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Musicwood2012

  • 4.2
For hundreds of years, the acoustic guitar has been manufactured from the same high-quality Spruce tree. Today, due to a logging practice known as clear-cutting, this tree is on the brink of disappearing, taking with it, this historic musical instrument. In this captivating, beautifully shot documentary, owners of the top guitar makers unite with Greenpeace and travel to the largest forest in the US to meet with Native American landowners in the hope of finding a sustainable solution. The film follows their journey, including Bob Taylor of Taylor guitars, Chris Martin of Martin Guitars and Dave Berryman of Gibson Guitars to Southeast Alaska, into a lush primeval rainforest, where they witness the controversial logging practices firsthand. But their expectations are upended when they discover the corporation responsible for the logging is owned Native American-owned. Featuring beautiful performances from acoustic virtuosos such as Kaki King, Yo La Tengo, The Antlers, and Steve Earle, MUSICWOOD thrusts us into the heart of a debate over natural resources and the environment, over indigenous rights and age-old land disputes, and the existence of an iconic musical instrument hangs in the balance.

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I build musical instruments for a living, so this is right up my alley. I had such high hopes for this film, but it did not live up to my expectations. It could have been so much more dramatic. It is not a bad film, just less than I hoped for. The music was rather lame. I wish I had consulted. My ego thinks that, at least.