Monday, May 04, 2015
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
In this episode: Soundcheck goes to the movies, with three music documentary films.
First: The new documentary We Like It Like That looks at the roots of New York boogaloo music in the 1960s, it's peak popularity in the '70s, and its eventual decline. Director Matthew Warren and boogaloo bandleader, Joe Batann, who appears in the film, talk about the movie, the music, and tell us who's listening to boogaloo today.
Then: The film Mateo is about Matthew Stoneman, a white guy from New Hampshire who becomes a singer of Latin songs in L.A. Sounds like a light-hearted piece of fluff, but Stoneman's story turns out to be darker and more complex. The film's director, Aaron Naar, and its star tell the story.
And: The movie Brasslands follows a New York-based Balkan brass band to the world's biggest brass band competition, in an otherwise tiny town in Serbia. Along the way, the filmmakers come up against the region's difficult history, and its uneasy relationship with its own Roma, or gypsy, musicians.
Monday, June 16, 2014
The New York Post headlined their story, "Attack of the Killer Lesbians," but for Renata Hill and her friends, it was a case of self-defense against anti-gay street harassment. Their experience is chronicled in the new film "Out in the Night."
Monday, February 17, 2014
Today we wrap up our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries. We spoke with the filmmakers behind all five films over the past week: The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); An Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday).
Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley talk about their new documentary Dirty Wars. Scahill, who is an investigative journalist (and editor with the new project The Intercept), is a writer for the documentary, based on his book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield. Rowley is director, cinematographer, and editor for the film. Scahill and Rowley discuss their expose of the War on Terror.
Monday, August 05, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
There will be a rare sighting in the New York region Monday night, call it "radio on the television." A new documentary about WBAI's radio host Bob Fass premiers on PBS at 10 p.m.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
By Brian Wise
Film directors and biographers have tried, with mixed results, to portray the reclusive and brilliant pianist Martha Argerich. Now, her filmmaker daughter is giving it a shot.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Every year, hundreds of thousands of American kids quit high school before they earn their diplomas, and Frank Koughan, writer/producer of Frontline’s documentary “Dropout Nation,” looks at what it takes to keep kids in high school. Frontline spent a semester inside Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, a once-notorious “dropout factory” to take a close look at students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal struggling to get them to graduation day. “Dropout Nation” premieres September 25, at 9 pm on PBS.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Diana Serra Cary, who is believed to be the last remaining major film star from Hollywood’s silent era and is the subject of the documentary “Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room,” joins us along with the film’s director, Vera Iwerebor. Peggy-Jean Montgomery was a hugely popular Hollywood star, earning $1,500,000 a year by the age of 6. But by the age of 11 her money had been stolen and squandered by her family. Six decades later, she reinvented herself as Diana Serra Cary, a film historian and advocate for laws protecting child performers. "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room" is screening at MOMA September 5-9.