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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Athens Cine' Hosts Two New Music Documentaries


The Athens Cine’ is known for showing popular indie films and issue-pressing documentaries and in the next few weeks the art house will be showing two eagerly anticipated documentaries: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte’s Soul Power and Davis Guggenheim’s It Might Get Loud.

Soul Power will be released September 18-24 and stars soul music icons such as the late James Brown, Celia Cruz and B.B. King (who will be making his way to Athens on October 2 at the Classic Center).

The film revolves around a 3-day festival held in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1974. The documentary features rare and electrifying performances from James Brown and The Spinners.

If rock is more palatable to your tastes then It Might Get Loud, a film by the director of 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth, might be just what you’re looking for. Guggenheim’s documentary takes you into the lives of three of rocks greatest guitarists: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge and The White Stripes’ Jack White.

The film focuses on each artist’s musical journey while comparing and contrasting each of their different styles and influences. After all, each guitarist comes from very different backgrounds and the music that results is a defining aspect of each musician’s life and experiences. It Might Get Loud opens in October.

Whether you’re looking for a blast from the past in the form of a 1974 soul concert or looking for insight into your favorite guitarist, the Athens Cine’ can offer you a healthy helping of musical documentaries. Go and support your local art house cinema, and enjoy the show!

- Jessica Cole

Currently Listening to: “Tight Like That” by Louie Armstrong

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