WWOZ is proud to co-sponsor “Musically Speaking,” a new series of music-themed movies and documentaries on Mondays, curated and co-hosted by Soul Sister, and co-presented by Press Street and the Charitable Film Network.
Admission to all films is free and screenings will take place at 7:00 pm on selected Mondays this summer at Café Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Refreshments will also be served, and a cash bar is available. For more information or to rsvp, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.press-street.com/film.
Monday, August 27
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story (2011)
Producers Gerald McCauley and Ben Bove present a new film about the invention, evolution, and popularization of the Fender Rhodes Piano, narrated by Dorian Harewood. One of the most foremost and pioneering electric pianos of all time, this documentary captures compelling interviews from Herbie Hancock, Vince Wilburn Jr., Lalah Hathaway, Patrice Rushen, James Poyser, Maurice White, Greg Phillinganes, Marcus Miller, Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Chick Corea, D’Angelo and many more. Bringing light to the movements of the Rhodes starting from jazz, up until present day pop music.
Monday, September 10
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense (2009)
Hailed as “the most significant jazz documentary in recent decades...it takes an at-times contentious look at jazz today and ponders its future.” Icons Among Us is a dynamic and engaging document of many of the greatest jazz musicians of today. With Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Donald Harrison Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Medeski Martin & Wood, Nicholas Payton, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, and many more.
Monday, September 17
Wattstax documents Stax Records' epochal 1972 concert, which drew over 100,000 people. Features incendiary performances by Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, and other greats of soul, R&B, and gospel — plus biting humor from a then little-known Richard Pryor. More than a concert film, Wattstax also captures a heady moment in 1970s "black-is-beautiful" African-American culture, when L.A.'s black community came together just 7 years after the Watts riots to celebrate its survival. Nominated for a 1974 Golden Globe for Best Documentary, Wattstax was originally considered “too racy, political, and black” to receive wide theatrical release or TV broadcast until only a few years ago.
Monday, September 24
WTF: An Okaymentary (2007)
This film tells the story of how one online community – the users of okayplayer.com – has overcome the nebulous nature of the Internet to build a network of meaningful relationships based on their common passion for music. The universal language has inspired fans of hip hop artists like The Roots, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Erykah Badu to get online and speak with each other. Starring Questlove, Common, Little Brother, Foreign Exchange, Tanya Morgan, and Che Grand.
Charitable Film Network co-hosts Soul Sister’s “Musically Speaking” film series, and organizes and hosts Press Street’s Art House film series. CFN is a diverse community of media-makers, dedicated to
connecting and collaborating with non-profits, artists, and activists on programs that benefit the community–at–large.