Film about Northern Soul in the UK: Souled Out Trailer

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With the influx of blue-eyed soul coming out of the UK in the past decade (from Winehouse to Duffy to our lady Alice Russell), one has to question where these deep, obviously soul-influenced voices came from. Hint: watch this video to see what their parents were doing in the mid-seventies. This is a trailer for the soon-to-be-released movie, Souled Out (aka Soulboy), and it’s about UK’s Northern Soul scene and the famous Wigan Casino dance club. After the jump, check out a vintage video of the real thing: dancing at the Wigan Casino crica 1975.

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The Book Of Eli: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack w/ Music by Atticus Ross

artAtticus Ross, the Grammy-nominated producer and musician has written his first feature film score for the Hughes Brothers’ much-anticipated post-apocalyptic adventure, The Book of Eli. Atticus has previously collaborated with Trent Reznor on four Nine Inch Nails albums and produced the Perry Farrell single “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)” for the hit film Twilight.

Ross’ music is a unique hybrid score of electronic and organic elements; writing with his wife (Claudia Sarne) and brother (Leopold Ross), the basic tracks were recorded at his studio in Los Angeles before departing to London where it was finished in Abbey Road Studios with a full 80-piece orchestra. The soundtrack was released as a standard CD, a deluxe version featuring three bonus tracks, and an exclusive iTunes package featuring a remix of “Panoramic” by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

Check out the various Soundtrack packages here: bookofelimusic.com

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Fela Kuti Film in the Works

fela-kutiFela! the musical and Knitting Factory reissues have stirred up new interest in the legendary Afrobeat star, and now Focus Features has announced plans for a Fela movie.

Steve McQueen is signed on to direct, and the script will be written by Biyi Bandele, based on Michael Veal‘s book Fela: The Life and Times of An African Musical Icon.

 

 

The first of the Knitting Factory reissue series, The Best of the Black President, is now available from Fela.net in a variety of formats, including special edition packages with extras like downloads, video files, a DVD and more. The deluxe package with Fela T shirt and poster would make a cool holiday gift for your loved ones!

Robert Kramer’s Masterpiece Milestones Plays This Weekend At The Anthology Film Archives

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Thirty years before Sacha Baron Cohen cat-walked the thin line between documentary and fiction in the name of comedy, the great radical filmmaker Robert Kramer — with co-director John Douglas — interwove the two modes to deliver his 1975 masterpiece Milestones, in the name of the revolutionary ideals of the late 1960′s. Showing as part of his eight-title retrospective this weekend at Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY), “Milestones is as carefully arranged as a piece of music. …[U]sing images, emotions and, most frequently, words as themes, it bursts with unexpected life.” (Vincent Canby, New York Times).

“The Films of Robert Kramer” runs July 17–23 at Anthology Film Archives.

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Soul Power Featuring James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King and more, Opens in NYC & LA

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Soul Power, a documentary by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, depicts the legendary music festival in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 which sprouted from the excitement surrounding the epic fight between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman. The award-winning film features original footage of performances by James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, The Spinners, Celia Cruz & The Fania All-Stars, and many more…