‘The Sparks Brothers’ is a documentary from director Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) about ‘your favorite band’s favorite band’: Sparks. The film follows Los Angeles brothers Ron and Russell Mael from the 1960s to the present day, 25 studio albums later.
Henny Vrienten: In Zijn Eigen Woorden
Interview documentary by filmmaker Martin Kuiper about the Hilvarenbeek musician Henny Vrienten (Doe Maar, Vreemde Kostgangers). Vrienten talks about his youth, his father, music, successes and his musical friendships. The film is based on more than three and a half hours of (unpublished) conversations. In the film, Vrienten also plays a fragment of a song that has never been released.
Cuby & Blizzard: De Legende Plus
Remake of the 1985 documentary ‘De Legende’ by filmmaker and cameraman Willem van der Linde about Harry Muskee, frontman of the band Cuby & Blizzards. A story about the importance of Harry and the music of Cuby & Blizzards in the nostalgia for the countryside. In ‘De Legende Plus’ there is almost 30 minutes of extra film material that did not make it to the TV version at the time. Followed by a concert by Erwin Java (Cuby & Blizzards).
Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.
Documentary about the American indie rock band Dinosaur Jr.. The group was formed in 1984 in Amherst, Massachusetts and at its peak consisted of band members J Mascis, Murph and Lou Barlow. Dinosaur Jr. is considered one of the founders of later grunge music (Nirvana, Mudhoney etc.). Their music is characterized by Mascis’ drawling vocals and pronounced guitar sound, with a lot of feedback and distortion.
Trance & concert Trio Flamenco Jorge Pardo
‘Trance’ is a documentary about the Spanish flamenco artist Jorge Pardo, flautist and saxophonist with Paco de Lucía. In the film, Pardo tries to organize a unique concert, connecting musicians from all over the world, a show called ‘Trance’. Followed by a concert by the group Trio Flamenco, with Jorge Pardo (flute, saxophone) Melon Jimenez (guitar) and Bandolero (percussion).
Epica: Live At Paradiso
Concert registration of the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica. The registration of a legendary performance in 2006 in Paradiso, Amsterdam lay in a drawer for 16 years and was finally released on the 20th anniversary of the band. The group from Reuver, North Limburg was founded in 2002 by guitarist Mark Jansen and is now playing to full houses in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
RK Veulpoepers BV: De Hippies Van Beek
Documentary by filmmaker Frank van Osch (Den Bosch) about the folk band RK Veulpoepers BV from Hilvarenbeek: ‘left-wing yet fun’. The band experienced the greatest success in the 1980s, including the song ‘D’n Egelantier’. When in 1996 a reunion ends in a hefty quarrel, the curtain finally falls for this colorful group. Following the film, a performance by Zjef Naaijkens, Ad Grooten and Frank van Osch.
Fiction film by the American band Foo Fighters. In the horror comedy, the band members move into an abandoned villa in California to record their tenth music album. Once inside the house, frontman Dave Grohl encounters supernatural forces that threaten the lives of his bandmates. The Studio 666 story was written by Dave Grohl himself and shot with their resident music video director BJ McDonnell.
Documentary about female metal band Slave to Sirens from Lebanon. ‘Sirens’ deals with the struggle that the band members have to fight against all prejudices against women in a masculine society, and for their place as alternatives in the politically and economically unstable country. The film mainly follows the two founding members of the band, Lilas Mayassi and Shery Bachara.
Whitney: Can I Be Me?
Award-winning documentary about one of the greatest pop singers of all time, Whitney Houston, who died of an overdose at the age of 48. ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ tells her life story with archive footage from the 1999 World Tour and testimonials from family, friends and musicians.
Workshop: Filmmuziek Onder Het Maaiveld
Workshop with film composers Eric Blom & René Meister about their work on the new film Onder Het Maaiveld (release March 2023). They must create sound in a world of which we know no sound at all: an underground community of roots, larvae, worms, fungi, bacteria, amoebas and arthropods. Blom & Meister play pieces of music that have already been composed with fragments of the film that have already been edited.
Documentary about the popularity of karaoke in Finland. “Finns show no emotion, Finns sing karaoke,” according to film director Einari Paakkanen. In his film he follows a number of ordinary Finns who try to fight their loneliness with karaoke singing. He films them in their own (working) environment: a car workshop, a farm or on stage. Following the film, a conversation with director Einari Paakkanen.