The feature documentary “BEYOND IPANEMA: Brazilian Waves In Global Music” is a mash-up of ideas about the cycle of discovery of Brazilian music around the world. Through exclusive interviews with David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A., Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation, Bebel Gilberto, CSS, Creed Taylor and many others, BEYOND PANEMA surveys the Brazilian music experience from Carmen Miranda through today. Artists, producers, DJs and critics analyze how cultural sampling and globalization; have helped Brazil to secure a unique position in modern global culture. Written and co-produced by Béco Dranoff and director Guto Barra.
BEYOND IPANEMA: Brazilian Waves In Global Music was adapted to the television in a partnership with CANAL BRASIL. This series of 13 episodes includes exclusive unseen footage and interviews with all the artists involved on the project.
BEYOND IPANEMA + CANAL BRASIL Featured Episode: The influence of Brazilian Music in Japan
“For the film Next Stop Wonderland, director Brad Anderson hit upon the idea of using Brazilian music to color the background of a searching-for-love tale. So this soundtrack album combines original music by Claudio Ragazzi with new recordings of the standards by Bebel Gilberto and Vinicius Cantuariaand various scraps, often obscure ones, from PolyGram's vast Brazilian holdings.”
“HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.”
Red Hot + Rio is a contemporary tribute to the Bossa Nova sounds that has seduced people around the globe for decades, in particular the music of the great composer and arranger Antonio Carlos Jobim. This transcontinental pop record puts a modern spin on the magical ambiance and music that was Ipanema in the 60’s.