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A SKIN TOO FEW: THE DAYS OF NICK DRAKE (Jeroen Berkvens, 2000)
One autumn morning in 1974. Nick Drake was found dead, having left the world three impossibly beautiful albums. Drake died silently, isolated by the grip of a terminal depression. His sensitivity was… Read more

AMONG THE ELVES (Kirsi Nevanti, 1999)
Freddie Wadling, the subject of this striking documentary, would only undergo life-saving surgery when his doctor lied to him and told him that Captain Beefhearl's mother had phoned and told him to g… Read more

BENJAMIN SMOKE (Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen, 1999)
REM's Michael Stipe first alerted directors Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen to the undiscovered musical genius of Benjamin Smoke; a performer with a voice of lyrical agility akin to a cross between Tom Wa… Read more

BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY (Jon Reiss, 1999)
Moby, Carl Cox, Roni Size, Frankie Bones, Kraftwerk, Jason Bentley, Meat Beat Manifesto and The Crystal Method—just a handful of the electronica and dance luminaries profiled and interviewed in… Read more

BORN TO LOSE: THE LAST ROCK AND ROLL MOVIE (Lech Kowalski, 1999)
For Johnny Thunders, the party was never over. His lifestyle epitomised rock decadence in all its gutter glory. As a member of cross-dressing proto-punks the New York Dolls, Thunders left a liquored-… Read more

CALLE 54 (Fernando Trueba, 2000)
The sultry, hip swiveling rhythms that Latin jazz proclaims is brought to the screen by Spanish film director Fernando Trueba in Calle 54. This is an ode to Latin jazz and what better way to capture … Read more

DOWNTOWN 81 (Edo Bertoglio, 2000)
'Jam-packed with rivetting performances by some of the hottest underground Gotham bands of the early 80s. Downtown 81 is an extraordinary real-life snapshot of hip, arty, clubland Manhattan in the po… Read more

GIMME SHELTER (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, )
What do you do as an encore to human sacrifice? How about Under My Thumb, which is what The Rolling Stones continued playing after Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death in front of them. Gimme Shelter… Read more

HORACE PARLAN BY HORACE PARLAN (Don McGlynn, 2000)
Best known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon, Horace Parian's life story is extraordinary. Don McGlynns intimate portrait of the pianist is comprised of a comb… Read more

LOUIS PRIMA: THE WILDEST! (Don McGlynn, 1999)
"The movie is a beautiful thing. No documentary about any musician will make you so glad to be alive."—San Francisco Examiner ... Don McGlynn is a MIFF regular who just about qualifies for his … Read more

SCRATCH (Doug Pray, 2000)
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Scratch presents the remarkable history of Hip-Hop told by a star-studded roll call of major players. Tracing one of modern m… Read more

THE LEGEND OF TEDDY EDWARDS (Don McGlynn, 2000)
'Teddy Edwards is a pioneer of the modern tenor sax. His peers and friends acknowledge that he never had the kind of extraordinary career that his talent should have commanded. With this taste of a s… Read more

WAVE TWISTERS (Michael ‘Syd’ Garon, Eric Henry, 2000)
Wave Twisters is a rump-shaking, groove-making highlight of the Festival. This visual and musical event is an eye-popping, hip-hop meets Hanna Barbera, animated adventure synched skratch-for-skratch … Read more

WE SOLD OUR SOULS FOR ROCK AND ROLL (Penelope Spheeris, 2000)
Do you love metal enough to shave Ozzie Osborne's name into your chest hair? If so, see Penelope Spheens' (Wayne's World, The Decline of Western Civilisation), We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll...t… Read more

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