From favela funk to grunting grunge musicians – every evening a documentary explores a different musical genre. No big egos, but often a surprise support act.
Films in ‘Scopitone’
Roaring AbyssQuino Piñero IFFR 2016 86′
Ethiopia has over eighty different cultures. With live recordings of music, this film is a voyage of discovery across mountains, deserts and forests to find the last interpreters of traditional Ethiopian music. A search for authenticity, which is increasingly being pushed aside by electronics and popular culture. Free admission.
Congo Beat the DrumAriel Tagar IFFR 2016 57′
Ariel Tagar (Kalbata) and Uri Wertheim (Mixmonster), two musicians from Tel Aviv, go to Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae greats. Once there they are as much impressed by the local sites and the beauty of the natural environment as by the spirited musicians. A musical pilgrimage. Free admission.
Danny SaysBrendan Toller IFFR 2016 104′
From The Doors to Nico, Iggy Pop and the Ramones: few people have had such a sharp nose for alternative rock as music journalist, talent scout and manager Danny Fields. Yet this zany genius, whom Alice Cooper once hailed as the ‘underground mayor’ of New York, always remained the picture of modesty. A musical journey back in time. Free admission.
Sex and Broadcasting - A Film About WFMUTim K. Smith IFFR 2016 78′
Ken Freedman is the driving force behind legendary WFMU Radio, as the dysfunctional father figure of a group of anarchistic DJs. They have free reign to share their love of music, without any commercial considerations and with loyal listeners like Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Matt Groening (The Simpsons). Free admission.