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Music In The Air At Jacob Burns Film Center

Written by: FFT Webmaster | July 6th, 2011

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester County north of New York City is making music…..documentaries that is. Starting last evening, the Center is presenting a summerlong festival of music documentaries under the headline of Sounds Of Summer. Festivities began with the local premiere last night of PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE, an intimate portrait of the troubled troubadour of the 1960s, with director Kenneth Bowser on stage after the screening for a pointed interview with New York Times critic Janet Maslin. Other films in the series include another troubled troubadour saga, WHO IS HARRY NILSON AND WHY IS EVERYBODY TALKIN’ ABOUT HIM (John Scheinfeld); LEMMY (Wes Orshoski and Greg Oliver), a profile of the frontman for the rock band Motorhead; THE UPSETTER (Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough) about the visionary reggae producer/artist Lee Scratch Perry; TROUBADOURS (Morgan Neville), a  musical scrapbook of  1970s singer/songwriters including James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and Carole King; RUSH: BEHIND THE LIGHTED STAGE (Scott McFayden and Sam Dunn) about the legendary Canadian rock band; PASSIONE, John Turturro’s kaleidoscopic homage to Neapolitan music; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR (Murray Lerner), a chronicling of Bob Dylan’s controversial transition from acoustic to electric folk-rock in the mid 1960s; and KINSHASA  SYMPHONY, a German film set in the Congo that focuses on young African musicians with a passion for classical music, co-directed by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer. For more information on these and other programs, visit:


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