Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

In this film the spotlight is on Shane MacGowan, the leader of the punk Irish band Pogues. MacGowan turned out to be a difficult character to interview, according to the director, but that made room for the film to portray his irreverence and essence, using archival footage and testimonies from people like his sister, Siobhan, his father, Maurice, and Gerry Adams, the former president of the Sinn Féin political party, in inventive and playful ways.

9 Sevilles

A portrait of the new flamenco in Seville, through nine protagonists, including the dancer Javiera de la Fuente, the poet David Pielfort, the gypsy lawyer and feminist Pastora Filigrana or the actress Rocío Montero. Includes performances by Israel Galván, Alfredo Lago, Inés Bachan, Rocío Márquez, Cantizano Raul, Loyal Leonor, Tomás de Perrate, Niño de Elche, Silvia Pérez Cruz and Rosalía.

We Were Floating High

Leiria’s band First Breath After Coma had a full 2019. The excitement came not only due to recording an album, locked in a house, to concerts and collaborations, but also due to the fact that they had their movements followed by a film crew.

Sisters with Transistors

A healthy historical review, narrated by Laurie Anderson, that puts “girls to the front” when it comes to the impact and contributions of women in the history of electronic music. The contributions of the experiments by Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, Wendy Carlos, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel are mapped throughout this documentary – contextualizing their work regarding the political, cultural and social movements of the 20th century.

Mimaroglu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island

A portrait of Ilhan Mimaroglu, the little-known composer of Turkish avant-garde and electronic music, and his wife, Güngör, who was an activist for the American civil rights movement, after emigrating to the country in 1959. The film is built through their home videos and other materials from their personal archives, as well as their reflections and other testimonies, and weaves a life-long adventure marked by companionship.

I’m Full of It!

The Portuguese punk scene portrayed in a documentary focused on João Pedro Almendra, former vocalist of the band Peste & Sida. In addition to testimonials from his companions and other bands, the film focuses on the Lisbon neighborhood of Alvalade, where Almendra has always lived and which was the territory of national punk bands such as Ku de Judas, Peste & Sida and Censurados.

Different Johns

John Cohen is a maverick and a multi-talent artist. Founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers as well as folk musician raved about by Patti Smith, photographer, anthropologist and filmmaker, Cohen played a singular role in registering figures from American popular culture, such as his portraits of Jack Kerouac, Kooning Willem, Robert Frank, Allen Ginsberg, Woodie Guthrie and a Bob Dylan about to make it into the limelight.

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

Poly Styrene, from the English band X-Ray Spex, saw the Sex Pistols in 1976 and converted to punk rock. This film, directed by Paul Sng and the singer’s daughter, Celeste Bell, portrays a musical icon who has become a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements, having revolted against the racist, sexist and oppressive structures in England, at the end of the 20th century. The opposite of a cliché.

The Nowhere Inn

Bill Benz, in his first feature film, reunites with Carrie Brownstein (from the band Sleater-Kinney), with whom he worked on the comedy she created with Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live), Portlandia. Brownstein is the author of the script alongside Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent. The idea, in this mockumentary psychological thriller, is to explore who the “real Annie” is through the eyes of her best friend, Carrie.

Patrick

Luke Fowler continues to create posthumous portraits of relevant figures. In this film, he evokes the life of music producer Patrick Cowley, the pioneer of Hi-NRG, a genre of electronic music, in the late 70s, and a prolific artist of the San Francisco cultural scene.

The Sparks Brothers

Edgar Wright is known for films such as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Baby Driver. Now he presents a documentary about The Sparks, an eclectic and eccentric musical duo who are described as “your favorite band’s favorite band”. To talk about the myth and let the world know about these two brothers, Wright gathers interviews with musicians and comedians, including  Beck, Neil Gaiman, Björk, Patton Oswalt, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jack Antonoff or even Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls).

Live from the Centre of the Earth

Live from the centre of the earth takes our primal bond to music back into the prehistoric cave. When the pandemic halted all tours, Jarvis Cocker’s new band, Jarv Is…, decided to perform their new album deep inside a cave in England. Captured by BAFTA nominated directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth). THIS IS NOT A LIVE FILM – it’s an ALIVE FILM.

A Symphony of Noise

A film about and with Matthew Herbert, a British electronic musician and activist. In this documentary, the director accompanies Herbert through his creative process of an idiosyncratic project: writing a book in which each chapter painstakingly describes a piece of music and it’s up to the reader to imagine the symphony.

Ney under the skin

Anthological documentary that traces the impact of the music, performances and ideas by Brazilian singer Ney Matogrosso, from the second half of the twentieth century, through archival footage of his concerts and interviews over the decades.

Eram 27 Dias e Paraste

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the presentation of Noiserv’s latest album, Uma palavra começada por N, at Lisbon’s Teatro Tivoli BBVA, on November 13, 2020.

Caudal

After the year when the world stopped, Barcelo’s Solar Corona took advantage of the end of lockdown to return to the stage. The camera snakes between them, in a different concert format.

Other, Like Me

In 1970, in the city of Hull in England, an artistic collective was born that was about to challenge the world of art. COUM Transmissions was led by the artists Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti who worked on performance that challenged the limits imposed on themes such as violence, sex and pornography. When they turned to music, they created the band Throbbing Gristle, precursor to industrial electronica. This is a documentary about their work.

In the year that the world saw the disappearance, at the age of 70, of Genesis P-Orridge, founder of the pioneers COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle, who assumed himself as a “pandrogynous” being following a peculiar body fusion surgical intervention with his wife , this film tells, for the first time, the history of these bands through the words of the elements themselves, for the fisrt time. The story of a group of artists and musicians who worked in different combinations over many years and who were at the origin of industrial music in England in the 70s. To fuse art with life and archive complete personal liberation – at whatever the cost – was the single idea. They adopted new identities, pushed art to its limits and invented a new genre of music, confronting assumptions aboux sex, morality and the dark side of human nature. Their work caused outrage and media scandal and politician denounced them as “the wreckers of civilization”. A film about an indisputable milestone in the genesis of industrial music and in the arts in general. (Helena César)

Ricardo

In 2014, a guy appeared on stage in colourful shorts, for an artistic performance during Sensible Soccers concert, at the Paredes de Coura festival. Since then he was never forgotten. But who is he? Ricardo is a mockumentary about Ricardo. 

Who is Ricardo? We don’t know much, although he is known as the guy in the colorful shorts. The story goes that in 2014 he appeared on stage in colorful shorts, for an artistic performance during a Sensible Soccers concert at the Paredes de Coura festival. Since then he has never been forgotten. Ricardo is a mockumentary about Ricardo Bueno and the drama of forgetting your dance moves. Suffering for you, Ricardo. (Carlos Ramos)