Analog Love - The (Long Lost) Art of the Mixtape 2020
Distributed by Passion River Films, 154 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren, NJ 07059; 732-321-0711
Produced by Buz Wallick
Directed by Robert V. Galluzzo
Streaming, 85 mins
Music; Nostalgia; Popular Culture
Date Entered: 11/03/2021Reviewed by Skye M. Limón, Electronic Resources Assistant Librarian, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Analog Love is a documentary that emphasizes the importance of communication through music. It is an homage to the art of making a mixtape. It uses the process of making one on film to stress the connections that are made with family and loved ones.
This film has some trivia over the cassette tape and reel-to-reel information but is not a detailed history on the subject. The tone skews towards informal and is nostalgia driven. It is more a passionate narrative about how the mixtape was used as a creative form of expression. The storytelling is the greatest strength of the film. There are short interviews with DJs, radio personalities, and more who talk about their own experiences making and receiving mixtapes and showing their collections.
The presentation is visually appealing and straightforward. It keeps mostly to clear shots of guests being interviewed with the occasional shot of a music video from a past decade. It runs fairly long but the transitions are broken up in a way that could benefit from pauses if you are making a mixtape while watching.
Analog Love would work for collections in music and psychology but only on a surface level.
Awards: Best Documentary Feature, Stranger Days Independent Film Festival Best
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