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Saturday July 27 | 8:00pm
Casino Theatre

Rules & Guidelines

cocktails & hors d'oeuvres served


This film is in partnership with Newport Folk Festival®
Director Maxine Trump & Nick Colesanti from Martin Guitars will hold post-film Q&A
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Cocktails & Light Food
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Film

"Through breathtaking aerial footage of Alaskan forests and interviews with musicians like Steve Earle and Yo La Tengo, the film draws a connection between musicians and the ancient forests their instruments are made of." 

/ Chicago Talks

"The narrative of the film is engaging, and the entire premise — the triangular collaboration between environmentalists, music companies, and timber corporations — is fascinating." 

/ Sage Magazine


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 Guitars) travel together into the heart of one of the most primeval rainforests on the planet. Their mission: to negotiate with Native American loggers and change the way this forest is logged before it’s too late for acoustic guitars. The film begins with a startling revelation: a Native American corporation is logging their own homeland — clear-cutting enormous tracts of forest. If this logging doesn’t change, they will run out of acoustic-guitar quality Spruce in less than ten years. Musicwood is a culture clash of staggering proportions. Native Americans who’ve been given a notoriously raw deal from the US government are distrustful of the white man telling them what to do. Enter Greenpeace, a radical environmental group, and soon all are battling over a forest that is the last of its kind on the planet. As the tug-of-war over natural resources unfolds, acoustic virtuosos such as Kaki King, Yo La Tengo, The Antlers, and Steve Earle offer some of the most profound insights in the form of a soundtrack, which doubles as the heartbeat of this debate.

Run time: USA / 80 min
Director(s): Maxine Trump