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    Iron in the Soul: The Haiti Documentary Films of Leah GordonSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records/Films presents Iron in the Soul, a stunning new DVD collection of documentary films about the world of Haiti – Vodou, art & culture by filmmaker and photographer Leah Gordon.

    Gordon’s photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published by Soul Jazz Records/Books in 2010. Her stunning photographs also feature on a number of Soul Jazz Records releases including Spirits of Life; Haitian Vodou and Rara in Haiti.

    Leah Gordon is co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, curator of the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale & co-curator of ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ show in 2012 at the Fowler Museum, UCLA.

    This DVD is a collection of her three documentaries about Haitian art, music and culture made over an 11-year period.

    A Pig’s Tale (52 min)

    A feature-length documentary linking Haitian pigs, Vodou and North American economic imperialism, commissioned for Channel 4.

    Atis Rezistans: The Sculptors of Grand Rue (32 min)

    Contemporary Haitian artists Celeur, Eugène, Claude and Guyodo all grew up in Port au Prince. Their work references their shared African and Haitian cultural heritage and a dystopian sci-fi view of the future.

    A multi-layered film, a portrait of a neighbourhood materially poor but culturally rich, and a meditation on the links between sex, death and creativity as expressed through the Vodou spirit Gede, who influences all their work.  

    Bounda pa Bounda: A Drag Zaka (20 min)

    A documentary about Bounda pa Bounda (Cheek by Arse), a character from Jacmel carnival, who dresses in drag inside a sacred Vodou altar space before going onto the streets with his rara music group.

    Documentary/Rating exempt

    Region Free  

    NTSC/PAL dual disc

    Watch trailer for Bounda pa Bounda: A Drag Zaka here:


      135 Grand Street, New York, 1979DVD - Dir. by Ericka BeckmanSoul Jazz Records

      Available now on DVD (and separate bargain-priced CD soundtrack with bonus tracks).

      “135 Grand Street, New York, 1979 is invaluable. No Wave music and cinema didn’t just share a name. They were perhaps more intimately related than any other concurrent movements in the history of those two media.”

      “Ericka Beckman’s film finds these ensembles deconstructing rock with unpretentious vitality and uncompromised vision. … Remarkably kinetic performances.” Marc Masters (Author of ‘No Wave’) THE WIRE

      Ericka Beckman’s film captures the driving energy and posturing of early No Wave bands’ performing live in a sparse downtown loft. Featured bands include Theoretical Girls, UT, A Band, Rhys Chatham, Chinese Puzzle, The Static, Morales, Youth in Asia, Morales, Steven Piccolo and Jill Kroesen.

      ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is a unique film capturing both the aural and visual aesthetics of New York’s No Wave scene in its ascendant. Punk rock and non-musicianship fight it out with art world attitude. Garage band line-ups in varying degrees of musical destruction sit alongside post-everything poetry and experimental noise terrorists. Ericka Beckman’s film matches the rawness, minimalism and radicalism of the music - a fitting document and visual statement of new forms created out of New York’s anti-everything musical nihilism, circa 1979.

      ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is history. It includes the only known footage of the Theoretical Girls, The Static and a number of other No Wave bands of the period. This is a film about bands filled with painters, filmmakers, actors - and occasionally musicians - thriving and thrashing in the pulsating, vibrant post-punk world of New York where high art met low culture, where Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Wharton Tiers, Taro Suzuki and the others featured here made the connections between John Cage and Joey Ramone, between the questioning of art and ? and the Mysterians.

      The film is currently showing as part of Sonic Youth’s ‘Sensational Fix’ touring art exhibition as well as being screened before Glenn Branca’s most recent shows in New York City (Sep 2009).

      "If you wanna see what the Soho side of No Wave looked like this is the only place you're ever gonna find it" Glenn Branca

      • Theoretical Girls – Glazened Eyes
      • Theoretical Girls – Contrary Motion
      • Ut – Sharp's Loose
      • A Band – Sand and Sea
      • A Band – Mirror, Mirror
      • Rhys Chatham – Guitar Trio
      • Chinese Puzzle – Great Wall Of Prague
      • The Static – Spectacular Commodity
      • The Static – My Relationship (CD only bonus track)
      • Morales – Gay Girl In a Gay Bar
      • Youth in Asia – Talking Heads pt.1
      • Youth in Asia – Amnesia
      • Steve Piccolo – Superior Genes
      • Steve Piccolo – It's Hard to Be in Love in Times Like These (CD only bonus track)
      • Jill Kroesen – Fay Shism Blues (CD only bonus track)
      Dub Echoes DVD (2009)Directed by Bruno Natal

      'Dub Echoes' DVD out now on Soul Jazz Records!!!!!! 'Dub Echoes' is a newly produced film about Dub, featuring an incredible array of artists, both original Jamaican artists - U Roy, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Sly Dunbar, Bunny Lee (to name a few), alongside a similarly awe-inspiring array of artists who have been taken Dub into new directions in electronic dance music - Kode9, Roots Manuva, Howie B, Adrian Sherwood and many more. Directed by Bruno Natal over a three year period, this is a killer film to be watched over and over again! covering Dub in all its different guises. The DVD comes with loads of extra features, dub mixes and more. Essential!

      NB. REGION FREE DOUBLE-SIDED PAL/NTSC COMPATIBLE !!!

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