Category Archives: Film Features

Film feature: Violeta Went To Heaven @ The Film Society of Lincoln Center (LATINBEAT 2012)!

The extraordinary story of the iconic poet, musician and folksinger Violeta Parra, whose songs have become hymns for Chileans and Latin Americans alike. Director Andrés Wood (Machuca) traces the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art. Chile’s official Oscar entry.

The 8/17 screening will take place in the Film Center; the 8/18 screening will take place in the Walter Reade Theater.

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A Documentary Film: THIS TIME – an unflinching celebration of six diverse artists living on the flip side of the music industry!

Date: Friday, August 10, 2012
Venue: Quad Cinemas (34 W. 13 St. NY)
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THIS TIME 2011, USA, 111 min.  A film by Victor Mignatti.  Produced By Mark Bower and Victor Mignatti.  Photographed, Edited & Directed by Victor Mignatti.  Featuring: The Sweet Inspirations, Peitor Angell, Bobby Belfry, Pat Hodges and Cissy Houston.  Featuring Songs by Peitor Angell and Bobby Belfry. Original Musical Score by Peitor Angell. A production of Village Art Pictures And Inspiration 101, LLC.

They’ve sung back-up for Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and Jimi Hendrix, been homeless while their songs were on the charts, and struggled to fill tiny cabarets while fighting for their big break – all the while holding tight to their dignity and to their dreams. A new documentary work by filmmaker Victor MignattiTHIS TIME explores a world far from the overnight television sensations of “American Idol,” capturing the underbelly of an industry that relies on the ever-present pool of new artists waiting for their chance at stardom.  Accompanied by the soaring music of the gifted artists featured in the film, including the legendary Sweet Inspirations and Cissy Houston, the film tracks the triumphant and heart-wrenching efforts of six musicians working day and night to turn up the volume on their careers. From the streets of South Central Los Angeles to Park Avenue in New York, THIS TIME is a unique musical story about utter dedication to an art form and the transformative power of music.

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Short film documentarty: Shun Hattori, Japanese tap dancer in NY.

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

I think I don’t know of any other people or country around the world, who are so crazy about US culture than the  Japanese. Even more than Iranians?! I don’t know of any other country around the world that ignores its own culture than Japan. Maybe it sounds cruel and unfair but I found this out by living in Japan for such a long time.

When you talk to Japanese in Japan and here in New York about their country and culture, you will be surprised, how much they don’t know about their own country. Often they don’t know anything about the things New Yorkers are interested in, such as  Zen, Kabuki, Noh, Japanese fashion, martial arts vs samurai, Japanese politics and history, Toru Takemitsu, Butoh, Kiari, Japanese Classical music and many more things. Everything that is coming from outside interests them more than their own roots.

I can understand that especially young people are not interested or don’t like things of their own culture, but at least they should know about them. For example, I know of young Iranians, who are not into Persian Classical music, but they still know something about it and know the famous singer Mohamed Reza Shajarian, or young Indians, who are bored by Indian Classical music, do know Ravi Shankar and his music, Malians people, who love Salif Keita, still  appreciate their own roots music.

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Short film music documentary feature: Arto Lindsay…do you remember me?

Text by Sohrab Saadat Lardjevardi

Just by chance, when I was looking for a Melvin Gibbs YouTube video for the DooBeeDoo music listings, I found this video which features Arto Lindsay’s special appearance at the opening reception for Jean-Michel Basquiat’s exhibition, “Sketchbook for Arto”.

I have known Arto since 1991 when I met him and his band The Ambitious Lovers for the first time at the Club Quattro in Tokyo. We met backstage and became friends. I met him again in NY the next year. He invited me to his big apartment in Manhattan. We talked about the NY music scene and about doing some music together. The next year we met again in Tokyo, when he toured Japan again. In his free time I showed him around Tokyo.

From that time on I lost touch with him, because he didn’t come to Japan and I didn’t go to NY. But I heard from music colleagues that he moved to Brazil for private reasons.

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Film documentary: Birders – The Central Park Effect featuring Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi for “32 seconds of fame.”


Title: Birders: The Central Park Effect
Director: Jeffrey Kimball
Music composer: Paul Damian Hogan
Editor: Daniel Baer
Length: 60 minutes
Country: USA
Media: HBO Documentary Films
Premier show date: Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9pm and it will be shown for 6 months or more
DVD release: by the end of this year

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

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