Northwest Film Forum Presents a Summer of Music Movies: Sex Pistols, Of Montreal, Drive By-Truckers & More"/>
Forty years ago this summer, the legendary third-annual Isle of Wight Festival hit the stage with some 600,000 screaming fans in attendance, the biggest ever rock festival in Europe. It was a chaotic affair that redefined festival madness. The attendees, most without tickets, descended on East Afton Farm, on the tiny unsuspecting English Channel island, to hear the likes of The Who, Jimi Hendrix (in his last live festival performance; he died 18 days later in London), Jethro Tull, the Moody Blues, Miles Davis, Joan Baez, the Doors (in their final U.K. gig with Jim Morrison), Joni Mitchell and Sly and the Family Stone.40 Years On: Murray Lerner's Isle of Wight Films will run at NWFF from May 21-27; Lerner himself will be in attendance from the 22nd through the 24th. Click here to go to NWFF's website for ticket info and showtimes.
Click through to see the rest of the schedule for NWFF's music movies this summer, including documentaries on the Sex Pistols, Lambchop, Of Montreal, and more.
The urge to self-mythologize is written into rock's DNA and in 1978 the Sex Pistols' story-who did what for whom, and why-was still up for grabs. The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle is manager Malcolm McLaren's attempt to write himself into history as the band's creator, manipulator and ideologue, and to steal back from the music industry what he felt it had stolen from rock 'n' roll. With the recent passing of McLaren, we thought it a fitting tribute to screen Julien Temple's bizarre and hilarious fictional documentary that charts the rise and fall of punk's most notorious band through the eyes of its calculating manager.
NY Export: Opus Jazz
In NY Export: Opus Jazz, the New York City Ballet takes dancing to the streets. The film is a scripted adaptation of a 1958 "ballet in sneakers" by Jerome Robbins, a companion piece to his legendary West Side Story, that tells an abstract tale of disaffected urban youth. Shot on location all over New York City on anamorphic 35mm, the film returns the original choreography to the streets that inspired it and stars an ensemble cast of dancers from the New York City Ballet.
June 30-July 1
Lambchop: Live at XX Merge
June 30-July 1
Lambchop has been on the Merge label since 1993, releasing a string of widely varied but consistently brilliant records. But the live Lambchop experience has been somewhat elusive in the U.S. For Merge's 20th anniversary, Lambchop performed live and the show was captured in this great concert video.
Pat Spurgeon is founder, drummer and (with his cartoonish afro) most recognizable member of the Oakland-based indie rock band Rogue Wave. He's charismatic, funny, big-hearted ... and has only one kidney, which is failing. Pat's search for a new organ (he's on a six-year waiting list) and his inspiring ability to balance health and work form the center of Jim Granato's remarkable documentary. Despite battling ongoing kidney issues, Pat wants to gig--it's all he's ever wanted--so the band hits the road on what they dub their D(ialysis) Tour.
of Montreal: Family Nouveau
of Montreal: Family Nouveau follows the band's 2009 European Tour, documenting their whimsical world of sacrificial pigs, dance-floor ninjas, late-night karaoke and push-ups ... lots of push-ups.
This is a film about the redemptive power of rock 'n' roll. It's also a film about the American South, where rock was born, and a band straddling the borders of rock, punk and country. It's about making art, making love and making a living. In short, it's about the Drive-By Truckers.
Vincent Moon Retrospective
His real name is Mathieu Saura, but it's under the name of Vincent Moon that music fans from all over the world know the 30-year-old filmmaker, who has reinvented the music video as a documentary. After studying under photographers Michael Ackerman and Antoine D'Agata, the young music aficionado became increasingly interested in moving images. The combination of music and film could easily have ended in MTV-land. But according to Moon, the usual music video has long been stuck in this limited marketing world.