Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wheedles Groove ...Seattle's Sacred Soul of the 70's & 80's. #uff #piff2011

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival presents:

@PhilaIndie: Wheedles Groove ...Seattle's sacred Soul of the 70's & 80's.
::: Listen to music :::

Screening now at the Underground Film Forum #puff #uff ... #phila

Tonights Forum has concluded. Thank you for attending.

Year: 2009
Running time: 95 Minutes
Genres:Documentary, Music, Musical
Programs:Documentary Films, Face the Music, Northwest Connections
Language: English


Monday, August 16, 2010

The Brian Dennis Project ... Discussing the art of making art.

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival / Underground Film Forum

Documentary Feature: The Brian Dennis Project

Amy Leonard

Chronicling the creation, installation, and exhibition of an original piece of art, Joe'l Ludovich and Katherine Sender's documentary The Brian Dennis Project relates the ups and downs experienced by an independent artist. When invited to create artwork for the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Brian Dennis begins a year-long undertaking - he designs an enormous structural piece that is meant to lean on the Art Alliance's staircase. However, creating a concept model proves to be merely the first step in a long process. Dennis must weather uncertainty, frustration, confrontation, and a good deal of elbow grease. But to Dennis, who dedicates his life to art, all of the stress is worth it when the piece is complete and opening night rolls around.

The Brian Dennis Project features simple documentary style shooting and editing, capturing the impromptu essence of Dennis's artistic process. Because of the minimalist style of the film, the raw emotions that surface at each stage of Dennis's journey shine through, allowing viewers to vicariously experience the art making process. Though the process is frequently hampered by a number of setbacks, the excitement and sense of accomplishment at the creation of the piece can be thoroughly felt.

A simple yet heartfelt documentary, The Brian Dennis Project offers a holistic glimpse at the struggles and joys of being an artist.

Thank you to the Philadelphia Art Alliance.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Wed night #uff blog post going up soon ...

C U in the studio...

Update: 08 08 2010:
Posted - underground film forum blog

Update: 08 25 2010:
Brian Dennis Project
Hockey Mom
have been moved to pre-post status.

Thanks again.


Philadelphia Film Maker Michael Ryan Lawrence - Jack in the Box

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival / Underground Film Forum

Philadelphia Film Maker Michael Ryan Lawrence - Jack in the Box
Short (30 mins)


Monday, August 2, 2010

Wheedle's Groove by Jennifer Maas (Documentary). Philadelphia Independent Film Festival review.

Posted: Underground Film Forum / Philadelphia Independent Film festival

Amy Leonard

Screening -
Title: Wheedle's Groove (Feature)
Director: Jennifer Mass
Movie (IMDB) Site: Wheedle's Groove

With interviews, footage, and recordings chronicling the music scene in Seattle from the 1960's through today, Jennifer Maas's documentary Wheedle's Groove provides and in-depth look at black music in the Pacific Northwest. The documentary discusses the scene as a whole, but focuses on groups such as The Black and White Affair, Cookin' Bag, and several others. Despite the obvious talent and drive found in these groups, none of them made it big due to a number of factors - race, politics, location, and luck. However, their records live on, and many of the former members continue to perform and make music today.

Heavily influenced and intertwined with politics, segregation, and race, much of the 60's and 70's black music was rife with political and social commentary. Due to a lack of radio outlets and venues for black musical groups, their music stayed relatively hidden beneath more prominent white bands. White clubs refused to allow black bands to play at their establishments, and white radio stations turned many black artists away - all while hiring similar-sounding white groups. However, several commercial success stories from Seattle (such as Quincy Jones) fueled the ambitions of black groups. Despite their inability to break into a larger market, these bands hold a valuable place in musical history - and in the record collections of music enthusiasts.

Wheedle's Groove sheds light on a musical movement that took place while the world had their eyes and ears elsewhere. What this soulful music lacks in popularity and prominence, it makes up for in attitude and spirit.

RT: 82:00 min
Language: English