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Movie Natters: April 20, 2006 Archive

Some smatterings and some musical treats

Posted at 5:05 PM on April 20, 2006 by Euan Kerr

Well, we tried to get Al Franken and/or "Al Franken:God Spoke" co-directors Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus into the studio today, prior to the opening of the 2006 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival. But travel schedules, the weather, and the vindictive gods of film festivals intervened and they can't make it in time. The movie is showing again next week though, so we'll see if we can get the planets aligned for another try tomorrow.

I have been trying to take in at least snippets of some of the films being screened this weekend. There are a couple of musical treats on offer:

"The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico" (Saturday afternoon) is a member of that strange breed of film, the mockumentary. It's a Canadian film telling the putative adventures of a talented country and western singer-songwriter whose career is beset by his fondness of intoxicants and his tendancy to fall off things even when sober. What makes elevates this movie's relatively humdrum story is the stream of major stars including Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, and Phil Kaufman, who are all quite happy to talk at length about Terrifico. Merle Haggard describes Terrifico as a "Great musician, but a turd of a person."

"Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul" (screening Friday and Saturday) doesn't seem promising on it's face, but I found it quite fascinating. It's simply a travelogue prepared by a German musician who visited Istanbul once on tour and now keeps returning because of the music he finds there. Sitting on the border between Europe and Asia the city is a musical melting pot. He finds asian fusion jazz, whirling dervishes, Istanbul punk, and a mesmerizingly fast teenager rapping in Turkish.

I am still trying to plan out the weekend. "Man Push Cart" (screening Friday and Sunday,) the story of a Pakistani street vendor working in Manhattan has appeal, particularly because the lead actor Ahmad Razvi will be at the show.

What else appeals to you?

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