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  • The Good Times Are Killing Me (trailer)

    The Good Times Are Killing Me (trailer)

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    Documentary about the rapidly fading Cajun culture in rural Louisiana. About half of the tape focuses on Nathan Abshire, “Mr. Accordion,” who performs traditional music with his band and talks about the old life. The other major focus of the tape is the celebration of Cajun Mardi Gras. Continue reading

  • The Whistling Show

    The Whistling Show

    Tape featuring performances and a few small interviews with contestants at the 1st International Whistle-Off in Carson City, Nevada. We learn that, oddly enough, whistling is actually a formally studied musical field. The contestants inform us that there are two types of professional whistling – classical and bird noises. Many whistlers earn money working for Disney doing bird noises for their movies, which are produced by human whistlers rather than recordings of birds. It is unclear what employment opportunities are present in the classical whistling industry. This profession seemed to involve whistling while accompanied by classical music on a tape recorder. In this tape, the primary focus is on the different whistling styles and the contest. Most of the tape is comprised of the performances at the event. Continue reading

  • Chicago Boys

    Chicago Boys

    In 1973, after dramatic political upheaval in Chile, the “Chicago Boys,” led by University of Chicago economics professor Milton Friedman, were given the chance to rebuild the country’s economy. They opted to turn Chile into an experiment with absolute free markets. This documentary examines the poor state of the country ten years afterwards. Continue reading