Musicwood (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 9, 2013
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Ronnie Scheib

Maxine Trump's feature loses focus as it progresses, though its insights into guitar making, forestry harvesting and environmental shortages resonate strongly.

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Daniel Walber

A riveting tale of environmental crisis and industrial conflict with a commitment to depth and a musical cadence.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

A lyrical film, with evocative cinematography and emotive yet insightful interviews, Musicwood carries its tune well and is well worth seeking out.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This compelling, eco-themed documentary will be of vital interest to anyone who loves acoustic guitars.

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

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.

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Louis Proyect

Why preserving the Martin guitar is as important in the long run as saving the spotted owl or the snail darter.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Even if you can't tell the difference between a soundboard and a fretboard, "Musicwood" will hold your attention.

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Mark Bell
Film Threat

Musicwood is a great looking documentary; the cinematography in this one is breath-taking and even the simplest of talking heads segments look good.

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William Goss
The Dissolve

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.

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