How Did It Feel?

Dylan’s electric apostasy, on film

Oscar-winning director Murray Lerner has made documentaries about Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Isaac Stern, the Who, and the Doors. In other words, the man knows what he's doing. His latest film, The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, thankfully forgoes fussy narration about the artist's historical and political importance for lots and lots of concert footage dating from 1963 to 1965. The doc's centerpiece is video from Dylan's first set with electric instruments, a move that shocked many of his hard-core folk supporters at the time and that marked a major transitional period in his career. While The Other Side is already on DVD, buying a ticket to see "Like a Rolling Stone" on the big screen is a bargain. A discussion with Lerner will take place following tonight's screening, so have your geeky filmmaking/'60s-music questions ready. Lerner will also introduce the film. JBL Theater (at EMP), 325 Fifth Ave. N., 1-877-EMP-SFM1. $5. 7 p.m. Also: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Fri., March 21–Sun., March 23.

Wed., March 19, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., 2008

 
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