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There are a few ukulele specific documentaries available. The most recent is The Mighty Uke from director Tony Coleman of Tiny Goat Films Ltd.
Here are links to a few others:
ROCK THAT UKE is a quirkily philosophical cinematic love poem that examines the near mystical allure of the ukulele and the recent wave of alternative and experimental musicians who have taken up the four-stringed underdog of the music world to incorporate it not just into their raucous and irreverent original compositions, but into a counter cultural/post-punk ethos.
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings is a compelling portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row), Life on Four Strings reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame, the loneliness of separation from home and family.
from the Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka Ukulele web site
The story of Kamaka Ukuleles. Over 100 years, the longest and lone ukulele builder of the original Hawaiin ukulele builders. Of the early Hawaiian manufacturers who were crafting instruments at the start of the 20th century, only one, Kamaka Hawaii, remains in business today. For theirs is a story about age-old values — hard work, fortitude, honesty, and creativity, but through a distinctly Hawaiian point of view — rooted in such concepts as aloha (unconditional love), malama (to serve and care for), and pono (doing what’s right).
The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog
**Tiny Goat Films Ltd.
Directed by: Tony Coleman
Produced By:Margaret Meagher
from the The Mighty Uke web site
MIGHTY UKE is a documentary about the 21st Century revival of the ukulele worldwide. MIGHTY UKE travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyo’s highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the people’s instrument: The Mighty Uke.
William Preston Robertson: producer & co-director
2009 23rd Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
Vox: (916) 736-1040
Email: [email protected]
from the Rock That Uke web site
Rock That Uke is a funky, curiously philosophical cinematic love poem that examines the near mystical allure of the four-stringed underdog of the musical world and the recent surge of alternative and experimental musicians on the American mainland who have taken up the instrument and incorporated the ukulele not just into their raucous and irreverent original compositions, but into a counter cultural/post-punk ethos.
Here is a listings of movies from the Ukulele Underground forum:
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