How many women drummers can most people name? “Tomboy” pointedly doesn’t try to fill that sparse category.
Instead, this enlightening but uneven documentary profiles four female drummers from different generations and from a range of musical styles, from Motown to metal, tracing their challenges in the music industry.
Directed by Lindsay Lindenbaum, the film was scheduled to screen at SXSW in the 24 Beats Per Second program, and is now part of the online festival that SXSW has put into place after live events were cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to filmmaker Peter Jackson’s previously announced Beatles documentary, “Get Back,” which creates a new film from the hundreds of hours of footage filmed during the recording the group’s final album “Let It Be.”
“The Beatles: Get Back” is scheduled to be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the United States and Canada on Sept. 4, with additional details and dates for the film’s global release to follow.
The film creates a cheerful counter-narrative to Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary “Let It Be, which has a gloomy atmosphere and laid bare many of the internal disputes and arguments that ultimately broke up the Beatles.
Unlike virtually every other item in the group’s oeuvre, Linday-Hogg’s film has been out of circulation for many years.
Neon has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Painter and the Thief,” a documentary from Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree that won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
When two paintings by Czech naturalist Barbora Kysilkova are stolen from an Oslo, Norway art gallery in 2015, the thieves are quickly identified, but the paintings are nowhere to be found.
Hoping to learn what happened, Kysilkova reaches out to one of the thieves, Karl-Bertil Nordland, asking to paint him. What follows over a series of portraits is an unlikely friendship.
Using a structure that cleverly shifts perspectives, Ree unfolds the lives and vulnerabilities of two people who come to recognize themselves in the other.
London-based distributor Dogwoof and music films specialist Eagle Rock have partnered on international sales for the Natalie Johns-directed “Max Richter’s Sleep.”
The documentary follows the groundbreaking British-born German composer — who rose to prominence with the Golden Globe-winning “Waltz With Bashir” and whose credits include “Ad Astra” and “Shutter Island” — as he created his landmark eight-hour album, “Sleep.”
Centered on Richter’s open-air concert in Los Angeles, as well as footage from Berlin, Sydney, and Paris, the film examines his life and process and includes personal reflections from the composer, as well as a visual archive from his long-term creative partner, the BAFTA-winning filmmaker Yulia Mahr, the co-architect of “Sleep.”
Before the song “Dance Monkey” hit No. 1 in 20 countries and topped one billion plays on Spotify, it was a local attraction on the beachfront streets of Byron Bay, Australia.
Written by a busker named Toni Watson, 26, who performs as the solo act Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” uses a plunking keyboard and thumping bass line as a backdrop to describe the very specific life of a street musician.
“Just like a monkey I’ve been dancing my whole life,” she sings. “And you just beg to see me dance just one more time.”
Metal is a music genre that brings fans together regardless of their geographical location by virtue of cathartic liberation and a sense of community.
“Saigon Metalhood” tells the story of three generations of metalheads spearheading the legitimization of the genre in Vietnam.
The soundtrack of the documentary features artists from the Vietnamese underground metal scene and aims to debunk the commonly held myth in Vietnam that the genre is nothing more than a disordered and harsh ruckus.
The film premiered in Vietnam last month and will be available for streaming around the world later this year.
Find out more about “Saigon Metalhead” by visiting the film’s website.