Every night a different music genre, explored in a unique setting with live extras. What links these documentaries is their attention to social background.
Films in ‘Scopitone’
It All Begins with a Song: The Story of the Nashville SongwriterChusy IFFR 2019 80′
Well-established yet unknown songwriters in Nashville talk about their craft and explain why this city in particular is so musical.
Since time immemorial, Nashville has exerted an intense pull on songwriters – people who have written hits for artists like P!nk, Rihanna, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, whilst remaining anonymous. This film focuses on them; they talk about their craft and its magic. And about Nashville, of course.
Wages of the ImaginationDries Meddens IFFR 2019 35′
Cult band Terminal Cheesecake has always gone its own way. Their unbelievable story is an ode to the power of the imagination.
After a 20-year hiatus, British cult band Terminal Cheesecake was revived in 2013. Not as a rich man’s hobby, but out of sheer necessity: the band provides a lifeline for drummer John Jobbagy and guitarist/non-conformist Russel Smith. Trippy noise-psychedelica provides an escape from at times grim reality.
Le Grand BalLaetitia Carton IFFR 2019 89′
Thousands of dance lovers dance till they drop at this annual French folk dance festival. What makes this swinging get-together so special?
Le Grand Bal de l'Europe, the annual folk dance festival in France, is a living testament to the stimulating, unifying power of dance. In this observational documentary, Laetitia Carton gives us insight into the close-knit festival community, while musing poetically on her own love for this exceptional dance event.
Niblock's Sound Spectrums − Within Invisible RiversThomas Maury IFFR 2019 110′
Composer-filmmaker Phill Niblock helped pioneer minimal music. Using microtonal variations, he creates almost tangible drones.
Since the sixties, minimal music pioneer Phill Niblock has created a unique oeuvre of images and sound. Informed by his search for beauty in the everyday, whether a roaring engine or a sunset. He continues to inspire younger generations with his optimism and drone compositions.