Documentary, History, Music

Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day

Director: Bert Stern
Year: 1959

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer's Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.

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The 78 Project Movie

The 78 Project Movie

Director: Alex Steyermark
Year: 2014

The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take.

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Denise Ho – Becoming the Song

Denise Ho – Becoming the Song

Director: Sue Williams
Year: 2020

Denise Ho – Becoming the Song profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line in support of the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom.

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Dare to Drum

Dare to Drum

Director: John Bryant
Year: 2016

DARE TO DRUM tells the story of rock star composer Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, teaming up with D’Drum, a Texas-based world percussion group, and Maestro Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to create groundbreaking work, both on and off the screen.

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Invitation to Dance - Classroom Version

Invitation to Dance - Classroom Version

Year: 2016

New presentation-length edition

Invitation to Dance - Classroom Version is an eye-opening insider's account of disability in 21st century America. Simi Linton's story forms the narrative backbone of the documentary. The film traces both her personal growth as a disabled woman, and the larger historically significant developments around her over the past 40 years. Simi serves as navigator and tour guide to a world largely unknown, generally isolated, and commonly dismissed. This new edit of the film is designed specifically for classroom use in both High School and College level courses and comes equipped with Closed Captions and a free study guide!

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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Year: 2017

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music and the pioneering Native American musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

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