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Tom Dowd and the Language of Music
Independent filmmaker Mark Moormann directs the feature-length documentary Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. Shot on color and black-and-white16 mm film stock, the biography is a personal portrait of legendary recording engineer and producer Tom Dowd. The man himself is featured in a series of interviews from 1996 (the year he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) until 2002 (the year of his death). Filmed at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, he is shown both at work behind the soundboards as well as reflecting on his memorable career. Other… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Affable and hugely entertaining."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"As a probing look at a really nice-guy genius in the studio world, it succeeds admirably."
‑ Steve Morse, Boston Globe
"A must see for any fan of popular music from the latter half of the 20th century."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"If nothing else, you'll earn a new appreciation for the way music is produced."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A movie that overcomes a somewhat superficial approach and patchwork assembly through the sheer force of its subject. And the music ain't bad, either."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"A fitting epitaph for a giant few people outside the industry knew but whose work everybody heard."
‑ Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"Deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The film's high points are to be found in tremendous archival footage."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Mark Moormann's documentary tends to the worshipful, but Dowd, a charmer onscreen, was by all accounts just as appealing in real life, a gentleman and a scholar who loved music, loved musicians and loved making them sound their best."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"How quaint: the idea of an artist who makes other artists better."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Visually appealing."
‑ Howard Cohen, Miami Herald
"A loving portrait of 50 years of pop music and a man who by all accounts was a musical genius."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"This highly enjoyable documentary makes sure that Dowd's contribution to the music business will not be forgotten."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film is full of artists' stories and testimonials from both the old and new schools of the music industry. But it is the delightfully charming Dowd that makes the movie. He's a hoot, and a legendary one at that."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"It fails ... to deliver a balanced portrait of the man's life and work."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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