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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Maxine Trump's feature loses focus as it progresses, though its insights into guitar making, forestry harvesting and environmental shortages resonate strongly."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A riveting tale of environmental crisis and industrial conflict with a commitment to depth and a musical cadence."
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
"A lyrical film, with evocative cinematography and emotive yet insightful interviews, Musicwood carries its tune well and is well worth seeking out."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"An excellent and entertaining documentary."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"This compelling, eco-themed documentary will be of vital interest to anyone who loves acoustic guitars."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"As a visibly agitated Greenpeace activist puts it, "the only thing that f***ing matters is the forest" and that, you feel, is the crux of it."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Why preserving the Martin guitar is as important in the long run as saving the spotted owl or the snail darter."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"There is widespread concern for human rights and animal rights of every stripe, but after seeing Musicwood, I am now a firm believer in plant rights."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Even if you can't tell the difference between a soundboard and a fretboard, "Musicwood" will hold your attention."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Musicwood is a great looking documentary; the cinematography in this one is breath-taking and even the simplest of talking heads segments look good."
‑ Mark Bell, Film Threat
"A pointed look at the relationship between art and commerce that brings acoustic-guitar manufacturers and logging corporations to a crossroads, if not an outright impasse."
‑ William Goss, The Dissolve
"The forests are breathtaking. So is the sincerity of musicians such as Steve Earle, who waxes poetic about the glories of what emanates from acoustic guitars. These aren't tree-huggers, they're tree-players."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
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