The tale of the dynasty at the very heart of country music. Starting with the seminal Original Carter Family, A.P., Sara and Maybelle; this film-in-progress traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, the marital alliance between June Carter and music legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day family to keep this legacy alive.
A hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, Matt Wolf’s TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others.
The mission of this film is to present and preserve Lester Young’s legacy by rediscovering and interpreting his life through the lens of American culture. To inform a new generation who knows little of this time and the musicians who played jazz on the front lines of a battlefield that still burns.
A once-thriving mining town in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula is still haunted by the tragic events that inspired Woody Guthrie’s song, 1913 Massacre.
Following the Broadcast Premiere on PBS Fall Arts Festival in November, The Banjo Project will be available on DVD. Check local listings for times.
An intimate look into the troubled life and musical genius of jazz guitar legend Lenny Breau. This film examines his tumultuous history and investigates the still unsolved murder of the musician many considered the greatest guitar player in the world.
When you hear the phrase “Native American music” you may not think of tubas, trumpets and Sousa marches. Yet this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for over one hundred years.
In his final years, string-band musician and national treasure Howard Louie Bluie Armstrong shared a life of creativity and feisty humor with artist Barbara Ward. Together they undertook a bittersweet journey to discover the past and their place in it.
A visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art.