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Maxine Trump

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Plot Summary

For hundreds of years guitars have been made the same way but now this could all change. 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 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. A modern twist on a classic story; Musicwood is an urgent battle between the white man and Native Americans.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Even if you can't tell the difference between a soundboard and a fretboard, "Musicwood" will hold your attention. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 31, 2013

Fresh: Maxine Trump's feature loses focus as it progresses, though its insights into guitar making, forestry harvesting and environmental shortages resonate strongly. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Nov 4, 2013

Fresh: This compelling, eco-themed documentary will be of vital interest to anyone who loves acoustic guitars. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great film

A beautifully produced film on the spectacular forests of Alaska and their close ties to the music we all love. As a guitar lover, nature lover and film buff this one hit all the soft spots. Well done and beautiful but will leave a bad taste in your mouth towards the for profit timber industry and their myopic and selfish need to clear cut massive old growth forests for short term gain. Makes you hate the native american corporation and its leaders with such disdain and disgust. The leaders of the SEALASKA corp are truly horrific people… they steal from all to enrich themselves and share virtually none of the profits with their people… If anything comes from this film it should be the demise of this corp and its charlatan leaders.

Eye Opener

Wow, what a beautiful documentary on the forest and wood that make our guitars. Makes you really think about the impact we are having on our environment.
Please watch this and care.

Important film to watch

The preview on iTunes pits this as a battle between White people and Native Americans, but this is too simple. It is about an environment organization, run by Whites, who is collaborating with guitar manufacturers, also run by whites, against a huge corporation which happens to be owned by Native Americans. The telling part is the bits by two Native Americans who are shareholders in Sealaska, but say that Sealaska is not representing their interests as Native Americans. The politics and economics and environmental impact are huge and complex issues, particularly when comparing long-term and short-term interests.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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