Mirrorball Documentaries Dazzle
Barcelona, Tokyo, Boston, Seoul; the Mirrorball team have had a tough year touring with their internationally renowned music promo and film programme. Thankfully, their growing global reputation has y...
Barcelona, Tokyo, Boston, Seoul; the Mirrorball team have had a tough year touring with their internationally renowned music promo and film programme. Thankfully, their growing global reputation has yielded the most innovative and diverse selection to date.
Originally conceived for 1996’s EIFF to gain recognition for the music video as a legitimate art form, Mirrorball's remit has evolved to embrace feature-length film. This year sees the inclusion of five inspired documentaries, which take a variety of musical sources as their subjects. Whatever your taste in music, these are great pieces of filmmaking.
Rock the Bells tracks the attempts to stage a reunion gig with legendary rap collective, the Wu-Tang Clan. The ‘Wu’ are notoriously difficult to gather, with the crack-addicted - and now dearly departed - Ol’ Dirty Bastard being particularly hard to pin down. Cracking stage performances light up this highly entertaining twist on the concert movie.
East of Havana follows the lives of three ghetto-based rappers who use hip-hop to voice their frustrations. They attempt to stage a show but find little support from the (surprisingly) oppressive Cuban authorities. A gripping and politically informed look at Cuba's social problems.
The Refugee All-Stars are a remarkable group who survived the civil war in Sierra Leone. They tour their new homeland, Guinea, providing entertainment and inspiration to fellow refugees. See Empire in Africa, also showing at the EIFF, as further evidence of the brutality they escaped.
Before The Music Dies is an impassioned and insightful look at the all-controlling American music industry and the resulting impact on creativity. A blend of live performances and often amusing interviews with musicians, this is an essential rage against the machine.
loudQUIETloud captures the reunion tour of The Pixies, whose working life is a fascinating counterpoint to their fiery stage presence. In the indie bible, The Pixies begat Nirvana and dozens of other imitators. This film proves they’re still as relevant today.
Check back on Monday as we look at the Mirrorball promo collections and retrospectives.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.