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Knoop, John

Overview
Works: 39 works in 71 publications in 6 languages and 1,001 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Biography  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Music  Film adaptations  Filmed shadow shows  Puppet films  Drama  Short films 
Roles: Cinematographer , Film editor, Author, Director
Classifications: ML419.A76, 781.643092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Knoop
Louie Bluie( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the obscure country blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist, Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. Director Terry Zwigoff honors him with an unsentimental but endlessly affectionate tribute. Full of infectious music and comedy, this is a humane evocation of the kind of pop-cultural marginalia that Zwigoff would continue to make in the coming years
N is a number : a portrait of Paul Erdős( Visual )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary filmed in England, Hungary, Poland, and the United States over a period of four years presenting mathematician Paul Erdős's mathematical quest in its personal and philosophical dimensions, and the tragic historical events that molded his life
Shadow master( Visual )

7 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatic documentary about a family of performers in Bali. The film is an inside view of Balinese life which reveals the cultural context of theater, music, and dance on the island. The film is a dramatization of events which occurred during the two years Reed spent living and studying with dalang (shadow master) I Nyoman Radjeg and his extended family
Coyote's journey( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditional native California Karuk stories about the character Coyote, as told with a combination of shadow theater, singing, drumming and live actors
In Xanadu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic love story about Khubilai Khan and his wife Chabui. They are inseparable partners. When she dies, he attempts to bring her back from the underworld. The piece blends Tibetan, Chinese and Indonesian theater techniques into a unique form of theater that recalls the language of film, with lap dissolves, montages, Bergmanesque horizons, and a Kurosawa-style portrait of the controlled chaos of war
Where the heart roams( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over 20 million American women read romance novels." This film is about authors, readers, and their common passion. It tells the story of a woman who organized a rail journey from Los Angeles to New York and called it 'The Love Train'.--Opening credits
The wild party : behind the scenes( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wild Party is a jazz shadow theater piece based on the Beat poem by Joseph Moncure March, with an original jazz score composed by Bruce Forman. The Wild Party explores the American artistic tradition of jazz, film noir, and poetry. Written in 1926, it is a witty, risqué poem about two vaudeville performers who fight, make up, throw a party, and flirt with danger. Feature is interspersed with behind the scenes interviews and production documentation
Awakening from sorrow : Buenos Aires 1997( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collaboration between Bay Area filmmakers John Knoop and Karina Epperlein highlights the activism of H.I.J.O.S.--a group made up of the sons and daughters of those killed or gone missing at the hands of the Argentine military between 1976 and 1983. Memories of the vanished generation, known as the Desaparecidos, have been kept alive by their surviving children (hijos), some of whom were merely days old when their parents disappeared. Until these young people began to organize and demand explanations from their government, the predominant coping strategy had been to pretend that the missing are still alive. The grief of young Argentines erupts into public action, and becomes a cornerstone for social movements from South America to Serbia
Shadow master( Visual )

1 edition published in 1990 in Balinese and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a documentary focusing on two teenage brothers in Bali: one an apprentice to a renowned shadow puppeteer, the other enamored of Western values
Report from Iraq( Visual )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On April 1991, a team of doctors, lawyers and students from Harvard University went to Iraq to assess the destruction and damage brought on by the Persian Gulf War. Among their findings were that the sewage plants in Baghdad were left inoperative, resulting in pollution of the Tigris River, and that an estimated 170,000 children under age 5 will die of malnutrition and disease, due to the devastation of the health care system in Iraq
Phoenix dance by Karina Epperlein( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dancer Homer Avila lost his right leg and most of his hip to cancer and thought he'd never dance again until choreographer Alonzo King challenged expectations of what it means to be "disabled."
[Explorations of the shadow world]( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Multiple languages and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shadow master is a documentary film portraying the life of a Balinese family of performers and the training of a young shadow master. In Xanadu is an epic love story about Khubilai Khan and his wife, who he tries to bring back from the underworld. The performance blends Tibetan, Chinese, and Indonesian theater techniques. The wild party is about two vaudeville performers and is based on the 1926 Beat poem by Joseph Moncure March that explores American jazz, film noir, and poetry. Ambrosia of immortality is an episode from the Mahabarata, an epic of Hindu mythology, in which a war rages between gods and demons. Coyote's journey is a traditional Native California Karuk tale. 7 visions explores the roots of Latino heritage while honoring the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos
Kamikaze hearts( Visual )

3 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Combines fiction and documentary, storytelling and talking heads in a narrative about Sharon Mitchell and Tina Mennet, real-life lovers and junkies, the former an actress, the latter a director/producer"--Container
Eritrea( Visual )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the hopes and anguish of the war and famine-plagued Eritrean people who have been resisting the Ethiopian occupation of their country for thirty years in Africa's longest war
Harry Bridges : a man and his union( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sympathetic biographical overview of the life of the union organizer, Harry Bridges and his struggles to organize stevedores on West Coast American ports. Includes the unsuccessful attempt to deport him by industry mogels and politicians hostile to his labor movement and the current impact of mechanization and containerization on Stevedores and other dock laborers
Thanh's war( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Vietnamese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Injured as a child by American troops in Vietnam, Thanh was brought to the U.S. for medical treatment and adopted by a foster family. In an effort to reconcile his Vietnamese and American lives, he travels to Vietnam to marry a woman from his old village
[Explorations of the shadow world]( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete set chronicles the creation of a unique visual and theatrical vocabulary through documentary films as well as the traditional and innovative shadow work performed by the company over the past thirty years. Each DVD immerses the viewer in a world of shadows, engaging the mind in that place where dreams are made
Cafe Nica : portraits from Nicaragua( Visual )

3 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the contrasting attitudes of the Nicaraguan coffee growers and workers regarding the Sandinista government and the Nicaraguan economy
Farm( Visual )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses a montage of American agricultural scenes to portray the dynamic energy of modern agriculture and the beauty of farm production and mechanization
Penumbra( Visual )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This brief abstract film by Kent Hodgetts, Roger Kent and John Knopp explores intersections between light and music
 
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N is a number : a portrait of Paul Erdős
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