Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 31, 2012.

Update #7

Summer of Music Punch List


Thanks again so much to everyone for all the Kickstarter support
and love! We are so appreciative. So Bobbito Garcia and Kevin
Couliau’s Doin It In the Park is set for July 14th at Rucker Park, (after
the Rucker Tournament!), like we’ve already announced. Once in a
lifetime. Beyond that, below is a working punch list of the some of
the other films we will be showing out in Harlem’s parks for free this
summer. Whatever we don’t show outdoors you can catch at the
cinema down the road, so no worries. We are pursuing these films
either way, as they are all very fine documentaries.

Thank you,
Jessica Green
Maysles Cinema

Calypso Rose – The Lioness of the Jungle
An intimate portrait about the “Grande Dame” of Calypso as well
as a road movie. This movie takes you from Trinidad and Tobago
to New York, Paris, all the way to Africa. Along the way, Calypso
Rose reveals her personal story, her groundbreaking musical
achievements, her commitment to defend women´s rights, her faith,
her worries and fears and above all her strong love of life and people.

Hands to the Sky
As an exploration into outdoor house music parties, Hands to the
Sky delves deep into the world of summertime dance jams. From
the sweaty bodies on the dance floor to the hardworking promoters
behind the scenes to the DJs spinning music, this film take the
viewers on a journey into sound and vision that is as exciting for
house music aficionados as it is for newcomers to the scene.

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic
and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become
one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering
combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre
and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the
music industry and the nation. At the heart of the film's story is lead
singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how
they keep the band rolling out of pride, desperation and love for
their art. Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry
Farrell, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol
Bordello and ?uestlove. Narrated by Lawrence Fishburne. http://

Bury the Hatchet
The film follows the Mardi Gras Indians over five years, pre and post
Hurricane Katrina, and is an exploration of their struggles against
the police, violence amongst themselves, gentrification of their
neighborhoods, disinterested youth and natural disaster. With a
celebratory soundtrack of New Orleans music and additional scoring
by pianist George Winston, the film is an intimate entry into this often
hidden New Orleans experience. Musical artists include The Wild
Tchoupitoulas; Donald Harrison Jr.; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band;
Arvo Part; Jimmy Scott; Big Chief Alfred Doucette; Baby Dodds Trio;
Earnest Skipper; Young Guardians of the Flame; Big Chief Monk
Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles.

Bad Brains: A Band In DC

Bad Brains are one ofthe most important and influential American
bands still working today. They melded punk and reggae into an
innovative style thathas yet to be copied. Their impact and influence
can be heard in groups like Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Nirvana, Jane's
Addiction and countless more. Despite the troubles of an eccentric
front man they have stayed together for 30 years without ever reaching
the level of success so many think they deserve. Using rare archival
footage and original comic illustrations the film re-constructs Bad
Brains' rich and complicated history.

***And a surprise Albert Maysles music documentary to be announced if all goes according to plan!***

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