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Prohibited Beatz

A potpourri of shorts with no apparent thematic unity. The best of the bunch is Julie Covello's Prohibited Beatz (2002, 50 min.), a profile of Swiss drummer JoJo Mayer, whose band Nerve is an underground hit in Manhattan. Mayer is an engaging subject steeped in the history of alternative music, but Covello is a less than polished storyteller, relying too heavily on talking heads and abruptly abandoning her primary subject to rail against New York's crackdown on clubs. Local critic Ray Pride's Six Corners (6 min.) documents the antiwar protest that shut down Lake Shore Drive last March. Also on the program are works by Dylan Griffin, Doug Lussenhop, Paul Lloyd Sargent, and Jonnie Ross.

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