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Playing For Change
Playing For Change
Directors: Mark Johnson, Jonathan Walls
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts
NR     2006     1hr 11min

Playing For Change is a musical journey of discovery that celebrates the freedom and the lives of today's American street musicians. It focuses on three cities, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York and captures an array ...  more »


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Directors: Mark Johnson, Jonathan Walls
Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Starlight Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/18/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 11min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Loved in on Sundance channel....
Jana D. Watson | New Jersey | 11/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After seeing "Playing for Change" on the Sundance Channel I emailed the producer to find out when the DVD would be available...He took the time to reply and told me that it would be available soon and that if I could not find it, he would send me a copy....Well, I bought the audio CD first, enjoyed it thoroughly and purchased the DVD as soon as I found it was available on Amazon...Being a music and blues lover, and as someone who enjoys and values the talents of street musicians and their sheer love of their music, I found the various artists and their stories facinating...To see the sacrifices they make just so that they can continue their passion is inspiring...I particularly enjoyed the New Orleans segment as I have been to the Quarter several times and watched and listened to the artists portrayed in the film...I would recommend this DVD and the audio CD too to anyone who feels that the current trend in popular music is too manufactured, corporate, bland and uninspired..."
A beautiful song coming up from the street
Joe (Ohio) | 05/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Playing for Change showcases street musicians in New Orleans, California, and New York. These are people who literally pick up an instrument walk out into the street and start playing-sometimes alone , sometimes with a few friends. There is something really refreshing about that simplicity and I suppose that is the theme of the film. Every type of music is here - rock, jazz, blues, and folk, so this is a DVD for everybody. What makes the movie work is that it is wonderfully edited, allowing you to effortlessly move from muscician to musician, and from city to city.

In the end Playing For Change reminds us that these musicians are people, ordinary people,sharing their gift of music. It's a beautiful song coming up from the street, it's got a beautiful sound and a beautiful beat.
I'm a star
Robert Davenport | 03/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hey that's me on the rollerskates and playing the horn. Thanks for allowing me the freedom to be a self acclaimed star showing the proof that it's not the disability but the ability that counts in life. The DVD is GREAT."
Anthony D'Angelo | 05/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"PLAYING FOR CHANGE!! Musically enchanting, brilliantly directed, superbly edited! Truly a trip through a musical subculture that only those who live in certain cities are priveleged to enjoy! Playing For Change captures the souls of these dedicated American artists who seemingly live for their artistry and not just for economic gain-a refreshing change from the current norm.
To the directors- How about an international edition?