Guitar Makers in Front of Tree in the Tongass

The Film

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 (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.

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.

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Producer and Director
Maxine Trump

Maxine Trump worked for the BBC in London for seven years as a development executive for scripted comedy before emmigrating to the USA. This is the first feature documentary Maxine has directed. She has directed a long running series of interstitual social issue documentaries for the TV network TNT in the USA. She has also directed a series of fifteen short interstitials for the network Sundance Channel. Her short film “Silent Life” was nominated at the IFC/ARPA Hollywood film festival. She also made a ten-minute documentary for the MSC campaign expedition to the Bering Sea, Alaska, and a seven-minute documentary for the New York City Greenmarket organization.

She has won BDA awards for her work in television in the USA,. She is a freelance director having worked on numerous commercial projects for network TV and agency clients, including National Geographic, PBS, BBC America, Animal Planet, Comedy Central etc. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Producer and Editor
Josh Granger

Josh worked as story producer for the first season of the award-winning real-life series “Random 1” on A&E. He has also produced a number of 60-minute shows for National Geographic Television: an episode of their flagship Explorer series, two episodes of “Dogtown,” a special on the stadiums of the World Cup and the Indian Air Force-centered “Mission Udaan.”

As a producer and editor he has worked for the past 15 years producing and editing documentary programming for channels such as A&E, TBS, TNT, National Geographic and BBC America, worked for 3 years in the marketing department at TheLearning Channel and has received two Broadcast Design Awards for his work in television.

Director of Photography
Curt Wallin

Director of Photography Curt Wallin taught rain forest ecology in Guatemala and Belize before discovering his true calling as a cinematographer. Curt has worked extensively for the International Olympic Committee and filmed over 30 features for them. He has worked as a DP for many broadcasters including NBC, PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, A&E, History Channel, etc.