NWFF Screens Retrospective of Vincent Moon Music Documentaries--and Commissions a New One in Seattle

Beirut plays in the garage of an ice cream truck in the film Cheap Magic Inside by Vincent Moon. It'll be showing at Northwest Film Forum tonight at 8 p.m. Moon will be at the screening.

Video killed the radio star, but a true film brings to life the stories behind real musicians. Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill is featuring a series of films by acclaimed French music documentarian Vincent Moon (born Mathieu Saura) for a week starting tonight. He'll be present at each screening, and while he's in town, he'll be shooting another one-take film featuring Seattle musicians.

No word yet on who or what, exactly, Moon will be shooting throughout his visit. Those details will be figured out after Moon arrives tonight, according to NWFF Programs Director Adam Sekuler via e-mail. He'll also be teaching a workshop on Saturday afternoon on documenting musicians.

Beirut is the subject of tonight's feature, an hour-long, one-shot capture of the band playing the songs of Flying Club Cup in various spots in Brooklyn. The rest of the week includes includes documentaries on Arcade Fire, R.E.M. and a Japanese folk cult star known as "the screaming philosopher."

Monday night's Mogwai double-feature includes Burning, a performance of the band in Williamsburg, and Adelia I Want To Love, the intertwined tale of a 90-year-old woman who has never been to a concert and Mogwai's frontman as he prepares for a festival.

Vincent Moon will also be shooting a one-shot film in Seattle
Moon, who's known best for his contributions to La Blogotheque, creates films of a unique aesthetic that often uses raw one-take extended shots and handheld camera work, favoring rich stories over fawning glamorization, passion and vulnerability over commercial appeal. His series of Take Away Shows, the most recent of which will premiere at NWFF on Sunday, are short musical portraits of bands performing in spaces as strange and intimate as stairways, bathrooms and backyards.

Most screenings start at 8 p.m. For more information, see the Northwest Film Forum website.

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