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Playing For Change

Mark Johnson , Jonathan Walls  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Mark Johnson, Jonathan Walls
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starlight Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EGDAU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Playing For Change is a musical journey of discovery that celebrates the freedom and the lives of today's American street musicians. It focuses on three cities, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York and captures an array of musical styles and emotional human moments that would otherwise slip through the cracks of society. These musicians play with a passionate spirit, while defying the obstacles of unpredictable weather and financial uncertainties. All of the music was filmed LIVE on the streets and in the subways of the major cities. BONUS FEATURES: A Tribute to New Orleans Street Musicians / Trailers / Special Interviews (including Keb' Mo' and Robert M. Young) / Photo Gallery

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved in on Sundance channel.... November 5, 2006
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After seeing "Playing for Change" on the Sundance Channel I emailed the producer to find out when the DVD would be available...He took the time to reply and told me that it would be available soon and that if I could not find it, he would send me a copy....Well, I bought the audio CD first, enjoyed it thoroughly and purchased the DVD as soon as I found it was available on Amazon...Being a music and blues lover, and as someone who enjoys and values the talents of street musicians and their sheer love of their music, I found the various artists and their stories facinating...To see the sacrifices they make just so that they can continue their passion is inspiring...I particularly enjoyed the New Orleans segment as I have been to the Quarter several times and watched and listened to the artists portrayed in the film...I would recommend this DVD and the audio CD too to anyone who feels that the current trend in popular music is too manufactured, corporate, bland and uninspired...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful song coming up from the street May 15, 2006
Playing for Change showcases street musicians in New Orleans, California, and New York. These are people who literally pick up an instrument walk out into the street and start playing-sometimes alone , sometimes with a few friends. There is something really refreshing about that simplicity and I suppose that is the theme of the film. Every type of music is here - rock, jazz, blues, and folk, so this is a DVD for everybody. What makes the movie work is that it is wonderfully edited, allowing you to effortlessly move from muscician to musician, and from city to city.

In the end Playing For Change reminds us that these musicians are people, ordinary people,sharing their gift of music. It's a beautiful song coming up from the street, it's got a beautiful sound and a beautiful beat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! May 17, 2006
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PLAYING FOR CHANGE!! Musically enchanting, brilliantly directed, superbly edited! Truly a trip through a musical subculture that only those who live in certain cities are priveleged to enjoy! Playing For Change captures the souls of these dedicated American artists who seemingly live for their artistry and not just for economic gain-a refreshing change from the current norm.

To the directors- How about an international edition?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a star March 8, 2007
Hey that's me on the rollerskates and playing the horn. Thanks for allowing me the freedom to be a self acclaimed star showing the proof that it's not the disability but the ability that counts in life. The DVD is GREAT.
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I also wonder why this was discontinued. It would be a gift to the world if it was available again.
Dec 11, 2008 by Anna A Narbutovskih |  See all 8 posts
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