Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (2004)

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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 interview subjects include artists Ray Charles and Eric Clapton; record producers Phil Ramone and Arif Mardin; and surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tom Dowd and the Language of Music premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

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Affable and hugely entertaining.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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A fitting epitaph for a giant few people outside the industry knew but whose work everybody heard.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Visually appealing.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As a probing look at a really nice-guy genius in the studio world, it succeeds admirably.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud.

Aug 13, 2004 | Full Review…

A loving portrait of 50 years of pop music and a man who by all accounts was a musical genius.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

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great subject - decent movie

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