Chinese Rock and Movies At NXNE
Alongside panel discussions on how bands can grind the best use out of their myspace, the NXNE organisers put on a sequence of movies related to the industry over at the Toronto Film Board Building. Kevin Fritz’s Wasted Orient was a quick paced look into disaffected youth in modern China, going on the road with Joyside the director documents the Chinese punk scene in all its drunken apathy as it turns its back on society with anthems like “Johnny Rotten” and “I Want Beer” that celebrate a nihilism born out of a hunger for western culture. Rock and roll as they described it is an “addiction to chaos,” most of this hour long flick was spent in pursuit of getting trashed with all the skills of four Chinese Pete Dohertys.
Don Lett’s George Clinton: Tales of Dr. Funkenstein used people influenced by the king of funkedelic like Macy Grey, Andre 3000 and some dude from Digital Underground to look at how that mothership of funk landed and a movement grew from barber shop quartets to mass funk freakouts of 70 or more contributers. Reaching well back, the best movie of the sequence had to be Living the Blues – an intimate portrait of a group of elderly blues musicians that remembers the racism and poverty of their depression era youth, the very period when they first got the blues as a “teller of truths.”
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