David Bowie: Finding Fame. This new BBC produced Showtime documentary covers Bowie’s formative years in the late 60s to the end of his run as Ziggy Stardust. With the aid of archival interviews, Bowie tells his own story as he navigates through various musical and fashion styles before achieving his commercial breakthrough with such hits as ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Changes’ and, the game changing album The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. The doc also includes new interviews with early collaborators along with never been seen footage that showcases his various adaptations and transformations. It’s a great new look into the evolution of a rock n roll iconoclast. David Bowie: Finding Fame premieres this weekend on Showtime. You can also go to www.sho.com for more information.
New York City : What’s Goin’ On @ Celebrate Brooklyn. Released in 1971, Marvin Gaye’s album ‘What’s Goin’ On’ put Motown firmly into the growing album market and cemented Gaye’s status as a musical giant. With songs that centered on war, the ecology, religion and social upheaval, it showed how soul music can be also be a powerful medium to address such vital issues. Nearly 50 years after it’s release, former Late Show With David Letterman guitarist and vocalist has assembled an all-star, all-lady Band to perform Gaye’s seminal work from start to finish, showing how the central themes that were addressed in 1971 are just as relevant in 2019. It’s a great new spin on a timeless classic. What’s Goin On will be at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival on Friday, August 9th. You can also go to www.bricartsmedia.org for more information.
New York City: Another Country: Outsider Visions Of America. Some of the best cinematic interpretations of life within the United States have been made by those not born within its borders. This new Film at Lincoln Center series showcases everything from period pieces (‘The House Of Mirth’), revisionist road films (‘Paris, Texas’), avant-garde social commentaries (‘Dogville’) and straight up camp (‘Showgirls’). There will also be short films, documentaries and a number of post screening Q&As featuring some of the directors. It’s a cool way to see the America through a different mindset and perspective. Another Country: Outsider Visions Of America will be at the Film at Lincoln Center through August 14th. You can also go to www.filmlinc.org for tickets, a complete schedule and more information.
New York City: The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. A summer night in New York City’s most beloved park just got better with the return of this three day film festival. It will kick off with Back To The Future on August 13th; followed by two Academy Award-winning films: Moonstruck starring Cher and the mega-hit Black Panther. Arrive early, bring a blanket and be prepared to have a great night out in the greatest city in the world. The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival runs August 13th through the 15th. You can also go to www.centralparknyc.org for more information.
Los Angeles: Apocalypse Now: Final Cut. Francis Ford Coppola rounded out his startling run of films in the 1970s with this Vietnam War epic. With a cast that included Martin Sheen, Robert DuVall, Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Frederick Forrest and a still teenage Laurence Fishburne, the film would be nominated for 8 Academy Awards and win three Golden Globes. After releasing an extended cut in 2001, Coppola has now releasing what he considers to be his finest cut of the film to date. It will premiere this Monday at The Dome Entertainment Centre in Los Angeles with Coppola and Fishburne scheduled to be part of a post screening Q&A. Running just over 3 hours and is fully restored to 4K using the original camera negative, Coppola’s story of an Army captain (Sheen)’s dark ride through Vietnam and Cambodia to take out a rouge Colonel (Brando) has never looked and sounded better and begs to be seen on a big screen. An extraordinary opportunity to see the work of a master filmmaker. Apocalypse Now: Final Cut will be at The Dome Entertainment Centre in Los Angeles On August 12th. You can also go to www.apocalypsenowfinalcut.com for more more information.