enigmatic jazz legend Jimmy Scott "the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century". Best known for his heavenly voice and work with practically every legendar… Read more

LIVE FOREVER (John Dower, 2003)
Pompous pop stars, arrogant artists, cynical critics and ... the Gallagher brothers, all have their say in this wonderfully hyperactive and deliciously funny account of the short-lived and over-hyped… Read more

MC5: A TRUE TESTIMONIAL (David C. Thomas, 2002)
From the first thundering chord of Kick Out the Jams to the final frames recounting one of the most influential bands of the 60s/70s self-destructing in a blur of drink, drugs, record company machina… Read more

MUDDY WATERS: CAN’T BE SATISFIED (Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon, 2002)
The first comprehensive documentary of the man who pioneered electric blues and paved the way for rock and roll. When Bob Dylan went electric, he hired young white musicians who had learned from Mudd… Read more

RISE ABOVE: THE TRIBE 8 DOCUMENTARY (Tracy Flannigan, 2003)
Tribe 8: a compelling combination of funny, tough, foul-mouthed, ribald, outspoken, outrageous and just plain out-there women playing full-throttle, militantly lesbian punk rock. Add to this their pe… Read more

SEARCHING FOR TONY JOE (Joseph Strickland, Christopher Chaput, 2000)
Tony Joe White took US radio by storm in the late 60s with his song Polk Salad Annie, later recorded by Elvis. White pioneered music he termed 'swamp rock', combining elements of blues, soul, rock an… Read more

STUDIO ONE STORY (Stuart Baker, 2002)
Studio One Story is a reggae fan's dream come true. Dozens of interviewees, a treasury of rare footage and photographs, insider gossip, hilarious anecdotes, colourful yarns and fond recollections com… Read more

THE COMEBACK KINGS (Joel Peterson, 2003)
Is it too late to do it all again? Colin and Denny Burgess hold a special place in the pantheon of Australian rock. Since the 60s the pair have enjoyed stints in The Masters' Apprentices, saucy 60s b… Read more

THE HOWLIN' WOLF (Don McGlynn, 2003)
A 1965 installment of TV pop show Shindig: Rolling Stones Brian Jones and Mick Jagger gush about their inspirational first listen to Little Red Rooster. When it looks like the show's presenter is goi… Read more

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