Library Events

Diversity in Show Business

Diversity in Show Business: Acting Beyond Stereotypes April 5th 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm 150 Mass Ave, Media Center   Successful monolgue preparation for actors of all types This two-hour workshop offers practical tools for preparing audition monologues for actors. Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory students are encouraged to attend. Pre-selected students will prepare and present a memorized two to three minute contemporary dramatic or comedic monologue. Participants will receive feedback from Associate Professor Ana Guigui and Assistant Professor Rene Pfister regarding the audition process, and how to select the best monologue. Our guest moderator Susan Nelson is the Executive Director of the New England Local of SAG-AFTRA, and will be joined by local professional performers to discuss the topic of actors playing into a stereotype or acting against it. Ms. Nelson will moderate an open conversation and Q&A with our actors, panelists, and audience members about various aspects of diversity in show business. Please come and join the conversation!  Diversity/ Monolgue library resource guide. This event is co-sponsored by the Stan Getz Library and Berklee Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Speaking in Code is an intimate account of people who are completely lost in music. A heartbreaking and lighthearted documentary, it's a vérité glimpse into the world of techno. Captivating and entertaining, the film takes you around the world, following the people who make electronic music, their lives. Thursday February 24, 6:00 p.m. 150 Massachusetts Ave, Media Lab.             with special guests David Day and Amy Grill Watch this documentary by requesting DVD 4100 from the Media Center.​  
National Guitar (with Dan Bowden & Ralph Rosen)​ Bottleneck Blues (with Dan Bowden & Ralph Rosen) Blues Harmonica (with Dan Bowden & Ralph Rosen)​  
Back Vocals documentary screening
This film is an intelligent exploration of the detailed Iranian rules that forbid women to sing solo in public. The director visits producers, singers and composers, who all try to maintain their artistic integrity within the limits of the law – even if it sometimes can be hard to know what those limits are. Watch this documentary by requesting DVD 4633 from the Media Center.​
Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money. This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than 30 years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyrig...
After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol is taking the nation by storm. Millions are watching the TV series Afghan Star and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. But this is more than just a TV show. In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation? Join the library for this breathtaking look into...
Heavy Metal in Baghdad
Heavy Metal in Baghdad is a feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult (if not impossible) proposition but after Saddam’s regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible. That hope was quickly dashed as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. From 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their hea...
A clinic that will tickle your tongue and delight your ears, featuring Ralph Rosen, Kenwood Dennard, and Steve Foxx on harmonica, jaw harp, and beatbox. A unique experience that will push the boundaries of percussion possibilities--not to to be missed!
Icons Among Us
A screening of the documentary film Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, to be followed by a panel Q&A with special guests Anat Cohen '98, Greg Osby, codirector/cinematographer Lars Larson, and associate producer/production manager B. Dahlia from Paradigm Studios in Seattle. Watch this documentary by requesting DVD 4014-4017 from the Media Center.​
What can a group of musicians really do when they are moved by a global crisis such as people trafficking? This documentary follows the actions and hearts of musicians as they band together for a cause. Featuring Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five for Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, and Rocco Deluca. Watch this documentary by requesting DVD 4085 from the Media Center.
Join the library for a screening of a concert filmed live at the Aquarius Theater in Los Angeles in 1986 starring Bobby McFerrin. Watch this documentary by requesting DVD 1358 from the Media Center.