In-Edit Barcelona and Kickstarter partnered in 2019 to launch “In Progress”, an international call open to creators of musical documentaries seeking additional funding to complete their projects. The candidates, selected during 2020 and 2021, have received the support of Kickstarter and In-Edit to build and promote their campaigns.
The finalists were seven projects: four feature films and three short films that cover genres such as classical music or the latest rap, as well as electronica, rock and jazz.
The directors of these seven audio-visual pieces will present their projects and explain the phase they are at the In Progress section of the 19th In-Edit festival in Barcelona, which will be held from October 28 to November 7, 2021.
Some are be in a first phase of financing, others immersed in full production, and some are already finished. In this way, the audience can learn more about the ins and outs of producing a music documentary.
(Aaron Trinder, UK)
UK, 1990. The initial euphoria of acid house raves has waned after the government crackdown. The energy, creativity and promise of the Second Summer of Love meet head-on speculation from the movement and commercial parties that charge a 50-quid entry fee.
With the economic slump, the dream seems to be over … but all is not as it seems. A new underground emerges with a radical idea. Why not take these gatherings beyond weekend hedonism? Could the hierarchy between attendees and organizers be eliminated? Why not turn them into free parties?
Autonomous sound systems like that of the anarchist collective DIY from Nottingham (with its motto “Everyone is welcome”) or the secretive Spiral Tribe of London are beginning to emerge across the country.
(Cecilia Guardati and Ana González, Spain)
Pablo Hasél, a 33-year-old rapper, is a Spanish artist who has been sentenced to prison. The accusation: criticizing the monarchy and denouncing police violence through songs and Tweets.
The Supreme Court considers that Twitter, the social network on which he published personal opinions about Juan Carlos I, is “an ideal means to provoke violent reactions”, but many people – especially the artistic community – believe that Hasél is protected by freedom of expression. While the emeritus King, under investigation for possible tax crimes, enjoys free will, Hasél faces the inescapable fate of jail.
On January 28th, 2021, the Spanish courts ordered his immediate arrest and gave him 10 days to surrender. Hasél stood firm.
(Óscar Sueiro and Alex Salgado, Spain)
The 90s saw the birth of a socio-musical phenomenon that set the country on fire and of which there is hardly any audio-visual or written documentation. Catalonia takes the baton from the Valencian Route and throughout its territory there are endless macro-discotheques and after-hours clubs that program their own, indigenous sound, baptized as ‘Maquina’.
Fast-paced rhythms, mind-blowing gambling dens and a whole generation of young folks who set out to conquer the weekend, creating a powerful subculture completely devoted to the beat and the ecstatic celebration of dance. In the 90’s, the phenomenon overflows and takes a radical drift that incites repression from the highest places. After 30 years of remixes, press pandemonium and journalistic carnage, ‘Makina’ is still alive and kicking and it’s time to do it justice. Fasten your seat belts.
(Carla J. Easton and Blair Young, Scotland)
Why is it that when you say the word “band”, you tend to think of four or five white men, in the image of The Beatles or the Stones? Throughout the last century, the girl groups that have made it to the major labels can be counted on five fingers. Despite being considered culturally progressive, the commercial music industry mandates that women have to meet one of two conditions to be successful: be a solo artist, or be part of a pre-made vocal group.
Through five generations of Scottish girl bands, we meet a collective that shares ups and downs, anecdotes and achievements from their musical past and present.
(Yuji Moriwaki, Japan)
Minyo Crusades is a Tokyo-based band that mixes local folk music “Min-yo” from all over Japan with Latin and Afro flavours in unique arrangements.
The band was formed in 2011 by Katsumi Tanaka, a guitarist living in Fussa, and Freddy Tsukamoto, a minyo singer.
They are based in Fussa, western Tokyo, near a former U.S. military base, where legendary musicians Eiichi Otaki and Haruomi Hosono also used to live.
Their debut album was released in 2017 and became an underground hit in Japan before being released in Europe in 2019, leading to concert invitations to Europe, Australia and Colombia.
Minyo is Japanese traditional folk music, a genre now at a risk of extinction. For many Japanese, Minyo is “lost music.”
In this film, we take an up close and personal look at Minyo Crusaders, a group of musicians figuring out how to reconstruct Minyo, and the process of their attempt to “bring minyo back” to contemporary audiences.
(Albert Quer, Spain) - Short film
You could say that almost everything has already been said about Mozart: his precociousness, his energy, his unique vision and his eccentric style. It is precisely the latter that Quer addresses, in one of the most unknown facets of him. Eschatology was a very present part of the composer’s life and work, and that episode was hidden for many years in the first biographies of him.
Was Mozart a fetishist? This documentary explores one of the most unusual and curious facets of one of the most influential geniuses in musical history.
(Leonardo Garibello and Melissa De La Hoz, Colombia) - Short film
Jazz is another passenger on the ships that travelled the world during the first three decades of the 20th century. This is how it reaches the big cities, and the remote islands, and the ears of all social strata. Trumpets, pianos, saxophones and solos reached the Colombian Caribbean in the twenties, and were mixed with the coastal sound: cumbias, porros, fandangos. From New Orleans to Barranquilla, this documentary explores a cultural network of exchanges and influences that leads to a style with its own flavour and an unmistakably local stamp.
(Adriana Cordeiro, Turkey, Spain) - Short film
Was there a Turkish psychedelic scene? Of course. And there still is. This documentary rediscovers BaBa Zula, a band that drinks from Turkish psychedelic rock sixties, also labelled as Anatolian rock.
Active since 1996, BaBa Zula pioneered revisiting this musical style, adding local influences — Turkish scales and melodic structures and instruments such as the saz and davul — and thus creating a unique sound. We accompany the band on a musical journey through the streets and corners of the ancient capital of Constantinople.