Musicwood

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Film Screening & DiscussionSaturday March 8, 2014 - 7-9pm/School of Rock, Oak Park 219 Lake St, Oak Park/$5 Tickets

Directed By - Maxine Trump/2012/80 minutes

Musicwood is an adventure-filled journey, a political thriller with music at its heart. An unusual band of the most famous guitar-makers in the world (Bob Taylor of Taylor guitars, Chris Martin of Martin Guitars and Dave Berryman of Gibson Guitars) travel together into the heart of one of the most primeval rainforests on the planet. Their mission: to negotiate with Native American loggers and change the way this forest is logged before it’s too late for acoustic guitars.

Dominic Frigo, a guitar and piano teacher and musician, along with Gary Cuneen, founder of Seven Generations Ahead, and Bruce and Erika Horigan, of Horigan Urban Forest Products, will be on hand to lead a lively post-film discussion.  Plus, enjoy a mini-concert and zero-waste refreshments. Musicwood is a culture clash of staggering proportions. Native Americans who’ve been given a notoriously raw deal from the US government are distrustful of the white man telling them what to do. Enter Greenpeace, a radical environmental group, and soon all are battling over a forest that is the last of its kind on the planet.

As the tug-of-war over natural resources unfolds, acoustic virtuosos such as Kaki King, Yo La Tengo, The Antlers, and Steve Earle offer some of the most profound insights in the form of a soundtrack, which doubles as the heartbeat of this debate.

For more information on the film, please visit the official documentary website

Musicwood Documentary - 2 min trailer from Helpman Productions on Vimeo.