Seven music documentary films have made the shortlist for the Best Documentary Award of the 2015 Doc’n Roll Festival. The winner will receive a cash prize and an official certificate of award.
The films competing for the Best Documentary title from this year’s festival program are: Mavis!, a soulful portrait of gospel singer and civil rights icon Mavis Staples; story of a 90s American alt-rock group Morphine: Journey of Dreams; exploration of musician, composer, writer, collector and Pink Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin – An Improvised Life; Shake The Dust, a film that chronicles the impact of breakdancing in some unexpected parts of the world; Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain which follows the band around on tour and visits neglected parts of the UK; the mysterious Theory of Obscurity: A film about The Residents, a rare glimpse in to the world of avant-garde music and multimedia collective The Residents; and We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo, a melting pot of funk, soul and Cuban influences brought together in 60’s New York City to define a generation.
Doc’n Roll will also present six music documentary shorts at this years festival. The program features Iranian short Uncle Essy – A day in the life of a music lover in Tehran about one of the oldest market stall holders in Tehran who is known for his unique music collection; McCrea 1971, the relatively unknown story of Louisiana’s forgotten rock festival; Simian Mobile Disco – WHORL, a cinematic journey with the electro-pioneers as they record their fifth album live; Brazilian doc This is a Saturday, All My Friends are Dead which follows experimental electro music group Digita as they tour South America; Wood & Wire: the Hand-Crafted Guitars of Creston Lea, a film for anyone interested in boutique electric instruments; and psychedelic garage rock comedy That Was Awesome – White Mystery.