Best Use of Footage in a Music Production 2019

Here are the nominees for our Best Use of Footage in a Music Production. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Awards Ceremony on June 20th.

The Best Use of Footage in a Music Production award is kindly sponsored by Framepool.

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

The uncompromising vision of German Jewish refugees, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, who founded the iconic Blue Note record label in 1939 led to a Jazz revolution and left an indelible imprint on art and music. Through rare archive, current recording sessions and conversations with influential Blue Note musicians of different generations, the film reveals an inspiring quest still vital in today’s political climate.

Production Company: Eagle Rock Entertainment, Mira Film
Archive Researchers: Laura Coxson
Director: Sophie Huber
Producers: Hercli Bundi, Chiemi Karasawa, Susanne Guggenberger, Sophie Huber
Archival Sources Include: Blue Note Records/Universal Music Enterprises, Prelinger Archive, The Pacifica Radio Archives, Blue Note Records Archive, Archive Michael Cuscuna, Samantha Whitehead

John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky

Above Us Only Skyis the untold story of John Lennon’s album Imaginereleased in 1971. The underlying message was one of radical engagement as relevant today as ever. This film reveals the depth of the creative collaboration between John and Yoko and explores how the art, politics and music of the pair are intrinsically entwined.

Production Company: Eagle Rock Films
Archive Researchers: Melissa Morton-Hicks, Simon Hilton
Director: Michael Epstein
Producers: Peter Worsley
Archival Sources Include: Lenono, Rex Features, BBC, Kings World/CBS, Kinolibrary

Tap America: How a Nation Found its Feet

Clarke Peters explores the origins, development and modern significance of the great American vernacular art form he has loved since a child – Tap Dancing. Using a brilliantly rich tapestry of archive including the first ever soundless archive of tap dancing from the late 19th century, Peters explores the joy and cultural role of tap as a predominantly Afro-American tradition.

Production Company: BBC Studios, Music TV
Archive Researchers: Alexander Black
Director: David Upshal
Producers: Mark Cooper
Archival Sources Include: BBC, Smithsonian, Getty, Syncopated Ladies, British Pathé

Join us at the Awards Ceremony

The 2019 edition of the FOCAL Awards will celebrate all of the above nominations and more on June 20th 2019 at the Troxy in London. We’ll also be presenting filmmaker Julien Temple with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Whether you’re a nominee, an industry professional or just someone who loves archival film, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating this year’s achievements.
Early bird tickets are available until May 12th, and tickets include welcome drinks, a stylish 3 course meal, post-ceremony drinks and plenty of networking opportunities with nominees, curators, researchers and other industry professionals. We hope to see you there!

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