Films By Robert Mugge

Filmed at the Bob Marley Performing Centre near Montego Bay, Jamaica in l983, Robert Mugge's film encapsulates many ... highlights from the annual Sunsplash Festival. The I3 acts include Rita Marley. Third World, Gil Scott-Heron. Sugar Minott, ... The Skataiites, Musical Youth. Gregory Isaacs. Alton Ellis. Bob Mar|ey's son Ziggy with The Melody Makers. and Mutabaruka, the dub poet who performs an ... Read more
“New Orleans is like a body without a spirit. The music itself is the spirit.” - Robert Mugge, filmmaker Hurricane Katrina and its chaotic aftermath devastated the legendary New Orleans music community. Noted music documentarian Robert Mugge creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster pick up the pieces and try to rebuild their lives... Read more
In 1986, Melbourne Film Festival guest Robert Mugge presented four of his musical films. This year. Mugge is represented by his portrait of the jazz sax player Sonny Rollins. Part One of the film was shot at Opus 40, a sculptured rock quarry in upper New York State where Rollins performs with his band. Part Two documents the world premiere in Tokyo of Concerto For Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra, co... Read more
A portrait of the legendary jazz keyboardist, bandleader, poet and philosopher. Sun Ra. Ra and his avant-garde big band called the Arkestra are shown rehearsing, discussing their communal lifestyle, and performing many Sun Ra compositions including "Astro Black" and "We Travel the Spaceways". Ra recites his poetry, solos in a wide range of keyboard instruments, and outlines his unique personal myt... Read more
In the early 1970s Al Green was regarded as the most influential and sexiest soul singer recording in Memphis, Tennessee. However, in 1973, following a concert at Disneyland, Green became "born again". Three years later he decided to devote himself exclusively to the religious life and founded a church in Memphis under the title of The Full Gospel Tabernacle. As resident preacher. Green helped his... Read more
A film about passion, commitment, art, politics, salsa music, and one man's search for America. Ruben Blades is more than just an exotic singer from Panama — an actor, lawyer, poet. musician and composer, his charismatic and energetic personality has made him not only a hero in his homeland, but anywhere where the rich and the poor, and the free and the oppressed live in conflict with each other. ... Read more
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