Music

  • Lonely Boy

    Directed by Wolf Koening, Roman Kroiter • Documentary • 1962 • 26 minutes

    The story of popular singer Paul Anka. He rose from obscurity to become the idol of millions of adolescent fans around the world. This film takes a candid look at both sides of the footlights as well as the promotion indus...

  • Glenn Gould: On the Record

    Directed by Roman Kroiter, Wolf Koening • Documentary • 1959 • 29 minutes

    Glenn Gould, renowned Canadian concert pianist, in New York--kidding the cab driver, bantering with sound engineers at Columbia Records; and then, alone with the piano, fastidiously recording Bach's Italian Concerto.

  • Glenn Gould: Off the Record

    Directed by Roman Kroiter, Wolf Koening • Documentary • 1959 • 29 minutes

    Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould enjoys a respite at his lakeside cottage. It is an aspect of Gould previously known only to the collie pacing beside him through the woods, the fishermen resting their oars to hear his ...

  • Kate and Anna McGarrigle

    Directed by Caroline Leaf • Documentary • 1981 • 27 minutes

    Quebec-born singing sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle enjoy international acclaim--for their inimitable style, their talent as songwriters and especially for their unassuming, informal selves! With sister Jane as business manager, Kate a...

  • Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr Leonard Cohen

    Directed by Donald Brittain, Don Owen • Documentary • 1965 • 44 minutes

    Produced in 1965, this is an informal portrait of the Montreal poet, novelist and songwriter, Leonard Cohen. He is seen reading his poetry to a rapt audience and also alone, or relaxing with family and friends.

  • An Apollo Legend

    Directed by Brian Storm • Documentary • 2008 • 18 minutes

    Decades before American Idol and America's Got Talent captured the attention of millons on TV, the world renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem started hosting its popular Amateur Night, which launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, James Bro...

  • Carface (Autos Portraits)

    Directed by Claude Cloutier • Animation • 2015 • 5 minutes

    In this short animated film, a Chevrolet Bel Air 1957 offers an ironic take on the iconic American ballad "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)". The Chevy's bumper transforms into a pair of seductive lips, from which emerge the so...

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary: Cat Listening to Music

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1994 • 3 minutes

    Marker fans are familiar with the cartoon representation of Guillaume-en-Egypte, Marker's beloved pet cat, which has become the reclusive filmmaker's alter ego. In this charming short, Marker reveals the real-life Guillaume, stretched out...

  • Dream Girls

    Directed by Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams • Documentary • 1995 • 50 minutes

    This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theater company in Japan. Each year, thousands of girls apply to enter the...

  • Flamenco, Flamenco

    Directed by Carlos Saura • Documentary • With Sara Baras, José Miguel Carmona • 2010 • 90 minutes

    Directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, Flamenco, Flamenco is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographe...

  • Footnotes

    Directed by Paul Calori & Kostia Testut • Drama • With Pauline Etienne, Oliver Chantreau, François Morel, Loïc Corbery, Julie Victor • 2017 • 85 minutes

    Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman strugg...

  • Impromptu

    Directed by Bruce Alcock • Animation • 2013 • 10 minutes

    Impromptu takes a look at the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love through the eyes of a modern man. Chuck is in his element, cooking and listening to Chopin with his baby daughter, imagining what he will say to his wife Sylvie o...

  • The Last Angel of History

    Directed by John Akomfrah • Documentary • 1996 • 45 minutes

    John Akomfrah, director of Seven Songs of Malcolm X, returns with an engaging and searing examination of the hitherto unexplored relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and rapidly progressing c...

  • Mademoiselle Paradis

    Directed by Barbara Albert • Drama • With Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko • 2017 • 97 minutes

    Set in 18th century Vienna, this is the true story of Maria Paradis, a gifted piano player and friend of Mozart, who lost her eyesight as a child. Desperate to cure their talented daughter, her...

  • The Internationale

    Directed by Peter Miller • Documentary • 2000 • 30 minutes

    THE INTERNATIONALE draws on people's stories of an emotionally charged radical song (the long-time anthem of socialism and communism) to celebrate the relationship between music and social change, and to evaluate the uncertain fate of on...

  • Mali Blues

    Directed by Lutz Gregor • Documentary • With Fatoumata Diawara, Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Bassékou Kouyaté • 2016 • 93 minutes

    The West African country of Mali is widely recognized as the birthplace of the blues, later carried by the transatlantic slave trade to America's cotton fields. Yet despite cent...

  • Oscar

    Directed by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre • Animation • 2016 • 12 minutes

    Brilliantly mixing animated sequences and archival footage, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre paints a touching portrait of virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson. As with her previous films (McLaren's Negative and Jutra), Saint-Pierre pursues...

  • Quest

    Directed by Jonathan Olshefski • Documentary • 2017 • 105 minutes

    ​Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, Quest is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia.

    Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a ...

  • Olancho

    Directed by Chris Valdés and Ted Griswold • Documentary • 2018 • 70 minutes

    Olancho is the most lawless province of Honduras, the most murderous country on the planet. Here, the drug trade has taken its toll in human lives and economic damage. But to some musicians, the cartels provide an opport...

  • The Underground Orchestra

    Directed by Heddy Honigmann • Documentary • 1999 • 108 minutes

    THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA is a glorious documentary profile of musicians who play on the sidewalks of Paris and in the Metro. Filmmaker Heddy Honigmann (METAL AND MELANCHOLY and O AMOR NATURAL), illuminates the lives and music of a r...

  • Small Wonders

    Directed by Allan Miller • Documentary • 1995 • 77 minutes

    This inspirational documentary deservedly earned a 1995 Academy Award nomination. Divorced mother Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras taught music in the New York City school system until the budget ax eliminated her job. Dedicated to music and he...

  • Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio

    Directed by Ryan Douglass and Sara Leavitt • Documentary • 2015 • 75 minutes

    For over 30 years, Martin Bisi has recorded music from his studio in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood. After a chance New York encounter, the studio was founded with money from Brian Eno, who subsequently worked on the a...

  • Tosca's Kiss

    Directed by Daniel Schmid • Documentary • 1984 • 87 minutes

    Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896.

    In his documentary film Tosca's Kiss, which has developed an underground cult...

  • We Are Twisted F***ing Sister

    Directed by Andrew Horn • Documentary • With Jay Jay French, Dee Snider • 2014 • 134 minutes

    In the mid-1970s, Twisted Sister claimed glitter rock for their own, cross-dressing their way to headlining every club within 100 miles of New York City, from New Jersey bowling alleys to Long Island bea...