Musicwood Reviews

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 1, 2014
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.
Daniel Walber
June 5, 2014
A riveting tale of environmental crisis and industrial conflict with a commitment to depth and a musical cadence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
William Goss
The Dissolve
November 10, 2013
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.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jennifer Merin
November 4, 2013
An excellent and entertaining documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
November 4, 2013
Maxine Trump's feature loses focus as it progresses, though its insights into guitar making, forestry harvesting and environmental shortages resonate strongly.
Mark Bell
Film Threat
December 12, 2013
Musicwood is a great looking documentary; the cinematography in this one is breath-taking and even the simplest of talking heads segments look good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 31, 2013
Even if you can't tell the difference between a soundboard and a fretboard, "Musicwood" will hold your attention.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
November 22, 2013
A lyrical film, with evocative cinematography and emotive yet insightful interviews, Musicwood carries its tune well and is well worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 31, 2013
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.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 31, 2013
This compelling, eco-themed documentary will be of vital interest to anyone who loves acoustic guitars.
Louis Proyect
November 12, 2013
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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