God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines is an informative, fascinating journey through musical evolution with the pioneers in techno who crafted the sounds we still hear and bop to today. The roots begin in Detroit, where young Black men played with sounds through their love of science fiction and started the sound known as techno.
There are shows from childhood that shape us for better or worse. Butterfly in the Sky, directed by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb, looks at the origins and struggles to bring the beloved PBS show Reading Rainbow to television. The documentary, aired at Tribeca, interviews the crew, educators, children from the show, and show’s host and star, LeVar Burton. Reading Rainbow inspired children to enjoy reading, and that impact is indelibly embedded in the foundation of countless people. Butterfly in the Sky takes us down memory lane and shows us what was happening behind those joyous scenes.
Mark, Mary & Some Other People, directed and written by Hannah Marks, screened at Tribeca and isn’t the typical love story that shows the highs and lows of a relationship. Like its title suggests, Mark (Ben Rosenfeld) and Mary (Haley Law) are newlyweds who explore an open relationship. So, there is more comedy to be found just in the process of their process. Written and directed by Hannah Marks, Mark, Mary & Some Other People has excellent comedic timing, heartfelt affection, and quirky characters that bring it to life. The qualities of the characters create a viewing experience that moves the film past the average romantic comedy.
Accepted is a documentary directed by Dan Chen that looks at the college preparatory school, TM Landry. The school touts a 100% college acceptance rate for students, but underneath that impressive record lies questions and harm. It raises questions about our educational system, the different schools and prep academies, and the inequalities that create a cycle of poverty for those already impoverished.