Review of the Documentary ‘Records Collecting Dust’

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Becca Martin-Marx

Riot House Records has put out its first film, a documentary that follows a format that has become a trend. This movie features snapshots of acclaimed, famed, and obscure music aficionados letting you peer into their collective memory. I am not taking a shot at them, how can a film that documents the slim line between fan and fanatic disappoint? Continue reading

Film Review – We Rock Long Distance

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Becca Martin-Marx

“I can’t stand all that short music. We dance long distance here…”  a quote from Afro-Beat artist Fela Kuti from which a title was born. Filmmaker Justin Schell was proud as he introduced his Doc several years in the making, the impetus an encounter with the film’s subjects. What follows is a snapshot into the artistic journeys of Minneapolis hip hop artists M.anifest, Maria Isa and Tou Saiko Lee. Continue reading

Film Review – Every Everything the music, life and times of Grant Hart

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By Becca Martin

Bechard’s “Every Everything…” continues his documentaries of MN musicians.  This one featured the subject almost exclusively including band footage, which is a departure from the other docs.  At face value people may view this film finding a gentler, kinder version of the Grant Hart than the one we knew after Husker Du disintegrated. However, it delves deeper than that.  Grant the artist is revealed; his opinions of art were quite interesting as were his influences such as William S. Burroughs and Patti Smith amongst others. Time has seemed to heal a lot of the dramatic Husker Du wounds. Grant opens up quite wide revealing fatherhood, and the loss of his mother and home. Bechard has succeeded in a place he hadn’t before, really helping the audience to understand the artist.  After all isn’t that what all artists want-understanding?

This Film is showing Wednesday, November 13th at Landmark Center. As part of the Sound Unseen Film Festival

http://soundunseen.com/film-schedule/

www.everyeverything.com