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Trax Records: The House that Trax Built
rating:2.7

Trax Records: The House that Trax Built

2006Runtime:0 minutes
This inside look at Trax Records -- a catalyst in the burgeoning 1980s house music scene -- chronicles the story behind the distinctive label. Called the "Motown of House," the Windy City-based Trax continues to turn out trailblazing, progressive tunes. Label president Rachael Cain (alias Screamin' Rachael) penned the documentary, which features performers Frankie Knuckles, Afrika Bambaataa, Michael Alig and Marshall Jefferson, among others.

Directed by:

  • Rachael Cain
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Cedarmont Kids: Preschool Songs
    rating:2.7

    Cedarmont Kids: Preschool Songs

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    Your kids will enjoy this animated journey of discovery into the wonderful world of song -- 21 classic tunes are included on this disc, along with nine bonus songs. Tracks (in English and Spanish) include "Down by the Station," "Bluebird, Bluebird," "Lazy Mary," "My Bonnie," "Sarasponda," "The Happy Day Express," "Where Is Thumbkin?" and others.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Martin Gay
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    The Ramen Days: Bay Area Hardcore Documented
    rating:2.7

    The Ramen Days: Bay Area Hardcore Documented

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    From filmmaker Melissa Elbirt comes this fascinating 2005 documentary that chronicles the part played by underground venue Burnt Ramen in turning the Bay Area into a hotbed for hardcore punk music. Featuring explosive performance footage and interviews with band members, the film delves into the stories behind Voetsek, Deadfall, Case of Emergency, Desolation, Strung Up, Blown to Bits, Brainoil, Scurvy Dogs and Exit Wound.

    Directed by:

  • Melissa Elbirt
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Cedarmont Kids: Toddler Action Songs
    rating:2.6

    Cedarmont Kids: Toddler Action Songs

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Although this video is tailored specifically for toddlers on the go, kids of all ages will enjoy singing along to live-action videos of family favorites. Classic tunes include "Baby Bumblebee," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "Boom, Boom, Ain't It Great to Be Crazy?" "The Ants Go Marching," "I'm Gonna Work," "Somebody's Knockin' at Your Door," "John Brown's Baby" and many more.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Martin Gay
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin'
    rating:2.6

    Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin'

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Narrated by Dan Aykroyd, this documentary tribute celebrates rock 'n' roll pioneer Ronnie Hawkins. Packed with performance footage and celebrity interviews, the program focuses on a year in Hawkins's life during which he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, then experienced an amazing recovery. Song clips include "Forty Days," "Blues Stroller," "Bittersweet," "Need Your Lovin' (Oh So Bad)," "Blue-Eyed Baby" and more.

    Directed by:

  • Dennis Beauchamp
  • Anne Pick
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got
    rating:2.6

    Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    Clarinetist Artie Shaw became a leading New York studio musician by age 19, then went on to success as a popular bandleader. Filmmaker Brigitte Berman explores Shaw's turbulent life in this Oscar-winning documentary. Through interviews with Shaw, archival footage of his performances and discussions with many of his friends -- including Buddy Rich and Mel Torme -- Berman provides sharp insight into the life and music of this gifted artist.

    Directed by:

  • Brigitte Berman
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Can't Stop the Music
    rating:2.6

    Can't Stop the Music

    1980Runtime:0 minutes
    New York City DJ-songwriter Jack Morell (Steve Guttenberg) needs a big break to get his music heard and land a record deal. With the help of his retired supermodel roommate (Valerie Perrine) and an uptight tax attorney (Olympic champion Bruce Jenner), Jack brings together six singing macho men from the Greenwich Village scene in this pseudo-autobiography of the Village People -- a fun-filled adventure of fantasy and disco fever!

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Walker
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Cedarmont Kids: Songs of America
    rating:2.5

    Cedarmont Kids: Songs of America

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Proud to be an American? Pop an apple pie in the oven, don some red, white and blue, and sing along to this patriotic video that the whole family can enjoy. Classic tunes include "Yankee Doodle," "School Days," "The Star-Spangled Banner," "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain," "The Old Gray Mare," "Skip to My Lou," "America, the Beautiful," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "America" and many more.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Martin Gay
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    The Turn of the Screw
    rating:2.5

    The Turn of the Screw

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    In a British manor house, a governess (Lisa Milne) caring for two young children is tormented by the home's dark secret. Do the former servant Miss Jessel (Catrin Wyn Davies) and her lover, Quint (Mark Padmore), communicate with the children from beyond the grave? Composer Benjamin Britten transforms Henry James's ghost story into a powerful opera, with a libretto by Myfanwy Piper. Richard Hickox conducts the City of London Sinfonia.

    Directed by:

  • Katie Mitchell
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Barbara Hendricks: Artist of Life
    rating:2.5

    Barbara Hendricks: Artist of Life

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Combining performances, interviews and archival footage, Artist of Life presents a rare look into the life of the multi-talented and multi-faceted opera singer Barbara Hendricks. Not only one of opera's biggest stars, Hendricks -- who has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN's High Commission for Refugees -- is also renowned as a humanitarian and global art advocate.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Tatge
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Dropped
    rating:2.5

    Dropped

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker and music executive Nicole Ehrlich exposes the harsh realities of the music industry by following seven artists who were signed by major labels and subsequently "dropped" unexpectedly. Musicians Hot Karl, Bush Tetras, Wiskey Biscuit, Spearhead, Murphy's Law, OPM and Burning Star tell their stories of living at the mercy of their recording labels, bringing light to just how hard it is to make it in the music biz.

    Directed by:

  • Rosser Goodman
  • Farah Z. Khalid
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams
    rating:2.4

    Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This candid and engaging documentary chronicles the tumultuous life of 72-year-old blues artist Andre Williams, addressing as its dominant theme the gap between his great musical success and heartbreaking personal desperation. Followed here in 2006 and 2007, Williams once recorded multiple hit tunes and performed with great R&B stars like Stevie Wonder and Ike Turner. But he also suffered through drug addiction, homelessness and legal troubles.

    Directed by:

  • Tricia Todd
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    I Can Tell the World
    rating:2.4

    I Can Tell the World

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The spiritual -- the wellspring of such genres as jazz, blues and hip-hop -- is celebrated in this uplifting documentary that follows the interracial Spirituals Project Choir as it seeks to breathe new life into the original American form of music. Members of the group delve into the history and meaning of works such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Go Down, Moses," while performance clips attest to the songs' contemporary relevance.

    Directed by:

  • Larry Bograd
  • Coleen Hubbard
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Chaliapin: The Enchanter: Memories of the Great Russian Bass
    rating:2.3

    Chaliapin: The Enchanter: Memories of the Great Russian Bass

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    The legendary Fyodor Chaliapin, whose beautiful bass voice and boldly naturalistic acting style made him the most famous Russian opera singer of the 20th century, is remembered in this fascinating documentary. Archival footage of Chaliapin's greatest roles -- Don Quichotte and Ivan the Terrible -- combines with vintage newsreels and interviews with his family and performers he influenced, including Sergei Leiferkus and Alexei Mochalov.

    Directed by:

  • Elisabeth Kapnist
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Antonín Dvorák: The Devil and Kate
    rating:2.3

    Antonín Dvorák: The Devil and Kate

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Albert Rosen conducts the Wexford Festival Opera's production of the classic Antonín Dvorák tale about a young woman who defies her parents by insisting on dancing even if it means she must dance with the devil. Anne-Marie Owens plays Kate, who's dismayed to discover that her spontaneous outburst has attracted the attention of one of Lucifer's minions. Joseph Evans stars as Jirka, the handsome shepherd who risks a voyage to hell to rescue her.

    Directed by:

  • Francesca Zambello
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Songs & Stories: New York Remembers Rory Gallagher
    rating:2.3

    Songs & Stories: New York Remembers Rory Gallagher

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    A bevy of Irish-American musicians light into a night of fire and magic in this unforgettable tribute to Irish blues guitar master Rory Gallagher at New York City's Bottom Line club. Channeling Gallagher's mixture of gentleness and gritty, hard-bitten realism, performers such as Seamus Kelleher, Pierce Turner, Sean Fleming and Bugs Moran honor the spirit of the late legend. Bonus material includes archival concert footage of Gallagher himself.

    Directed by:

  • Victor Zimet
  • Stephanie Silber
  • Seamus Kelleher
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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