Gimme Some Truth 2015 | RTRFM’s Music Documentary Festival
We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Booglaoo (USA) - Opening Night
We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo (USA)
Friday, 4 December 8pm. Luna Outdoor.
From 1965 to 1970, musicians in New York City fused English and Spanish lyrics with Afro-Cuban, jazz, rock and R&B rhythms and melodies to create Latin boogaloo. It was a period of revolution and social awakening and young Latinos in search of their identity, growing up in neighborhoods like East Harlem and the South Bronx, adopted Latin boogaloo as their soundtrack.
This audience, once on the verge of leaving Latin music behind, now came to appreciate it. With the emergence of salsa, another New York creation, some say the Latin boogaloo was killed off, not by the fans, but by industry politics. We Like It Like That explores this fascinating, though often overlooked, bridge in Latin music history, seeking to understand its context in the story of Latinos in America and its continued influence around the world today.
Featuring original interviews with Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon, Ricardo Ray, Jimmy Sabater (of the Joe Cuba Sextet), Joey Pastrana, Larry Harlow, Harvey Averne, Angel Lebron (of the Lebron Brothers), Benny Bonilla (of the the Pete Rodriguez band), Felipe Luciano, Aurora Flores, Sandra Maria Esteves, Alex Masucci, Oliver Wang, Juan Flores, Bobby Sanabria, Bobbito Garcia and others.
Prison Songs (AUS)
Prison Songs (AUS)
Saturday, 5 December 8pm. Luna Outdoor.
The inmates of Darwin’s Berrimah Prison are shown in a new light in Australia’s first documentary musical. The inmates share their feelings, faults and experiences in the most extraordinary way – through song.
Berrimah Prison has been described as Dickensian with its dirt, rats, mosquitoes and unbearable heat. If nothing else, it is an old, overcrowded, tropical jail facing closure. When it first opened in 1979, it was designed to hold 115 prisoners. In 2014 it strains to hold more than 800. The inmates are varied, both men and women, some from good homes, others from dysfunctional families. Many come from remote communities where English is the second or third language spoken and the traditional law of their society is in conflict with European laws. This documentary gives voice to these normally overlooked Australian citizens.
As distinct from a concert-based documentary, singing pervades PRISON SONGS with prisoners breaking into hip-hop, blues, country, reggae or gospel as they talk about the reasons for their imprisonment. The personal, intimate stories mesh together to create a portrait of life in a society with one of the highest incarceration rates in the world.
All the prisoners in Berrimah have their own story to tell. Life in a contemporary Australian gaol has never been filmed with such detail, emotional depth or with such seriousness and humour. It is a snapshot of Berrimah Prison, just prior to it being decommissioned as an adult prison in late 2014.
They Will Have to Kill Us First (UK)
They Will Have To Kill Us First (UK)
Sunday, 6 December 8pm. Luna Outdoor.
They Will Have To Kill Us First is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali following a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music.
Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined.
But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back. Declared “Essential viewing” (Dazed & Confused), and “A gripping, powerfuldocumentary” (Indiewire).
The 78 Project (USA)
The 78 Project Movie (USA)
Monday, 7 December 8pm. Luna Outdoor.
The 78 Project Movie is a documentary and recording journey inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th century. The project brings the spirit of his work into the present as we pair breakthrough musicians with the songs and the fascinating recording technology of the past.
With just one microphone, one authentic 1930’s Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder, and one blank lacquer disc, musicians are given one take to cut a record anywhere they choose. What we have found is that the film, music and feelings that result defy space and time, living music inspired by ghosts.
Y/ Our Music (THAI/UK)
Y/ Our Music (THAI/UK)
Tuesday, 8 December 8pm. Luna Outdoor.
Y/OUR MUSIC immerses itself in the world of Thai music, from traditional music to labour songs and classical pop to urban indie music, spanning different locales and generations.
As nine musicians each display their music, the rural or urban environments that influenced their sound are explored. The hands that play traditional instruments amid the red dust clouds, the labor songs being hummed in front of grains awaiting harvest, and the indie music born out of concrete basements create a melodious ecosystem.
While they inhabit different musical worlds the musicians are connected by the same passion to bring their artistic aspirations to the fore and survive in the outskirts of the mainstream.
Barr None: The Peter Barr Story (WA, AUS) - Closing Night
Barr None: The Peter Barr Story (WA, AUS)
Wednesday, 9 December 8pm. Luna Outdoor.
After 10 years as the face of local community radio station RTRFM, Peter Barr decided to hang up the microphones at the end of 2014. Follow Pete during his last week on air, the people who made the show great and the guests who made Pete sane at 6am in the morning.
This is a special behind the scenes look at one of the most loved characters of the West Australian music scene. From opening the office before the sun comes up to returning home to his young family as school finishes. Go on the journey of Peter Barr and the person who would step into his hard to fill Breakfast chair.
Directed by Chris Butler and Kal Englishby, Barr None: The Peter Barr Story is a local story about a man who loved his job and his place in the world.
Her Aim Is True (USA)- Closing Night
Her Aim Is True (USA)
Wednesday, 9 December 8:30pm. Luna Outdoor.
In 1964, a middle-aged, self-taught photographer Jini Dellaccio began hanging out with raucous garage bands like The Sonics in her backyard, creating startling images and innovative album covers.
Soon she was grabbing unprecedented portraits of Neil Young and early performances by bands like The Who, Rolling Stones, and Mamas & Papas.
Musicians and rock photographers join Jini Dellaccio on an inspiring tour of her ingenuity and style, with a soundtrack and interviews that capture the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant music subculture. At the heart of this film though, is a legacy lost and found in an enduring story about love, creativity and indie spirit, with universal appeal.
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