I always envied those people who could just go around from state to state and venue to venue following the musicians they loved. Those fans are probably the ones who get to meet great musicians and hang out with them after shows. Samantha Hale happens to be one of those fans, but she’s bringing us along for the ride with her documentary Map the Music.

Read the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Samantha Hale
  • Producer & Editor: Trent Ward

The Plot:

Following the death of her father, director Samantha Hale set out to make a film about music to try to explain the power that it has over people. Hale follows some of her favorite artists from concert to concert around the country. Map the Music includes interviews with musicians such as Imogen Heap, Kate Havnevik, Zoe Keating, Rachael Yamagata, Cary Brothers, Charlotte Martin and Jim Bianco.

The Good:

  • Pacing: Map the Music is fast pace and thank heavens for that. It switches from interview A to B and back to A quickly and smoothly.
  • Topical: The film is about music, but it is broken up into sections which make it easier to follow. It’s fantastic how Hale, being a first-time filmmaker, was able to cover different topic without being confusing, and be able to include many different artists and fans while doing so.
  • Imogen Heap and other musicians: Along with Imogen Heap, the artists are easily one of the best parts about this film. Hale was able to capture not only interviews but personal moments with the musicians which make you feel like you’re there in the room with them.

The Not-So-Good:

  • Nothing really new: Or better yet, tell me something I don’t know. Documentaries are made to inform. They expose. They shock. Map the Music is somewhat informative, but it doesn’t say anything we don’t already know or couldn’t have found out from a YouTube video.


Map the Music is a lovely documentary about music, but it doesn’t really feel like a documentary. Of course, not all documentaries are going to be like The Cove or Exit Through a Gift Shop, but documentaries are made to enlighten and in someway shock. Map the Music doesn’t do that, but it does have other great qualities. It feels personal and it’s easy to watch. But if you want a real experience, rather just hearing about great experiences, go to a live show.

Rating: 7.5/10


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