Sophie B. Hawkins: The Cream Will Rise

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Overview

Director Gigi Gaston's extensive, seemingly endless DVD recap of the life and career of platinum-selling 1990s pop star Sophie B. Hawkins makes a wonderful case for the subject's unquestionable talent. On the disc she's shown playing guitars, cello, drums, and piano, as well as singing, dancing, and talking about her life and philosophy in concert, in the studio, and at home. Her fans are going to love it; those unfamiliar with her will discover a unique talent. Others may find her long-winded and self-obsessed, ...
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Overview

Director Gigi Gaston's extensive, seemingly endless DVD recap of the life and career of platinum-selling 1990s pop star Sophie B. Hawkins makes a wonderful case for the subject's unquestionable talent. On the disc she's shown playing guitars, cello, drums, and piano, as well as singing, dancing, and talking about her life and philosophy in concert, in the studio, and at home. Her fans are going to love it; those unfamiliar with her will discover a unique talent. Others may find her long-winded and self-obsessed, particularly when she's trying to reconcile her inevitable stardom, but the DVD's about her, right? Whom else is she going to talk about? A chapter called "bonus commentary footage" includes raw footage of Hawkins cross-legged on the floor answering Gaston's questions about how she got to be so great. Three very polished music videos, a photo gallery of pictures of Hawkins in a meadow, and text bios of the singer and the director are included. The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is sharp and clear, but with just two speakers, one has to crank the volume to get the rock & roll feel. Stick with the documentary, which includes snippets of some 20 songs, and scan past the self-reverence.
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Special Features

Over 26 minutes of commentary footage from Sophie B. Hawkins and filmmaker Gigi Gaston; Three music videos from Sophie B. Hawkins: "Lose Your Way," "The One You Have Not Seen," and "Walking in My Blue Jeans"; Sophie B. Hawkins photo gallery with previously unreleased photos taken by the filmmaker; Theatrical trailer; Filmmaker and artist biographies; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

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Discriminating listeners have turned to the music of Sophie B. Hawkins for a decade, reveling in her smart and sexy mixture of folk, pop, and R&B tied together with a singer-songwriter's attention to craft. Those enthralled with the complex yet accessible body of work she has built since her debut hit, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," will find that The Cream Will Rise is a like a thoughtful, hype-free Behind the Music episode. Candid, incisive, and unflinching, this documentary was shot in 1997 by director Gigi Gaston, who provides an intimate take on everything from Hawkins's creative process and iconoclastic points of view to her troubled childhood and relationships with family members and paramours. The DVD edition is supplemented with commentary by Gaston and Hawkins, outtake footage, a photo gallery, and music videos for "Lose Your Way," "The One You Have Not Seen" and "Walking in My Blue Jeans."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • UPC: 767685949832
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 80,403

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophie B. Hawkins
Technical Credits
Gigi Gaston Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Anne Attalla Co-producer
Brian Bantry Producer
Colleen Camp Producer
Macie Jastrow Associate Producer
Tony Kanella Sound Editor
Jim Kee Sound Editor
John Longenecker Cinematographer
William MacCollum Cinematographer
Paul Marshall Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Mercado Sound/Sound Designer
Wendy Miller Co-producer
Shawn Owen Cinematographer
Oyst Rockafella Producer
Renee Sabath Sound Editor
Jeff Sells Editor
Rick Spalla Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. John Nash's View [7:56]
2. The Groove Masters [6:44]
3. An Incredible Game [5:08]
4. Sex and Sensuality [9:27]
5. Mummy [6:29]
6. Something So Mysterious [8:30]
7. Family Laundry [6:59]
8. Forced Intimacy [5:26]
9. Amnesty From the Family [8:19]
10. Another Viewpoint [6:42]
11. Having a Voice [6:11]
12. Rising Above [7:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Extras
      Biography: Sophie B. Hawkins
      Filmmaker Biography
      Music Videos
         Lose Your Way
         The One You Have Not Seen
         Walking In My Blue Jeans
      Bonus Commentary Footage
      The Cream Will Rise Promo
      Photo Gallery
      DVD Credits
      About Docurama
      Catalog/Trailers
         Genshis Blues
         Regret to Inform
            Play Trailer
         The Brandon Teena Story
         From Mao to Mozart
         Speaking in Strings
            Play Trailer
         Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back
            Play Trailer
         W.I.S.O.R. The Robo-Welder
         The Sweetest Sound
         Sound and Fury
            Play Trailer
         Moon Over Broadway
         The Awful Truth
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    powerful

    I give this woman alot of courage to talk about her sexuality. I am very intrigued by her, she reminds me of my best friend, whom I question her sexuality. You go girl.

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