MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL presents
MDFF: Music Shorts / Masterclass
Theme: Charity Docs / Melbourne Stories / Masterclass
Date: 29th July 2019, Starts at 6pm
Venue: Backlot Cinemas, 65 Haig St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Title: Soul Island
Directed by: Sam Morton
Description: An in-depth look into the formation and influence behind one of Melbourne’s rising Soul / R’n’B bands: Nasty Mars & The Martians.
Title: Big Paradise
Directed by: JP Olsen and Kristen Nutile
Description: Robert Kidney has been a musical force since the 1970s. His group, The Numbers Band, celebrating its 47th year, have been praised by Rolling Stone's David Fricke and Greil Marcus and called "the greatest band I've ever seen" by Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. Despite years of praise by peers, the band remains obscure. ‘Big Paradise’ introduces film audiences to Kidney for the first time, revealing a powerful and complex person who lives and works in the shadow of the Midwestern decay.
Title: Somewhere In Their Heads
Directed by: Gregg Houston
Description: 'Somewhere In Their Heads' is a short documentary about the recording of Curse Of Lono's second album 'As I Fell'. Shot and edited by acclaimed music filmmaker Gregg Houston (Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Michael Kiwanuka, Foy Vance), 'Somewhere In Their Heads' follows Curse Of Lono as they record between London and a remote, desert studio in Joshua Tree, California. The film offers a unique glimpse into the recording process and the stories behind the songs, including deeply personal conversations about heroin addiction and the death of family members.
Title: There's A Hell Of A Racket Coming From Your House, Mrs. Wood
Directed by: Stuart Douglas
Description: A short documentary and conversation with legendary guitarist and contemporary artist, Ronnie Wood.
Title: The Gender Line
Directed by: T.J. Parsell
Description: ‘The Gender Line’ is about transgender rock star, CidnyBullens (formerly Cindy Bullens) who once sang in Elton John's band. Cidny is fortunate to have been both a wife and husband in the same lifetime. He reflects on having lived both sides of the gender line.
Title: The Velvet Underground Played at My High School
Directed by: Robert Pietri and Anthony Jannelli
Description: An animated short about the Velvet Underground's first gig in 1965 in front of a crowd of shocked kids at a suburban New Jersey High School.
Title: KISS vs MCZ
Breakthrough Filmmaker Award at Newcastle IFF
Directed by: Toru Tokikawa
Description: A fascinating documentary about two different cultures meeting through the power of music: legendary Rock band KISS vs. Japanese pop mega-star girls band Momoiro Clover Z (MCZ).