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Documentaries On Bjork And James Brown To Screen At Tribeca Film Festival
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.26.2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be two music documentaries at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. One is an unfinished, untitled James Brown documentary from Alex Gibney and the other is the world premiere of Bjork: Biophilia Live.

The festival runs from April 16-27 in New York. It will also feature the world premiere of Time Is Illmatic with a performance by Nas at the Beacon Theater. Tickets will be available to the public here. Director One9's documentary follows the creation and release of Nas' 1994 debut album Illmatic.

Director of Programming Genna Terranova said: "Music is a prominent thread throughout the festival this year, and the Untitled James Brown Documentary and Bjork: Biophilia Live are great complements to our already exciting slate. Nas and his work have been beloved by New Yorkers for years and we are thrilled to be celebrating his music with everyone on opening night."

Here's a synopsis of the James Brown documentary: James Brown changed the face of American music. Soul Brother Number One, as he was known, pioneered the journey from rhythm and blues to funk More than that, this American legend -- who willed himself to life after he was stillborn -- was a classic embodiment of the American dream. The son of a "turpentine man" from rural South Carolina, Brown became one the greatest live performers ever known, the "hardest working man in show business," and a self-made millionaire. As he often said, it was "show AND business." Once successful, one of his first orders of business was to launch the soundtrack for a new civil rights movement: "Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud." With unique cooperation of the Brown estate, this is a definitive documentary biography of the James Brown story and legend, 19331974.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Gibney on April 27.

Here's a synopsis of Bjork: Biophilia Live (directed by Nick Fenton & Peter Strickland, screens April 26): From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist Björk. Directors Fenton and Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance, and punctuate her music with evocative animation from apps created by the world's top designers combined with science and nature archive and found footage. This is inspired by the themes of the album which explore the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena -- atomic, cellular and cosmic. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.


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