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Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary
rating:2.9

Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary

2006Runtime:0 minutes
Interweaving performance footage, still photos and pointed interviews, filmmaker Tracy Flannigan provides an intriguing glimpse into the lives and psyches of in-your-face lesbian punk rockers Tribe 8. Based in San Francisco, the band is famous for breaking the rules on stage and everywhere else -- and cameras capture it all as the outrageous ladies kindle controversy from coast to coast. Bonus material includes deletes scenes.

Directed by:

  • Tracy Flannigan
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    The Libertines
    rating:2.9

    The Libertines

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring over 90 minutes of never-before-seen footage, this video goes onstage and behind the scenes with British rockers The Libertines. Includes concert footage from performances at The Factory, Moby Dick and Busking for Beer and scenes from the Forum Shows in December 2003. Also included is the "Can't Stand Me Now" music video, plus a photo gallery, a peek inside the band's van, interviews and the NME Awards show.

    Directed by:

  • Gina Birch
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Made in Sheffield
    rating:2.9

    Made in Sheffield

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    After the punk rock movement of the 1970s revolutionized the music scene, a new pop sound evolved out of the British community of Sheffield. In Eve Wood's documentary, the filmmaker charts the rise of the electro-pop music that made bands such as The Human League, ABC, Heaven 17 and Pulp stars of the '80s. Includes film footage from the late '70s and early '80s, plus interviews with writers, DJs, fans and musicians about the town and the music.

    Directed by:

  • Eve Wood
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Sesame Street: Big Bird Sings
    rating:2.9

    Sesame Street: Big Bird Sings

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Sesame Street's Big Bird whisks his pal Snuffy on a musical trip to exciting places in this sing-along program. Snuffy flips through Big Bird's scrapbook and is truly amazed by all of his friend's photos and souvenirs. Big Bird tells Snuffy his most exciting memories, such as visiting an Indian reservation and his first day at school. The sing-along program features 11 catchy tunes, including "The Map Song," "Big Bird Can't Fly" and "Rhyme Out."

    Directed by:

  • Lisa Simon
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    La Traviata: Love & Sacrifice: The Story of the Opera
    rating:2.9

    La Traviata: Love & Sacrifice: The Story of the Opera

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    An in-depth look at Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece "La Traviata," this documentary traces the opera's storyline, examines the ways it's been staged in theatrical productions throughout the years and analyzes many of Verdi's carefully crafted choices. Talented singers such as Kathleen Cassello, Angela Gheorghiu, Marie McLaughlin and Carla Basto are all featured performing the leading role of Violetta in this program.

    Directed by:

  • Marie Blanc-Hermeline
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Rachmaninov: Miserly Knight
    rating:2.8

    Rachmaninov: Miserly Knight

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    This dramatic presentation of Sergei Rachmaninoff's moody one-act opera features Sergei Leiferkus as "The Miserly Knight," a man so consumed with his wealth that he brings about his own demise. Filmed live at the Glyndebourne Opera House in 2004, this production also features vocalists Richard Berkeley-Steele, Maxim Mikhailov, Viacheslav Voynarovskiy and Albert Schagidullin, backed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Directed by:

  • Annabel Arden
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky
    rating:2.8

    A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    German filmmaker Claudia Heuermann reveals her devotion to musician John Zorn in this fresh and unique documentary (screened at the Montreal International Film Festival and the Munich International Film Festival) that traces the artist's influences. But Heuermann's approach has a multilayered, complex style that doesn't follow a chronological trajectory and mimics, in a way, Zorn's own celebrated approach to music.

    Directed by:

  • Claudia Heuermann
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman
    rating:2.8

    Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    This Oscar-nominated documentary combines archival footage, candid interviews and animation to chronicle the groundbreaking career of conductor Antonia Brico, who wielded the baton before several of the world's premier symphony orchestras. Director Jill Godmilow and singer Judy Collins reveal the extraordinary strength of spirit that allowed Brico to overcome the obstacles she faced as a woman in a thoroughly male-dominated profession.

    Directed by:

  • Jill Godmilow
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?
    rating:2.8

    Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    What is Christian rock? Directors Vickie Hunter and Heather Whinna approach this question methodically in their insightful documentary, which explores the genre's development and includes interviews with artists who discuss the obstacles they face in a secular industry. Dismissed by critics when its musicians first appeared on the scene, Christian rock has gradually gained momentum and has literally rocked the conventions of music and religion.

    Directed by:

  • Heather Whinna
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Brand New Day
    rating:2.8

    Brand New Day

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In an idyllic port town on Australia's west coast in the summer of 1969, carefree 16-year-old Willie (Rocky McKenzie) enjoys hanging out with his pals and wooing a beautiful singer named Rosie (Jessica Mauboy) -- until his mom ships him back to a Catholic boarding school in Perth. An act of rebellion soon triggers a wild homebound journey for our young hero in this energetic adaptation of the beloved Australian stage musical from 1990.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Perkins
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Baldassare Galuppi: L'Olimpiade
    rating:2.7

    Baldassare Galuppi: L'Olimpiade

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Andrea Marcon conducts the Orchestra Barocca di Venezia in this production of Baldassare Galuppi's opera about love and jealousy at the ancient Olympic games, starring Mark Tucker and Ruth Rosique. Staged in 2006 at Venice's Teatro Malibran to coincide with the Venetian composer's 300th birthday, the performance also stars Filippo Adami, Franziska Gottwald, Roberta Invernizzi, Romina Basso and Furio Zanasi.

    Directed by:

  • Dominique Poulange
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    The Young Romantic: A Portrait of Yundi
    rating:2.7

    The Young Romantic: A Portrait of Yundi

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Classical pianist Yundi Li, who first exhibited an amazing flair for music at age three, is preparing for his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in this captivating documentary about the pressures faced by a young musician. Born in China, where he studied with noted masters, Yundi is well regarded for his high level of technical skill and passion for music. In addition to the crucial concert, Yundi's family life is explored.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Willis Sweete
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Die Fledermaus
    rating:2.7

    Die Fledermaus

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Beneath the roof of England's venerable Glyndebourne opera house, a stellar cast delivers a rousing performance of waltz king Johann Strauss' comic operetta, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra. The lavish production stars soprano Pamela Armstrong as Rosalinde, baritone Thomas Allen as Gabriel von Eisenstein, tenor Ragnar Ulfung as Dr. Blind and baritone Håkan Hagegård as Dr. Falke.

    Directed by:

  • Francesca Kemp
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Owen Wingrave
    rating:2.7

    Owen Wingrave

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Shot on location, this version of Benjamin Britten's opera is set in the 1950s. Margaret Williams directs this saga about pacifist Owen Wingrave (Gerald Finley), who disgraces his military family by refusing to serve in the armed forces. The production features Peter Savidge, Hilton Marlton, Ann Dawson, Myfanwy Piper, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Westminster Cathedral Choir Choristers. A bonus film chronicles Britten's life.

    Directed by:

  • Margaret Williams
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Hootie & the Blowfish: A Series of Short Trips
    rating:2.7

    Hootie & the Blowfish: A Series of Short Trips

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Southern rockers Hootie & the Blowfish swept through the 1990s with a slew of radio-friendly hits, including "Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry," "Time" and "Only Wanna Be with You." Combining intimate documentary footage and band interviews with final-cut videos from the albums "Cracked Rear View" and "Fairweather Johnson," this 14-song collection offers fans an overview of the group's greatest musical moments.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Berclaz
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Cedarmont Kids: Toddler Tunes
    rating:2.7

    Cedarmont Kids: Toddler Tunes

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Although this video is tailored specifically for toddlers, kids of all ages will enjoy singing along to live-action videos of family favorites. Classic tunes include "The Wheels on the Bus," "Polly, Put the Kettle On," "Eensy, Weensy Spider," "The More We Get Together," "Mulberry Bush," "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," "Old MacDonald," "Oh, Where, Oh, Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" "Pop! Goes the Weasel!" and many more.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Martin Gay
  • rating:2.7 2.7 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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