Festival Film Born in the USA

jay-z made in america

Jay-Z and Richie Cunningham. Nope, Jay-Z isn’t ditching Kanye as a regular collab partner, nor Queen Bey for a sordid romantic endeavour.

Instead, the world’s biggest rap star Shawn Carter and Hollywood director – and former ‘Happy Day’-er – Ron Howard, are bringing last year’s Showtime documentary to DVD. Spotlighting Mr Carter’s Made in America festival, the film is definitely worth a watch for any music fan, documenting the development and realisation of the first festival in Philadelphia in 2012.

Now in its third year (and with an increasingly impressive line-up across Philly and L.A. each year, see pic below), the doc does well to showcase some strong live snippets from the festival’s impressive melting pot of acts; from Janelle Monae to Pearl Jam, right back to The Hives, Miike Snow, Jay himself and everyone in between… it really does look like good fun, maybe less of a novelty for us festival-fatigued Brits, but the interviews reveal the well-intentioned ethos and love of music that has made the event happen year on year.

Check out my ‘Made in America’ review online at The Music Fix right now. ūüôā

2014 made in america lineup

The Nature of Geekdom

When Björk Met Attenborough

Does anything more need to be said following a picture like that?! In a display of ‘Possibly Maybe’ the geekiest meeting of minds ever, Bj√∂rk will chat the shit with Sir David Attenborough in tonight’s C4 doc ‘When Bj√∂rk Met Attenborough: The Nature of Music’.

Following 2011’s nature-inspired album ‘Biophilia’,¬†the¬†Icelandic swan-wearing pixie who sang ‘Human Behaviour’ will join Sir Dave, he who seemingly knows all about the behaviours of every non-human species. It promises to be an oddball geek treat, so make sure you catch it at 7pm.

Personally, I’m looking forward to Lady Gaga talking cosmology with Professor Brian Cox. Make it happen?

Woody for Woody

woody allen
Shalom to all nerds bred on Woody Allen’s bespectacled brand of nuanced idiosyncrasy and self-flagellating funnies. Our favourite Jew of them all is the subject of not one, but TWO documentaries on the BBC.

Catch part one of ‘Imagine – Woody Allen: A Documentary’ tonight on Aunty Beeb, with a second instalment following it tomorrow. Expect lots of chat about his beloved New York, jazz, his public persona and – of course! – the films themselves. Following his 2012 Oscar win for the script of ‘Midnight in Paris’, the man’s expansive filmography is back on track and exploring his favourite themes in fresh ways and in new locales. The trailer for the upcoming ‘Blue Jasmine’, starring Galadriel herself Cate Blanchett, shows he’s the geek gift that keeps on giving: