A common failure amongst short films is trying to pass off a well written first act as a completed piece with an enigmatic ending. Case in point, 'Therefore I Am'. Well executed with an enticing concept that develops and then abruptly ends because the filmmakers ran out of money and/or ideas. Shame.
I have an interest in UK Grime music and it's (relatively short) history, but it's so London-centric that it's hard to penetrate. Like UK Garage, it desperately needs some feature length documentaries of this caliber to allow a wider audiences the to see the power and cultural influence this scene has. A 25 short for UK television is a minimum that can be offered, and I'm grateful for it, but I wanted more.
'I'm Tryna Tell Ya' is a documentary of Chicago's Teklife Crew, a loose coalition of producers and dancers that make and perform heavily syncopated, sample heavy, 160bpm club music known as both footwork or juke music. Although the rest of the world first got a taste of this style of music around 2010, it has a much longer history in it's native Chi-town, being the latest in a long lineage of club music styles to originate from the area.
An exceptional documentary on one of the most pivotal bands in modern music, Kraftwerk. I'm watching a lot of documentaries on different electronic bands and musical genres right now. Most are amateurish and full of hype, failing to function as little more than content-less ego trips or audio-visual stuffing for press kits.
Kraftwerk and The Electronic Revolution thankfully sidesteps many of these pitfalls by contextualizing the importance of it's subject. A great deal of time is spent overviewing the Krautrock…