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The Archive

by Sean Dunne

Premiere Date: August 17, 2010


This is the story of a man and his records. Paul Mawhinney has amassed what has become the world's largest record collection. (7 minutes)

Life. Support. Music.

by Eric Daniel Metzgar

Premiere Date: July 7, 2009


When a guitarist suffers a brain hemorrhage onstage, doctors doubt he will emerge from a coma. The story of a family's astonishing struggle in the face of tragedy. (90 minutes)

Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music

by Robert Elfstrom

Premiere Date: August 5, 2008

Encore Broadcast: August 4, 2009


Fresh on the heels of his Folsom Prison album, Cash revealed the dark intensity and raw talent that made him a country music star and cultural icon. (90 minutes)

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

by Banker White and Zach Niles

Premiere Date: June 27, 2007


Traumatized by physical injuries and brutal losses in Sierra Leone's civil war, a group of refugees fight back with the only means they have — music.

Lomax the Songhunter

by Rogier Kappers

Premiere Date: August 22, 2006

Encore Broadcast: September 2, 2008


Alan Lomax was "the song hunter," devoting his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry. (90 minutes)

Corpus

by Lourdes Portillo

Premiere Date: July 13, 1999


Tejana singer Selena was on the brink of blockbuster crossover fame when her murder at age 23 catapulted her into mainstream celebrity. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo gazes beyond the tabloids and points a sensitive lens on the cultural sensation that emerged around Selena's life and death. (54 minutes)

Plena Is Work, Plena Is Song

by Pedro Rivera, Susan Zeig

Premiere Date: June 25, 1991


"Plena" is in Puerto Rico what the blues are in the U.S.: a musical expression abounding with romance, daily news and personal sagas. As the Puerto Rican community grows on the mainland, the infectious rhythms of Puerto Rico's most original contribution to Caribbean urban music are celebrated with gusto.

Larry Wright

by Ari Marcopoulos and Maja Zrnic

Premiere Date: July 10, 1990


With a subway platform as his stage and a plastic can as his instrument, 14-year-old Larry Wright is a self-taught drummer with astonishing talent. Larry Wright is a rousing tribute to the Harlem youth and the rich culture of the urban streets.

Louie Bluie

by Terry Zwigoff

Premiere Date: August 23, 1988


A lively portrait of 76-year-old Harold "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, musician, artist, raconteur and rogue.