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Musicwood (2013)

Opened: 08/09/2013 Limited

Portland, OR08/09/2013 - 08/15/20137 days
Quad Cinema/NYC11/01/2013 - 11/14/201314 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

For hundreds of years guitars have been made the same way, but now, this could all change.


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.

The film begins with a startling revelation: a Native American corporation is logging their own homeland -- clear-cutting enormous tracts of forest. If this logging doesn't change, they will run out of acoustic-guitar quality Spruce in less than ten years.

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.