Mug-Shot Productions, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment, has a human interest documentary ready for DVD on June 28 that is perfectly timed for this very controversial election year. The title in question is Amateur Night at City Hall: The Story of Frank L. Rizzo.
For residents of Philadelphia the name of Frank Rizzo is no stranger and documentary filmmaker and producer Robert Mugge profiles this “colorful” Philly political legend — sort of a distant cousin of the Daleys of Chicago.
From cop-on-the-beat to Mayor of Philadelphia, with all of the controversies that trailed in his larger than life wake, his no-nonsense, cut-to-the-quick manner of speaking managed to offend numerous groups over the years … and is highly reminiscent of a certain candidate in this year’s presidential election (one wonders if he has seen Mugge’s film).
And from the vaults and also available on DVD is a restored presentation of writer/director Robert Mugge’s 1976 documentary, George Crumb: Voice of the Whale.
This is an interesting look at the life and works of avant-garde composer (Grammy Award-winner), writer (Pulitzer Prize-winner) and college professor, George Crumb … literally filmed at the height of his career.
Elements of Mugge’s film include interaction with fellow composer Richard Wernick and performances of several of Crumb’s notable works, including “Vox Balaenae for Three Masked Players.”