Leonard Bernstein Was Unemployed, Then His Dream Came True

By Gregory Crofton At 25, after bumping around New York City without a consistently paying job, Leonard Bernstein got a call from “God.” Really it was a conductor named Artur Rodziński on the phone, and he told a young Bernstein…

Empathizing with Genius: New Doc ‘Long Promised Road’ Puts Together the Pieces of Brian Wilson

By Gregory Crofton Opening night of the 52nd Nashville Film Festival was a blast as a large group of certifiable film freaks defied the dangers of COVID-19 to meet up in person and watch “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road.” This…

Lost Tapes of ‘Studio 17’ deliver unheard reggae music from legendary artists

By Gregory Crofton In the heart of Kingston, Jamaica, reggae took root above Randy’s Record Mart. In the late 1950s, a second-hand record store owned by Vincent “Randy” Chin became a “watering hole” for musicians and songwriters. Chin had gotten…

‘HOLY HELL’: Feels like a Hollywood Feature, But it’s Really a Great Documentary

By Gregory Crofton You may think you’ve seen a documentary that reveals what it’s like inside a cult, but you’ve never seen one like this. It was made from the inside out. Its director, William Francesco Allen, was once the…

Anthony ‘WEINER’ has Balls, That’s the Problem

By Gregory Crofton In WEINER, a documentary that recently screened at the Nashville Film Festival, Anthony Weiner, a congressman who resigned his seat because of a sexting scandal, runs for mayor of New York City — a job that’s always…

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