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Reel Music 30

The 30th Reel Music Festival showcases films that tell the creative, unexpected, and sometimes transformative origins of sounds so infused in our experience. We hope that our annual celebration of sound and image, music and culture, offers something that will perk your curiosity, warm your soul, and send you scouting for new, and renewed, discovery—whatever your musical tastes.

Special thanks go to Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, Musicfest NW, Search Party, KMHD Jazz Radio, opbmusic.org, and McMenamin’s for helping make it all happen. Enjoy.


FESTIVAL PASSES are available online now. Click here to purchase yours today!



Fri, Oct 12, 2012
at 7 PM

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A.K.A. DOC POMUS
DIRECTOR: PETER MILLER, WILLIAM HECHTER
US, 2012

Doc Pomus’ dramatic life is one of American music’s great untold stories, despite his being the only member of the Rock and Roll, Songwriters, and Blues Halls of Fame. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits for everyone from Ray Charles and Elvis to The Drifters and Marianne Faithfull. For most of his life, Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several lifetimes. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, A.K.A. DOC POMUS features interviews with his collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and B.B. King. (98 mins.)

Sponsored by Oregon Music News.


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Fri, Oct 12, 2012
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SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP
DIRECTOR: ICE-T, ANDY BAYBUTT
US, 2011

“Hip-hop didn’t invent anything ... hip-hop reinvented everything.”—Grandmaster Caz. “Visually luscious and drenched with the big beats of classic cuts and freestyle rhyming by some of the masters of the music, this is a performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is hip-hop. This film is not about stardom, bling, or beef; it’s about craft and skill—what goes on inside the minds and erupts from the pens of rap legends. Ice-T travels from coast to coast, engaging intimately with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Nas, Mos Def, Eminem, Chuck D, KRS-One, Run-DMC, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg. What emerges is a mighty soul tribute to the original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.”—Sundance Film Festival (111 mins.)

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Sat, Oct 13, 2012
at 1 PM

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GUSTAV MAHLER
DIRECTOR: ANDY SOMMER
FRANCE, 2011

Based on the latest biographical research, Sommer’s film documents as faithfully as possible the eventful career of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), from his appointment as artistic director of the Vienna Court Opera in 1897 to conducting positions ten years later with the Metropolitan Opera and Philharmonic Society in New York. Establishing parallels between the key junctures in Mahler’s life and their impact on his compositions, performances of his music by some of the world’s greatest conductors—including Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, and Daniel Harding—honor the work of a mythical genius. (88 mins.)

Sponsored by All Classical.fm.


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Sat, Oct 13, 2012
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UNDER AFRICAN SKIES
DIRECTOR: JOE BERLINGER
US/SOUTH AFRICA, 2012

Twenty-five years after the recording of his masterpiece album “Graceland,” Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a reunion with his collaborators in a joyous occasion celebrated as one might expect—with memories and song, in a glorious fusion of African and American sounds. The studio rocks as the artists pick up right where they left off, just like old days. But the old days were far from untroubled as the film dips back into the issue of Simon’s then-defiance of the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, which was intended to end apartheid. David Byrne, Paul McCartney, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, and others reflect on Simon’s genius as well as the extraordinary musicians who created “Graceland,” and ponder Simon’s cry of anguish, “Why do politicians think artists work for them?!” (108 mins.)

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Sat, Oct 13, 2012
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SUNSET STRIP
DIRECTOR: HANS FJELLESTAD
US, 2012

Few pop culture meccas are infused with myth and legend like the one and one-half mile section of Sunset Boulevard called “The Strip.” Once a dirt road lined with poinsettia farms, The Strip came of age in the era of 1940s and ’50s Hollywood glamour and found new life with the advent of an intense live music scene in the ’60s through the ’80s. Clubs like the Whisky a Go-Go and The Roxy were the epicenter of the LA music scene. Fjellestad’s (MOOG) cultural history covers it all, from the heyday of The Doors and the curfew riots in the ’60s, to Mötley Crüe and the hair-metal daze in the ’80s, to demise at the hands of ’90s grunge, to a new rebirth. “A place where dreams are started, chased, loved, hated, displayed, ignored, ended, or all of the above. You make your last stand in Eden, and this is Eden.”—HF (94 mins.)

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Sun, Oct 14, 2012
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WAGNER’S DREAM
DIRECTOR: SUSAN FRÖMKE
US, 2012

For perhaps the most ambitious project in its famed history, the Metropolitan Opera commissioned visionary director Robert Lepage to stage a new production of opera’s most formidable masterpiece: Richard Wagner’s four-part, 16-hour "Ring Cycle," first presented in 1876. Shot over five years, Frömke captures the unprecedented challenges of bringing Lepage’s electrifying production to life. Featuring such opera luminaries as Deborah Voigt and the challenges of creating a massive, 90,000-pound set (“The Machine”), the film offers an engrossing look at the daring artistic process and unflagging determination behind an all-out attempt to realize Wagner’s dream of a perfect Ring. (112 mins.)

With community support from Portland Opera.


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Sun, Oct 14, 2012
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THE GIRLS IN THE BAND
DIRECTOR: JUDY CHAIKIN
US, 2011

One of the most famous jazz photographs—Art Kane’s “A Great Day in Harlem” from 1958—captured an assemblage of many of the greatest jazz musicians of the era. But who are the two women standing next to Thelonious Monk in the photograph? Chaikin’s revelatory film answers the question by uncovering the hidden history of women jazz musicians, from pre-WWII to the present day. Full of great music, dance, performance clips, and stories, the film celebrates such pioneering bands as The Ada Leonard Orchestra, Ina Ray Hutton and Her Melodears, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, up to brilliantly gifted contemporary musicians like Esperanza Spaulding, Geri Allen, and Diana Krall. As it chronicles the work, talent, and determination needed to overcome the trials of daring to find recognition and equality in a man’s world, surprise and inspiration come in delightful measure. (83 mins.)

With community support from Siren Nation.


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Sun, Oct 14, 2012
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THE PORTRAIT OF BILLY JOE
DIRECTOR: LUCIANA PEDRAZA
US/ARGENTINA, 2004

Who is Billy Joe Shaver? According to Willie Nelson, he is “maybe the best songwriter alive today.” Shaver has been a country music legend and icon almost since the time he threatened to whip Waylon Jennings’ ass if the latter didn’t listen to his songs. Waylon ended up recording ten of Shaver’s songs on his equally legendary “Honky Tonk Heroes” album. THE PORTRAIT OF BILLY JOE chronicles Shaver’s humble beginnings in Corsicana, Texas, a life that has seen much tragedy, and explores a poetic musical expression that has always provided a place to put pain as well as triumph. (60 mins.)

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan (21+ only, please)

Special admission: $3 all


Shaver will perform live at the Mission Theater on October 16. For ticket information, visit mcmenamins.com.


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Mon, Oct 15, 2012
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THE MINERS’ HYMNS
DIRECTOR: BILL MORRISON
GREAT BRITAIN, 2012

This powerful, visionary blend of music and image without narration is a collaboration between Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and American experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison (A FILM OF HER, DECASIA). Morrison, who attended Reed College, put together exquisite black-and-white archival footage of the extinct mining industry in northeastern England, and Jóhannsson wrote the score, a stately, slow-building, and hauntingly melodic composition for brass band, pipe organ, and electronics. Together they created a uniquely poetic requiem for a vanished way of life. “A miner himself of a type, Mr. Morrison has dug into the archives of the likes of the British Film Institute to cull primarily black-and-white images so rich, so alive with dirty faces, shadows, and the occasional pit pony that they resurrect a world that for many has long been lost to history.”—New York Times (52 mins.)

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Mon, Oct 15, 2012
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RHINO RESURRECTED
DIRECTOR: KEITH SHAPIRO
US, 2011

RHINO RESURRECTED is the iconoclastic story of a ramshackle little record store that became a hub of hardcore music misfits, a launching pad for influential music careers, and a groundbreaking and irreverent record label revered by music lovers worldwide. The inspiration for the film came last spring when the founder of Rhino, Richard Foos, opened a “pop-up” record store that tried to recreate the “Rhino” vibe and quickly turned into a celebration of and elegy for a music culture that’s all but lost. The film features killer live performances from Richard Thompson, Mike Watt, Peter Case, Little Willie G and Thee Midniters, Dr. Demento, The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, and so much more. It’s a must-see for any music fan. (76 mins.)

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Tue, Oct 16, 2012
at 7 PM

THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN GAMMOND
GREAT BRITAIN, 2005

Narrated by Billy Bragg, Gammond’s film provides an in-depth history of the life and times of Woody Guthrie, with historical and rare documentary photos and footage, excerpts from more than 40 Guthrie compositions, and contemporary interviews with friends, family, and musicians, including son Arlo, daughter Nora, sister Mary Jo, close friends Pete Seeger and Jimmy Longhi, manager Harold Leventhal, biographer Ed Cray, and numerous Guthrie scholars. (160 mins.)

Sponsored by Portland FolkMusic Society.


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Wed, Oct 17, 2012
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LOU HARRISON: A WORLD OF MUSIC
DIRECTOR: EVA SOLTES
US, 2012

Born in Portland in 1917, legendary composer, artist, writer, environmentalist, and gay icon Lou Harrison followed his dream for more than seven decades, experimenting freely with Western and Eastern (especially gamelan) musical traditions and fashioning instruments to realize his pioneering musical pathways, while powerfully standing for social equity. In more than 300 compositions written for symphony orchestra, ballet, small chamber ensembles, and soloists, his collaborators included such diverse artists as Michael Tilson Thomas, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Keith Jarrett, Yo-Yo Ma, Dennis Russell Davies, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage. Soltes’ warm, intimate film, made over the course of two decades, is a fitting tribute to an inspirational visionary—human and musical. (90 mins.)

Director Eva Soltes in attendance.

Sponsored by KBOO.


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Wed, Oct 17, 2012
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SONNY ROLLINS: BEYOND THE NOTES
DIRECTOR: DICK FONTAINE
GREAT BRITAIN, 2012

2011 was the 82nd year in the extraordinary life of arguably the greatest saxophone player in the world: Sonny Rollins. Four decades ago, as a young filmmaker and aspiring musician, Dick Fontaine followed Rollins up onto the Williamsburg Bridge in Manhattan during one of his legendary escapes from the perils of “the jazz life.” Today, still resisting stereotype and compromise and revered by a new generation of young musicians, Rollins continues his single-minded search for meaning in his music and his life. Dick Fontaine’s film is built around the explosive energy of Sonny’s 80th birthday concert, where legendary figures Roy Haynes, Jim Hall, and Ornette Coleman join him to celebrate his journey so far, his music, and its future for a new generation. (60 mins.)

Sponsored by the Portland Jazz Festival.

FOLLOWED BY

ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA
DIRECTOR: SHIRLEY CLARKE
US, 1985
Jazz-like in structure, ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA combines old and new footage, dramatic sequences and interviews, and electronically processed video interludes to construct a portrait as complex and exciting as jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman himself. Clarke and Coleman worked together—the film is more of an artistic collaboration than a portrait—exploring his career and ideas about music, artistic creation, and life. Employing performance footage from 1968-1983 in Morocco, Nigeria, Berkeley, and Fort Worth (for a performance of his “Skies of America” with the Forth Worth Symphony), along with commentary from people as varied as William Burroughs Jr., Buckminster Fuller, Robert Palmer, and Coleman’s son Denardo, it remains essential viewing for Coleman fans. (90 mins.)

Sponsored by the Portland Jazz Festival.

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*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan (21+ only, please)




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Wed, Oct 17, 2012
at 9 PM

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DOWNTOWN EXPRESS
DIRECTOR: DAVID GRUBIN
US, 2011

Set in the world of Russian immigrants living in New York City, DOWNTOWN EXPRESS uses music to explore the clash of old world values against the lure and excitement of a new country. Under the watch of his loving but overbearing father, virtuoso violinist and Juilliard student Sasha (Grammy nominee Philippe Quint) prepares for a critical recital meant to catapult him to Carnegie Hall. Yet he is increasingly drawn to the rhythms of the streets of New York, and when he meets singer-songwriter Ramona (singer and musical dynamo Nellie McKay), he joins her downtown band, falls in love, and begins to lead a double life, careening frantically between two worlds. “The plot itself plays second fiddle to the brilliant sounds Sasha hears and plays under and aboveground ... The film is singular in that its art form is a central character, speaking and conveying much of the emotion and tension of the piece.”—Paste Magazine (90 mins.)

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Wed, Oct 17, 2012
at 10 PM

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AMY WINEHOUSE: THE DAY SHE CAME TO DINGLE
DIRECTOR: MAURICE LINNANE
GREAT BRITAIN, 2012

In 2006, on a stormy December night, Amy Winehouse flew to the remote, southwestern corner of Ireland to perform for “Other Voices,” an acclaimed Irish TV music series filmed in Dingle every winter. She took to the stage of Saint James’ Church, capacity 85, and wowed the small, packed crowd with a searing, acoustic set of songs from “Back to Black.” After leaving the stage, the relaxed and happy artist spoke about her music and influences—Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, and The Shangri-Las, to name a few. The BBC’s “Arena” program (see also TALES OF ROCK AND ROLL) joined forces with “Other Voices” and went back to Dingle to catch up with some of the people that Winehouse met on that day, weaving a program that showcases not only Winehouse herself, but the musical geniuses that inspired her to forge her own jazz pop style. (70 mins.)

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan (21+ only, please)


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Thu, Oct 18, 2012
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SOUNDBREAKER
DIRECTOR: KIMMO KOSKELA
FINLAND/GERMANY, 2011

An indescribable musician with an unbridled imagination, the legendary Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen transcends all musical boundaries and will make you forget anything you ever knew about the accordion. After six albums, collaborative projects with the likes of sampling guru Samuli Kosminen and the Kronos Quartet, as well as countless spine-tingling concerts, he continues to explore the possibilities of his custom-made amplified instrument while incorporating voice, sampled sound effects, and stunning visuals. Koskela’s film is an adventurous odyssey with an electrifying performer who gives new meaning to the term “iconoclast.” (88 mins.)

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Thu, Oct 18, 2012
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GIVE ME THE BANJO
DIRECTOR: MARC FIELDS
US, 2011

Narrated by banjo master Steve Martin, this lively documentary covers the full range of music that “America’s instrument” has helped to shape. Bringing together contemporary players—Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Dom Flemmon, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens, and Abigail Washburn, among many others—with folklorists, historians, instrument makers, and passionate amateurs, it tells the story of the banjo in all its richness and diversity. (90 mins.)

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Fri, Oct 19, 2012
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DOWNTOWN 81
DIRECTOR: EDO BERTOGLIO
US, 1981

This fanciful urban fairytale is an essential time capsule of post-punk club land in Lower East Side Manhattan in the early 1980s. The not yet famous artist Jean Michel Basquiat stars, along with such hipsters as John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, Vincent Gallo, Deborah Harry, and rap legend Melle Mel, as he makes his way in a scene exploding with new wave music, new painting, hip-hop, and graffiti. Among the leading bands of the era captured onscreen are Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, The Plastics, Walter Steding and the Dragon People, Suicide, and Basquiat’s own band, Gray. (73 mins.)

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Fri, Oct 19, 2012
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BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC
DIRECTOR: MANDY STEIN, BEN LOGAN
US, 2012

“Bad Brains is one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. It melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied. The band's impact and influence can be heard in groups like Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, and countless more. Despite the troubles of an eccentric frontman, Bad Brains has stayed together for 30 years without ever reaching the level of success so many think they deserve. Using rare archival footage and original comic illustrations, the film re-constructs Bad Brains’ rich and complicated history.”—South by Southwest (105 mins.)

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Sat, Oct 20, 2012
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EL MAESTRO RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS
DIRECTOR: DON MCGLYNN
DENMARK/US, 2012

Don McGlynn, whose past films highlight such greats as Howlin Wolf, Charles Mingus, Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon, and Louis Prima, turns his focus to acclaimed Spanish music conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Following de Burgos, now the chief conductor of the Danish Symphony Orchestra, for more than a year as he prepares for guest conducting appearances all over the world, we learn not only about a remarkable 60-year career, but about the craft of preparation and the art of making musical magic. (90 mins.)

With community support from Miracle Theatre Group.


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Sat, Oct 20, 2012
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SHINING NIGHT: A PORTRAIT OF COMPOSER MORTEN LAURIDSEN
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL STILLWATER
SWITZERLAND/US, 2012

America’s most frequently performed choral composer, Morten Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient whose work is infused with a singular mystic spirit. Exploring the relationship of art, nature, and spirituality, SHINING NIGHT reveals the composer through the lens of his love for the natural world together with his passion for music and literature, woven with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers, and friends. Filmed in California, Scotland, Germany, and Waldron Island, Wash., the documentary conveys the richness and breadth of the award-winning composer’s life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks: “Lux Aeterna,” “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Nocturnes” (“Sa Nuit D’Ete,” “Soneto de la Noche,” and “Sure on This Shining Night”), “Dirait-On,” and “Madrigali.” (73 mins.)

Sponsored by All Classical.fm.


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Sat, Oct 20, 2012
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WILD STYLE
DIRECTOR: CHARLIE AHEARN
US, 1983

The tale of a graffiti artist (played by legendary artist Lee Quinones) about to break into the big time, WILD STYLE captures New York at the dawn of hip-hop, with breakdancing, freestyle MCing, turntabilism, b-boying, legends like Fab 5 Freddy and Grandmaster Flash, and a once-in-a-lifetime old-school show in the East River Park. Regarded as the first hip-hop movie, the film features seminal figures of the period, including Fab 5 Freddy, Lady Pink, The Rock Steady Crew, The Cold Crush Brothers, and scratch mix master Grandmaster Flash. Voted one of the top ten rock and roll films of all time by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (92 mins.)

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Sat, Oct 20, 2012
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STAX REVUE: LIVE IN NORWAY 1967
DIRECTOR: NRK NORWEGIAN TELEVISION
NORWAY 1967/US 2007

From 1960-1968, Stax Records was the focal point of Southern soul music, featuring the distinctive sound of house band Booker T. and The MGs, one of the first racially integrated ensembles in popular music. Memphis soul became known as the “Stax Sound,” manifested on the recordings of such giants as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Arthur Conley, The Mar Keys, and Eddie Floyd. Unearthed in the vaults of Norwegian TV, this is the only surviving full-length film of the legendary 1967 Stax Revue, captured on the European tour that sparked the soul explosion. Beautifully shot with multiple cameras and quality sound, the electricity that European audiences experienced (from all of the above stars) remains as powerful as ever. (75 mins.)

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Sun, Oct 21, 2012
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DEFIANT REQUIEM
DIRECTOR: DOUG SHULTZ
US/CZECH REPUBLIC, 2012

DEFIANT REQUIEM tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp Terezin in Czechoslovakia. Led by imprisoned conductor Raphael Schächter, the Jewish inmates, including artists from all over central Europe, held on to their humanity by staging plays, composing operas, and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.

Their creative rebellion reached its peak when Schächter taught a choir of 150 inmates one of the world’s most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi’s Requiem, re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. The choir would ultimately confront the Nazis face to face ... and sing to them what they dare not say. For more than a decade, conductor and educator Murry Sidlin (formerly of the Oregon Symphony) dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezin. Now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations, and evocative animation, DEFIANT REQUIEM brings the incredible story of this artistic uprising to life. (86 mins.)

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Sponsored by the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center.


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Sun, Oct 21, 2012
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BIG EASY EXPRESS
DIRECTOR: EMMETT MALLOY
US, 2012

Malloy follows the bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show as they travel from California by train and embark on a six-stop tour that takes them ultimately to New Orleans. Whether playing before adoring crowds or jamming spontaneously against the scenic backdrop of rural American landscapes, these three bands showcase their remarkable talents, which are sumptuously captured with celebratory fervor. (67 mins.)

Sponsored by Oregon Music News.


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Mon, Oct 22, 2012
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THE KID
DIRECTOR: CHARLIE CHAPLIN
US, 1921

From stints playing guitar with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Chuck Berry, and other legends, to membership in John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, to collaborations with John Zorn and an unshakable association with Manhattan’s downtown avant-garde scene, to high-profile work with Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, acclaimed instrumentalist and composer Marc Ribot has been just about everywhere you could look at one time or another. Of late you’ll encounter his work quite frequently playing behind your favorite movies, with noteworthy work on films such as WALK THE LINE, THE DEPARTED, and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Tonight Ribot will perform his live accompaniment for a screening of THE KID, Chaplin’s first feature-length film, a sincere and heartwarming tale of the Tramp’s rescue of an abandoned child. (54 mins.)

THE KID will be shown for FREE with Chaplin's original score.


Unfortunately, Marc Ribot has had to cancel his tour and Reel Music performance due to family health issues. We hope to reschedule with him in the coming months. Please check our future schedules.

Sponsored by Search Party.


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Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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TALES OF ROCK & ROLL
DIRECTOR: ANTHONY WALL
GREAT BRITAIN, 1963

Produced for “Arena,” the BBC’s acclaimed music and performance showcase, each of these enthralling films tells the specific story behind a classic rock song while providing a broader history of the music we know by heart. HEARTBREAK HOTEL traces the macabre origins of the song that became Elvis’ first million seller. Written by schoolteacher Mae Axton and musician Tommy Duren, the song was based on an account of a real-life suicide (and note) found in a Miami hotel in 1955. The testimonies of many of The King’s closest friends and observers remember a man who walked his own “lonely street.” HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED is both a study of Bob Dylan’s formative years in Hibbing, Minn., and a musical and historical journey up and down—from Canada to New Orleans—one of America’s richest cultural highways. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE brings to life Lou Reed’s classic song celebrating transvestitism and New York City’s drug culture and illuminates the scene at Andy Warhol’s Factory and Max’s Kansas City, the notorious club at the center of the late ’60s New York underground. When he sang, “Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side …” he was not kidding. (130 mins.)

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan (21+ only, please)


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Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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THE GODMOTHER OF ROCK & ROLL: SISTER ROSETTA THARP
DIRECTOR: MICK CSAKY
GREAT BRITAIN, 2011

During the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe played a highly significant role in the creation of rock and roll, inspiring musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry. Her fans include Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant, to name a few. She may not be a household name, but this flamboyant African American gospel-singing superstar, with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly electrified guitar, was one of the most influential popular musicians of the 20th century. (60 mins.)

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan (21+ only, please)


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Thu, Oct 25, 2012
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DAVID AMRAM: THE FIRST 80 YEARS
DIRECTOR: LAWRENCE KRAMAN
US, 2011

Classical composer, French horn jazz player, world musician, collaborator with Beat icon Jack Kerouac—David Amram has squeezed more experience and music into his eight decades than several other men combined. As a jazz French horn player, Amram worked with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, and many others. In his classical work he has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music pieces and has written many scores for theater and film, including the original THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962), SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961), and the legendary Beat Generation film PULL MY DAISY (1959). (90 mins.)

Sponsored by All Classical.fm.


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Thu, Oct 25, 2012
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THEREMIN: AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY
DIRECTOR: STEVEN MARTIN
US, 1994

In 1920, Russian inventor Leon Theremin singlehandedly created the field of electronic music with the introduction of the world’s first electronic instrument, his futuristic Theremin. Amazingly played without being touched, the Theremin became an international sensation, but the inventor soon found himself exiled in Siberia by paranoid Stalinists who accused him and his music of being anti-Soviet. During his years in prison, Theremin had no idea his instrument was becoming a fundamental part of the sci-fi and thriller cinema vocabulary in the West, would be the inspiration for Robert Moog’s first electronic synthesizer, and would lead to the eventual merging of rock and electronics that revolutionized popular music. Martin’s film presents a fascinating, often times hilarious portrait of an astonishing personal and professional life set within the context of the political, social, and artistic upheavals of the 20th century. (80 mins.)

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Thu, Oct 25, 2012
at 9 PM

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HYPE!
DIRECTOR: DOUG PRAY
US, 1996

Twenty years ago, how did a few small bands from Seattle come to dominate the rock world and make “grunge” a pop culture phenomenon? HYPE! tells the story of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Girl Trouble, Supersuckers, 7 Year Bitch, and other bands that conquered the radio waves and spearheaded the “grunge” scene. Pray’s insightful and often wry take depicts a fertile musical community in which a distinctive sound and style grew largely because it was ignored, only to be brought down by opportunism, a devastating drug culture, and perhaps too many flannel shirts. Revealing (and often hilarious) interviews with bands and fans, producers and promoters, as well as key performances, offer fascinating insight into an influential period of music, and Northwest, history. (100 mins.)

*Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan (21+ only, please)


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Fri, Oct 26, 2012
at 7 PM

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THE BLASHFIELD STUDIO’S CLASSIC MUSIC VIDEOS
ESSENTIAL NORTHWEST

VISITING ARTISTS—In 1985, when MTV was in its most creative phase, producer Melissa Marsland sent Portland filmmaker Jim Blashfield’s cutout, Xerox-animated film SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES to the band Talking Heads, asking—out of the blue—if the studio could do a music video for them. The band’s response set in motion a series of groundbreaking music videos for Talking Heads, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Portland’s Nu Shooz, and others, all of which imaginatively expanded the genre and earned international acclaim. Visually innovative, conceptually engaging, and hugely labor intensive, the handcrafted, photo collage videos employed a virtual “Who’s Who” of Portland visual artists. Profiled in Connoisseur Magazine and elsewhere, the videos received numerous MTV nominations and awards, a Cannes Gold Lion, and a Grammy, among other accolades. Blashfield, Marsland, and others who worked on the videos will be on hand to show the work and to give a behind-the-scenes look at the production of what Rolling Stone Magazine counted among the best music videos ever made. (120 mins.)

Blashfield presents a workshop, “Suspicious Circumstances: Inside the Artistic Process,” at the School of Film on November 11 at 1 p.m.


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Sat, Oct 27, 2012
at 2 PM

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FOLLOW ME DOWN: PORTRAITS OF LOUISIANA PRISON MUSICIANS
DIRECTOR: BEN HARBERT
US, 2012

For generations, Southern prisons have been a key incubator of American music, from gospel, folk, and country to—most famously—the blues. Harbert’s exploration of music and culture focuses on the “serious, sad, and politically frustrating stories” of today’s prison inmates, revealing the role music plays in personal expression, entertainment, escape, and camaraderie behind bars. In his visits to three Louisiana prisons, Angola among them, Harbert reports, “I chose the musicians based on who they were as people rather than trying to offer a microcosm of the genre typology, and still ended up with a diverse representation—gospel, jazz, rap, heavy metal, country, and R&B.” (102 mins.)

Ben Harbert will introduce the film.


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Sat, Oct 27, 2012
at 4:30 PM

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WAGNER AND ME
DIRECTOR: PATRICK MCGRADY
GREAT BRITAIN, 2010

“WAGNER AND ME has two main strands: narrator Stephen Fry’s first ever visit to the holiest of holies, Bayreuth (his boyish enthusiasm for Wagner’s music and for Bayreuth is infectious), and the controversies that surround Wagner’s work, arising from the (ab)use of it by Hitler and the composer’s own descendants. This film is Fry’s opportunity to tackle that dilemma head-on—an attempt to salvage the music he loves from its dark association with the Nazis. If anything is structured to induce an appreciation of Wagner, this film is it. Just sit back and allow yourself to be immersed in the music, entranced by Fry’s voice, and dazzled by the beauty and sensuality of the images.”—Vancouver Film Festival. “Unmissable for fans of Wagner and a perfect introduction for everyone else.”—Cambridge Film Festival (89 mins.)

With community support from Portland Opera.


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Mon, Oct 29, 2012
at 7 PM

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THE DAYS OF EJD AND CONCERT SERVICES
Early Northwest Rock Night
DIRECTOR: CHUCK STENBERG
US, 2012

Those who went to rock concerts (“dances,” in the day) in Portland, Salem, and points in between in the 1960s and ’70s did so thanks to the efforts of Salem middle school teacher Ed Dougherty. Responding to the complaints of his students that there was nothing to do, Dougherty began organizing dances at the local armory, and soon teenagers from 100 miles around were finding their way to pioneering concerts featuring everyone from The Doors, The Dave Clark Five, Yardbirds, Sonny and Cher, Lovin’ Spoonful, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, and Three Dog Night, to Northwest icons like Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Wailers, and countless others. Told with vintage photos, posters and present-day interviews that have to stand for almost non-existent footage from the period—film/digital technology came too late to document the scene—this remembrance is a valuable salute to a regional music legacy. (108 mins.)

Sponsored by KZME.


Due to a scheduling conflict, the originally scheduled screening on Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mission Theater has been moved to Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium.


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