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…

‘SAVING BANKSY’: Good Documentary on Street Art but it Lacks Female Perspective

By Shelly Winifred Barger SAVING BANKSY, a documentary that screened last week as part of the Nashville Film Festival, delivers insightful dialogue that challenges attitudes around the interplay of art and ownership. Street art is a fantastic vehicle that explodes…

‘Live from New York!’: Laughs … and Saturday Night Live

By Gregory Crofton Not often are you lucky enough to see John Prine at a film festival, but that happened at the sold-out “Live from New York!” at the Nashville Film Festival. Prine, a singer-songwriter known for hits like “Sam…

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