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Reel Music Festival 28

Ballet isn’t the first thing that a subway platform brings to mind, but the NYC Ballet Company isn’t afraid to dance on one. James Newell Osterberg, Jr. is hardly a name you associate with the earliest days of punk, yet that’s the name Iggy Pop’s folks gave him.
 
The 28th annual Reel Music Festival celebrates the unexpected stories behind some of the world’s greatest music, with films spotlighting the incongruous, transformative, and sometimes bizarre origins of songs we sing every day.
 
We’ve kept our eyes and ears peeled over the last year for new film works (with a few reprises tossed in) for our annual celebration of sound and image, music and culture. Whatever your musical tastes, we hope that something in this year’s eclectic lineup will perk your curiosity and warm your soul. Our special thanks go to Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MacTarnahan’s Brewing Co., Music Fest NW, and McMenamins for helping make it all happen. Enjoy.

Unless otherwise noted, all movies are are shown at the Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum.

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Fri, Jan 7, 2011
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OPENING NIGHT - LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW
DIRECTOR: ANTHONY SECK
CANADA, 2010

A kaleidoscopic behind-the-scenes tour of the creation of Feist’s landmark 1997 album “The Reminder,” Seck’s imaginative film follows Leslie Feist and her amazing supporting cast through an impressionistic array of flickering scenery, echoing stadiums, puppet workshops, the red carpet, a crumbling French mansion, definitive concert performances, and uncommonly candid interviews. Itself a part of the creative mosaic it portrays, the film illuminates the synergy of collaboration, art as magnifying glass, and the power of trust and “illustrates the unique way Feist has harnessed friendship, community, and art to subvert the machinations of stardom.”—ICA, London. (75 mins.)

Sponsored by KINK.fm.

Join us for the opening night after-party at the School of Film, 934 SW Salmon Street.

PARTY ADMISSION: $5; free with Opening Night Film ticket. Party 21+.


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Sat, Jan 8, 2011
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PIANOMANIA
DIRECTOR: LILIAN FRANCK, ROBERT CIBIS
AUSTRIA/GERMANY, 2009

PIANOMANIA takes the viewer along on a humorous journey into the secret world of sounds and accompanies Stefan Knuepfer at his unusual job with world famous pianists like Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, and Pierre-Laurent Aimand. To find the right instrument with the necessary qualities, compatible with the vision of the virtuoso, to tune it to perfection, and finally to get it on the stage, requires nerves of steel, boundless passion, and the extraordinary ability to translate words into sounds. (92 mins.)

Sponsored by Sherman Clay/Moe’s Pianos and All Classical.fm.


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Sat, Jan 8, 2011
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COMING BACK FOR MORE
DIRECTOR: WILLEM ALKEMA
NETHERLANDS, 2010

Sly Stone, innovative founder of the seminal funk band Sly and the Family Stone, is a living legend—one of the ’60s greats who created a brand new style of music, mixing soul, rock and roll, and psychedelia. Despite success and influence, a drugged-out Stone disappeared from the limelight in the ’80s and became virtually untraceable. In 2002, director, musician, and fan Alkema began the hunt. Part exploration of the band’s history and part search for its legendary frontman, COMING BACK FOR MORE is an intriguing look at the return of one of the most influential musicians of the last 50 years. (77 mins.)

Sponsored by KBOO.


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Sat, Jan 8, 2011
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THE SECRET TO A HAPPY ENDING: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
DIRECTOR: BARR WEISSMAN
US, 2010

Weissman’s film compiles footage from three years in the career of The Drive-By Truckers, whose alternative Southern rock channels the emotions of the Deep South into their music. While The Truckers’ songs are often dark, their whiskey-soaked concerts raise joyful hell and a congregation of loyal fans. The band members are as close as family—vocalist Jason Isbell and bassist Shannon Trucker are married—a closeness that translates into emotional performances that draw audiences in and experiences on the road that become intertwined in their music. More than just a portrait of a band working tirelessly for success and musical creativity, Weissman tells a universal tale of music, family, and the redemptive power of rock and roll. (101 mins.)

Sponsored by KPSU, Portland’s College Radio.


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Sun, Jan 9, 2011
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*THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD FILM COMPOSERS

Today we welcome Portland’s All Classical.fm host Edmund Stone, producer of the nationally syndicated film music program “The Score,” for a conversation with Kathryn Korngold, granddaughter of composer Erich Korngold, and Suzanna Moross, daughter of composer Jerome Moross. In addition to exploring the film music legacy of these titans of Hollywood’s Golden Age—from Korngold’s CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) and Oscar-winning ROBIN HOOD (1938) to Moross’s Oscar-nominated THE BIG COUNTRY (1958) and THE WAR LORD (1965), you’ll hear how great soundtracks were created, along with anecdotes and stories about Hollywood, film clips, great movie music, and an opportunity for questions. (90 mins.)

*Location: Fields Ballroom, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Ave.

Sponsored by All Classical.fm.


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Sun, Jan 9, 2011
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IN THE GARDEN OF SOUNDS
DIRECTOR: NICOLA BELLUCCI
SWITZERLAND, 2010

Tucked into a small Swiss hamlet, Wolfgang Fasser’s studio is filled with cymbals, drums, and other noisemakers, including a therapeutic table built on a bed of musical strings. A former physical therapist who went blind at age 22 from the genetic disease retinitis pigmentosa, Fasser now works with developmentally disabled children, using music and natural sounds to reach through each child’s particular physical and mental barrier. Whether capturing birdsong in the early dawn, calming a restless patient, or attending to the townspeople’s various complaints at the local market, Fasser moves through the world fluidly and purposefully, overcoming his own sensory limitations while helping others transcend theirs. In the end, his profound appreciation for the subtleties of sound draws attention to the paucity of perception for which most of us settle. (85 mins.)

Sponsored by the Oregon Association for Music Therapy.

Join us for a post-film discussion about the Portland music therapy scene with members of the OAMT.


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Sun, Jan 9, 2011
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PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE
DIRECTOR: KENNETH BOWSER
US, 2010

Phil Ochs (1940-1976) rose to fame in the early 1960s during the height of the folk and protest song movement. His music, with lyrics ripped straight from daily headlines, spoke to those who hoped and fought for change. From protesting the Vietnam War to supporting striking miners, from his attacks on sitting presidents to mocking the politically disinterested, Ochs pierced the heart of the political establishment with fierce musical satire and righteous analysis. The arc of Ochs’ life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire, and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. Bowser weaves interviews, photographs, and performance footage of Ochs with the ruminations of Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others to fashion a moving portrait of a spirit whose influence lives on in artists as diverse as Pearl Jam, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, and They Might Be Giants. (96 mins.)

Sponsored by the Portland Folk Music Society and KBOO.


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Sun, Jan 9, 2011
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SOUNDS LIKE A REVOLUTION
DIRECTOR: SUMMER PRENET, JANE MICHNER
CANADA, 2010

SOUNDS LIKE A REVOLUTION is a passionate reminder that music is still a voice for protest and defiance, examining a new generation of activist musicians for whom expression is a powerful tool in the struggle for social change. From Paris, Michael Franti, and Anti-Flag to The Dixie Chicks, Ani DiFranco, and Steve Earle, artists across the musical spectrum discuss their motivations and experiences in a post-9/11 environment when dissent was challenged and the pressures of self-censorship rose to a fever pitch. (76 mins.)

Sponsored by Music Millennium.


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Mon, Jan 10, 2011
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THE TURANDOT PROJECT
DIRECTOR: ALLAN MILLER
GERMANY/US, 2000

When conductor Zubin Mehta decided to stage a new production of Puccini’s “Turandot,” he asked acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, JU DOU) to bring his extraordinary visual style to the project. When the production shifted from Florence, Italy, to Beijing’s Forbidden City, the possibilities—and problems—of staging the opera multiplied. Allan Miller’s (MAO TO MOZART) riveting film takes us behind the scenes of a massive, spectacular production whose backstage artistic dramas rival the eventual on-stage spectacle. “A must-see for opera lovers and a snappy diversion for cinephiles.”—The Village Voice. (85 min.)

Tonight’s screening is co-presented with Portland Opera, whose own production of “Turandot,” opening February 4, proudly embraces the diverse challenges of staging this opulent drama.


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Tue, Jan 11, 2011
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MELLODRAMA: THE MELLOTRON MOVIE
DIRECTOR: DIANA DILWORTH
US, 2009

MELLODRAMA explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Mellotron—the first musical keyboard to “sample” (playing pre-recorded strips of magnetic tape) the sounds of other instruments—from its birth in a California garage in the 1950s, through its dominance on concert stages in the 1970s, to its almost religious cult of followers in the 2000s. From The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” to Black Sabbath, Kanye West, and Radiohead, MELLODRAMA chronicles a 50-year odyssey of musical invention, revolution, betrayal, and rediscovery. With appreciations from Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Mike Pinder (Moody Blues), Rod Argent (The Zombies), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), and many more. (75 mins.)

Sponsored by KZME.


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Tue, Jan 11, 2011
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*THE ANATOMY OF VINCE GUARALDI
DIRECTOR: ANDREW THOMAS
US, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—Drawing upon rarely seen footage and recordings made by jazz writer (and Rolling Stone co-founder) Ralph J. Gleason shot in the early ’60s, producers Gleason and Thomas explore the brief but astounding life and times of the celebrated composer who pioneered a unique crossover of jazz and pop music. Vince Guaraldi—from his celebrated scores for the “Peanuts” animations, the mega-hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” his reign at the cultural caldron that was the Hungry I in San Francisco’s North Beach, and the ground-breaking Jazz Mass at Grace Cathedral—was a phenomenon until his death in 1975 at age 47. The film features new performances and insights from Dave Brubeck, Dick Gregory, George Winston, Jon Hendricks, John Handy, Paul Krassner, Paul Mazursky, and many more and sheds fascinating light on the social and political times of the era. (116 mins.)

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan.

Director Andrew Thomas in attendance.

After the screening, stay for a live performance by the Vince Guaraldi Tribute Band.

Sponsored by PDX Jazz Festival, February 18-27, 2011.


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Wed, Jan 12, 2011
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ARVO PÄRT: 24 PRELUDES FOR A FUGUE
DIRECTOR: DORIAN SUPIN
ESTONIA, 2002

Estonian Arvo Pärt is one of the most popular and distinctive composers working today, his work finding new audiences through use in numerous films from Tom Tykwer’s HEAVEN to Gus Van Sant’s GERRY. Director Supin captures the composer in short segments, as if trying to trace the source of his genius. Pärt copies out a score, recalls his childhood, argues with his wife about whether tomatoes are sweet or savory, comments on his trademark simple style (dubbed “tintinnabulation”) and on his turning point composition, “Fu?r Alina.” Pärt quotes a street sweeper he once met, “A composer should love every sound,” and says that “when they announce the time on the radio, it sometimes sounds like one’s whole life is behind it.” Pärt spent 13 years in exile before returning to Estonia in 1993, where he accepts the gift of his supreme talent with a touching sense of wonder, responsibility, joy, and melancholy. (87 mins.)

Sponsored by All Classical.fm.


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Wed, Jan 12, 2011
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*DO IT AGAIN
DIRECTOR: ROBERT PATTON-SPRULL
US, 2010

Some people’s quests are different. Geoff Edgers, a Boston newspaper reporter eyeing the approach of his 40th birthday, decided to take a most improbable leap. He set out to find the still-surviving members of the long dormant British rock band The Kinks (“You Really Got Me,” “Lola,” and “Come Dancing”) to convince them to reunite. Never mind being an American whose only connection to the group is that he grew up loving their music. In a film that morphs from destination into journey, Edgers encounters a range of Kinks fans—Sting, Zooey Deschanel, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Yoko Ono, Paul Weller, Robyn Hitchcock, and record executive Clive Davis—who help him come to terms with the dreams of his youth and the power of the music. (85 mins.)

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan.

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Thu, Jan 13, 2011
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*SEARCH AND DESTROY: IGGY POP & THE STOOGES’ RAW POWER with RADICAL ACT
DIRECTOR: MORGAN NEVILLE
US, 2010

Released on the eve of their breakup, “Raw Power,” a flop at the time, lives as one of the classics of the proto-punk era. Seen from today’s perspective, the record has had a huge influence on many musicians, ranging from Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Modest Mouse) and Clem Burke (Blondie) to Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders). The members of The Stooges look back on their magnum opus, with some surprising musical analyses of the songs and of the rise (“We were a working band without work”) and fall of the band. In addition to the interviews is footage of the reunion concert The Stooges played in 2009 and of the glory days when, according to rock critic Lester Bangs, they were still “the sound and look of the future.” (45 mins.)

Sponsored by Bart Day Entertainment Law West, LLC. With community support from Voodoo Doughnut.

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RADICAL ACT
DIRECTOR: TEX CLARK
US, 1995

In the summer of 1995, Clark traveled around the country to interview female musicians, journalists, and historians about how their sexual and gender identity impacted their lives and informed their work. RADICAL ACT captures a moment in indie rock history and speaks to the universal experience of finding your voice in an indifferent and occasionally hostile world. Among the many interviewees: Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), Toshi Reagon, Gretchen Phillips, Melissa York (Team Dresch, Vitapup, The Butchies), Kim Coletta (Jawbox, co-founder of DeSoto Records), Shirlé Hale (Mary Lou Lord, Gerty, Womyn of Destruction), and Sharon Topper (God is My Co-Pilot). (55 mins.)

Director Tex Clark in attendance.

With community support from Siren Nation.

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan.

21+ only.

Join us after RADICAL ACT for a no-host after-party at Touche Restaurant.


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Fri, Jan 14, 2011
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LANCE BANGS / IMMORTAL VOLUME MUSIC FILMS
1990-2010

VISITING ARTIST—Portland filmmaker Lance Bangs is among the world’s busiest directors and cinematographers, with an impressive body of cultural and social issue documentaries and collaborations with an amazing range of bands. Tonight, Bangs will screen music videos, documentary excerpts, short films, concert footage, and experimental collaborations ranging from iconic bursts of pop culture to rarer unreleased pieces. Among the subjects: The Arcade Fire, Archers of Loaf, Devendra Banhart, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, Death Cab for Cutie, Ghostface Killah, Green Day, Guided By Voices, Kanye West, Menomena, Neutral Milk Hotel, No Age, Pavement, R.E.M., RZA, The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, Slint, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, The Thermals, Mike Watt, The White Stripes, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. (90 mins.)

Director Lance Bangs in attendance.

Join us tonight after the screening for a party at Crave Dog (412 NW Couch) featuring an exhibition of record album cover art and photography organized by RockPop Gallery. In addition to iconic rock images, the show includes recent work by top Portland artists.

Thanks to MacTarnahan’s Brewing Co. for the beverages and Crave Dog for hosting the party.

With additional support from MusicFest NW and OPB Music.


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Fri, Jan 14, 2011
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EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE
DIRECTOR: CHRIS METZLER, LEV ANDERSON
US, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—From the shifting fault lines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of 1980s America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the era. With a blistering combination of punk and funk, they blurred the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry. EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a story about music, politics, courage, and being funky and features interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry Farrell, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, and many others. (103 mins.)

Director Lev Anderson in attendance.

Sponsored by KBOO.


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Sat, Jan 15, 2011
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NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ
DIRECTOR: JODY LEE LIPES, HENRY JOOST
US, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—Conceived, created, and produced by New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi, OPUS JAZZ is a reimagined adaptation of a 1958 “ballet in sneakers” by Jerome Robbins, a companion piece to his legendary “West Side Story.” An abstract tale of disaffected urban youth shot on location all over New York City, the film returns the original choreography to the streets that inspired it, with a score by Robert Prince and an ensemble cast of dancers from the New York City Ballet. “The characters jump, jive, and roll with the grit and restless spirit of urban youth. Like good dialogue, good dance can leap off the screen and leave you in wide-eyed amazement.”— Austin Chronicle. (61 mins.)

Producer Ellen Bar in attendance.

Sponsored by BodyVox artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland.

 


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Sat, Jan 15, 2011
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JOHN COHEN: APPALACHIAN SONGS - THE HIGH LONESOME SOUND
THE HIGH LONESOME SOUND
DIRECTOR: JOHN COHEN
US, 1963

Set in eastern Kentucky, Cohen’s classic film documents the songs of churchgoers, miners, and farmers expressing the joys and sorrows of life while pausing to record the beauty of the surrounding mountains and the simplicity of their homes. Musical performances include The Shepherd Family, Roscoe Holcomb on guitar and banjo, and Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys performing “John Henry” for a mixed-race audience in the town square. (30 mins.)

Sponsored by KBOO.

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THE END OF AN OLD SONG
DIRECTOR: JOHN COHEN
US, 1973

North Carolina’s Appalachia was once described as a place “in which singing was as common and almost as universal a practice as speaking.” Generations later, with jukeboxes invading the diners where neighbors once gathered in communal song, Dillard Chandler has become one of the last performers of a nearly lost tradition. Straddling the old and new, Chandler renders traditional English ballads as testimony of continued hardships and evocation of a world gone by. (27 mins.)

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SARA AND MAYBELLE: THE CARTER FAMILY
DIRECTOR: JOHN COHEN
US, 1981

Recorded offstage at the Newport Folk Festival, Cohen captured the rarely filmed guitar picking and harmonies of cousins Sara and Maybelle Carter. (10 mins.)

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ROSCOE HOLCOMB FROM DAISY, KENTUCKY
DIRECTOR: JOHN COHEN
US, 1962

Cohen’s ROSCOE reveals exceptional banjo playing infused with the soul and grit of a hardscrabble existence in Appalachia. (10 mins.)

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Sat, Jan 15, 2011
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EVENING’S CIVIL TWILIGHT IN EMPIRES OF TIN
DIRECTOR: JEM COHEN
US, 2008

Jem Cohen was commissioned to close the 2007 Vienna International Film Festival with a performance piece inspired by Joseph Roth’s 1932 novel “The Radetsky March.” Cohen’s film version of the live event, which he describes as a “documentary musical hallucination,” brings together film, text, and musical performance to create a unique meditation on a central question of our time: what are the effects of Empire? The result is an evocative reflection on the magnitude, edification, and decadence of empires that parallels the symbols and shapes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with the landscape of American capitalism in decline. The core of the film is a performance by the incomparable Vic Chesnutt, playing with members of Canada’s Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Guy Picciotto (from Fugazi and Rites of Spring), and T. Griffin with Catherine McRae. (100 mins.)

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Sat, Jan 15, 2011
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GOOD TIMES: EL SALVADOR’S NEW WAVE
DIRECTOR: MARIO ANAYA
US, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—The global groove finds punks in Tehran and Beijing, Nashville in Toyko, Memphis in London, and rock and roll everywhere—even El Salvador. EL SALVADOR’S NEW WAVE explores the explosion of Salvadoran musical groups in the 1960s and ’70s that became successful covering The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles in Spanish and combining them with the traditional Latin style. Weaving interviews with musicians, DJs, record collectors, and experts in Salvadoran music, Anaya’s memory-laden film reveals the unique power of music to define culture. (105 mins.)

Director Mario Anaya in attendance. Salvadorian bands Los Beats and Hielo Ardiente also in attendance.

With community support from Miracle Theatre Group.

Join us after the screening for a live set from DJ Boulevard Nights featuring music from the film. Location: Tiga, 1465 NE Prescott.


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Sun, Jan 16, 2011
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SOUNDS AND SILENCE
DIRECTOR: PETER GUYER, NORBERT WIEDMER
SWITZERLAND, 2009

German music producer and founder of ECM Records Manfred Eicher has been responsible for introducing the world to thousands of musicians and countless new sounds. After establishing an early reputation with standard-setting jazz recordings by Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, among others, ECM began to include contemporary composers in its releases. In footage from Estonia, Tunisia, Germany, France, Denmark, Greece, Argentina, and elsewhere, SOUNDS AND SILENCE captures aspects of the music-making process at ECM and gives glimpses of unique players and composers at work, including Arvo Pärt, Eleni Karaindrou, Dino Saluzzi and Anja Lechner, Anouar Brahem, Gianluigi Trovesi, Marilyn Mazur, Nik Bärtsch, Kim Kashkashian, Jan Garbarek, and many more. (88 mins.)

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Sun, Jan 16, 2011
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DECONSTRUCTING DAD
DIRECTOR: STAN WARNOW
US, 2009

One of the true enigmas of 20th century music, Harry Warnow—better known to the world of jazz aficionados, record collectors, exotica fiends, and electronic music tinkerers as Raymond Scott—was a highly prolific figure with a career that began in the 1930s swing/big band era and continued on through the experimental musicage of the 1970s. Practically everyone on Earth can instantly recognize Scott’s off-kilter melodies as heard in many Warner Brothers’ cartoons, but few know that he also invented his own dazzling array of gadget-based musical instruments, played a part in busting racism on network radio, and was the director of electronic music research and development for Motown. Stan Warnow, Scott’s son and renowned film editor (WOODSTOCK, HAIR), leads us on a revealing tour of his father’s multi-faceted life, while attempting to reconcile the myth and reality of a man he never fully knew. “An enthralling film that tells the story of a truly pivotal figure in 20th century music whose madly eclectic achievements remain largely obscure. An essential view inside the wonders of creative genius, American-style.”—LA Weekly. (97 mins.)

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Sun, Jan 16, 2011
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*PORTLAND MUSIC VIDEOS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

Although in the cable TV world it may seem that “Jersey Shore” killed the video star, bands continue to make music videos by the thousands. Tonight we present a selection of some of the best music videos from Oregon bands, combined in felicitous marriages or sound and image across diverse genres. The program includes Red Fang’s “Prehistoric Dog,” directed by Whitey McConnaughy; Mars Retrieval Unit’s “Vessel of the Sun,” directed by Jordan Inglee; Y La Bamba’s “My Love is a Forest Fire,” directed by Dugan O’Neal; Glass Candy’s “Feeling Without Touching,” directed by Travis Peterson; The Thermals’ “I Don’t Believe You,” directed by Whitey McConnaughy; Nurses’ “So Sweet,” directed by Jordan Kinley of Into the Woods; Nick Jaina’s “Another Kay Song,” directed by Joshua Jay Elliott; The Ascetic Junkies’ “Why Do Crows?” directed by Cole Huiskamp; Blitzen Trapper’s “The Tree,” directed by Daniel Elkayam; YACHT’S “The Afterlife,” directed by Judah Switzer; Boy Eats Drum Machine’s “Hoop + Wire,” directed by Jason Sievers; White Hinterland’s “No Logic,” directed by Solomon Chase; The Dandy Warhols’ “This is the Tide,” directed by Justin Adams; and more. (120 mins.)

*Location: Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Avenue.

21+ only.

Thanks to Mississippi Studios for hosting and Oregon Music News for organizing and co-sponsoring the Program.

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Sun, Jan 16, 2011
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IN MY MIND
DIRECTOR: GARY HAWKINS
US, 2010

IN MY MIND compares and contrasts two great concerts separated by half a century but united by the power of jazz. In 2009, MacArthur “Genius” Grant-winning pianist Jason Mo ran paid tribute to one of his own heroes, Thelonious Monk. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of Monk’s historic 1959 Town Hall Concert, his first with a large ensemble. Playing in the same venue, Moran and his Big Bandwagon—which includes Monk’s original French horn player, Robert “Brother Ah” Northern—offer a contemporary spin on Monk’s iconoclastic sound, abetted by collaborating visual artists Glenn Ligon and David Dempewolf. Hawkins’ film includes photographer and audiophile Eugene Smith’s newly unearthed images and recordings of Monk’s rehearsals from the Jazz Loft in New York. (100 mins.)

Sponsored by MusicFest NW.

Join us after the film for a reception at the Brasserie Montmartre, 626 SW Park Ave.


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Mon, Jan 17, 2011
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KINSHASA SYMPHONY
DIRECTOR: CLAUS WISHMANN, MARTIN BAER
GERMANY, 2010

“People don’t know that there are also African beats in Beethoven.” The two hundred musicians of the Kimanguiste Symphony Orchestra, the only orchestra in the Congo, are playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony when a power outage silences them just a few bars before the last movement. For musicians who have survived two putsches and the effects of a decades long war, a passion for music is inspiration to overcome mundane obstacles like a lack of electricity. KINSHASA SYMPHONY paints a picture of the diverse, fast-paced, vibrant city in which these musicians live and work—and the courage of a community that demands a better tomorrow. (95 mins.)

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Mon, Jan 17, 2011
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THE ROAD TO CARNEGIE HALL
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN HIGGINS
US, 2010

In a musical assemblage that could only happen in the internet age, young musicians from the world over were plucked from obscurity when they won online auditions for a prestigious Carnegie Hall concert. With only two days to rehearse a complicated program under classical masters Michael Tilson Thomas and Tan Dun, the musicians face language barriers, jet lag, a daunting schedule, and the temptations of New York City. In an elegant and inspiring finish, the members of The YouTube Symphony Orchestra perform the most widely covered event in Carnegie Hall history. (66 mins.)

Sponsored by All Classical.fm.


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Mon, Jan 17, 2011
at 5 PM

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RAY CHARLES AMERICA
DIRECTOR: MANYA SPRAIC
US, 2010

Few music icons resonate with so many aspects of American culture more than Ray Charles, one of the greatest artists in American history, who also had one of the greatest stories. Over time, both his story and his work became two sides of the same coin. Few came from less—dirt poor, blind, and ultimately orphaned—to achieve more. RAY CHARLES AMERICA examines the social and political context of Charles’ work and how his unique approach to music and his ability to transcend racial barriers changed the cultural landscape as we know it. Through in-depth interviews, unreleased music, and never-before-seen footage, the film tells of Charles’ impact in broader stories of love, politics, art, and business. (90 mins.)

Sponsored by KBOO.


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Mon, Jan 17, 2011
at 7 PM

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REJOICE AND SHOUT
DIRECTOR: DON MCGLYNN
US, 2009

Packed with evocative photos, rare audio recordings, and stirring film and television performances, McGlynn’s (HOWLIN’ WOLF, CHARLES MINGUS, MORE THAN YOU KNOW) new film celebrates the 200-year musical history of African-American Christianity. In tracing the evolution of gospel, McGlynn explores the influences of political struggle and social change on the musical form and interviews artists ranging from Smokey Robinson to Mahalia Jackson in the search for a deeper understanding of the music and its influences. Whether you know The Dixie Hummingbirds, Golden Gate Quartet, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Blind Boys of Alabama, Staple Singers, Soul Stirrers, James Cleveland, and other gospel legends, or need an introduction (you do), the revelation will run deep. (115 mins.)

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Tue, Jan 18, 2011
at 9 PM

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ROLL OUT, COWBOY
DIRECTOR: ELIZABETH LAWRENCE
US, 2009

Chris “Sandman” Sand is a rappin’ cowboy from Dunn Center, North Dakota (population: 120 and shrinking). He drives a semi, plays the guitar, and raps, and while he may look like Woody Guthrie, he writes and sings like LL Cool J or Dr. Dre. ROLL OUT, COWBOY follows the 39-year-old country/hip-hop/folk/rap/punk musician—definitely doing his own “My Way”—as he tours the small towns, red and blue. As we watch the Sandman trying to forge an identity from his multiple lives and inspirations, we’re treated to a funny, touching look at a dreamer taking on the dying American West with singular musical spirit. How many people are inspired to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps? (75 mins.)

Sponsored by KINK.fm.


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