The Noise Pop Film Series: Feb. 16 - 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 7, 2012 10:54am | Post a Comment
As part of the celebration of 20 years of the Noise Pop Music Festival, the Noise Pop Film Series
will feature nine amazing new and essential films focused on music. Each film approaches the subject with a distinct voice and fresh perspective. With screenings at the Roxie and the Artists Television Access (ATA), each show is sure to be an event to remember. 

This year, you can check out all of the films (many featuring Q&A's with the directors and other special guests) for just $30 by getting the new Film Series Pass! It's quite a deal...just check out this schedule:

RE:GENERATION MUSIC PROJECT (Feb. 16 & Feb. 23, 8pm)
Five DJs turn the tables on the history of music. Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, these five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today's biggest musicians (Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Nas,Trombone Shorty and more) to discover how the musical past is influencing the future. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, 95 minutes.

BOB AND THE MONSTER (Feb. 22, 7pm)
Q&A with Director Keirda Bahruth & Producer Rick Ballard after the screening
Bob and the Monster is about a guy everybody wanted to be around until he became the guy everybody assumed had died. In the 1980s, Bob Forrest’s band, Thelonious Monster, was at the center of a music scene that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. The band’s raw sound, wild shows and deeply personal lyrics appealed directly to the young Los Angeles punk crowd. So did the drugs. Bob and the Monster transcends the stereotype of heroin addicted rock star and reveals a more personal message. Bob’s story is a living testament to the heights of human courage and the ability to shape your own destiny. Directed by Keirda Bahruth, 85 minutes.

HIT SO HARD (Feb. 22, 9pm)
Hit So Hard is the pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, the hard-hittinghit so hard patty schemel hole san francisco noise pop drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band Hole during its peak years. As a young girl who always knew she was “different” from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of Rolling Stone. But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected “slacker” generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side. An unprecedented and unflinching inside look at one of the '90s most crucial and controversial groups. Directed by P. David Ebersole, 103 minutes.

BLANK CITY (Feb. 23, 7pm)
Before HD there was Super 8. Before Independent Film there was Underground Cinema. And before New York there was...well, New York. Once upon a pre-Facebook time, before creative communities became virtual and viral, cultural movements were firmly grounded in geography. And the undisputed center of American—some would say international—art and film was New York City. In particular, downtown Manhattan in the late 1970’s and 80’s was the anchor of vanguard filmmaking. Directed by Celine Danhier, 94 minutes.

Blank City Official Trailer from Celine Danhier on Vimeo.

N.A.S.A. - THE SPIRIT OF APOLLO (Feb. 23, 9pm)
This film takes a look behind the making of N.A,S.A.'s globetrotting debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, and features a truly staggering array of talent: David Byrne, Karen O, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Nick Zinner, Lykke Li, M.I.A., Kanye West, George Clinton, Chuck D, Seu Jorge, and the RZA. The movie features design and animation collaborations by Syd Garon, Shepard Fairey, Splunny, Sage Vaughn, Marcel Dzama, The Date Farmers, Logan, Didiu Rio Branco, Three Legged Legs, and Lorenzo Fonda. Directed by Syd Garon and Sam Spiegel, 58 minutes.

Q&A with the filmmakers Robert G. Bralver, Jeff Broadway, and David Ferino after the screening
San Francisco Premiere
Gatling Pictures' Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story examines the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of Boston "low rock" band Morphine. From his Newton, Mass., roots to his travels across America and around the globe, Sandman left an indelible imprint as one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation. Along with revisiting the "unique and sultry sound" of his music, the film explores the meaning of family through this critically praised and personally conflicted singer, songwriter, and innovative instrumentalist. Directed by Robert Bralver and David Ferino, 83 minutes.

Q&A with director Xan Aranda after the screening
San Francisco Premiere
Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago - feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal "perfectly adapted to the music hall?" Andrew Bird: Fever Year is the first to capture Bird's precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances with collaborators Martin Dosh, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, and others. Directed by Xan Aranda, 81 minutes.

Official Trailer (2:45) from Andrew Bird: Fever Year on Vimeo.

San Francisco Premiere
Q & A with director Danny O'Connor after the screening
Millions of sales on both sides of the Atlantic, near bankruptcy, pills, thrills, spats, prats, successes, excesses, pick-me-ups and breakdowns; all spiraled together to create some of THE most defining music of the twentieth century. UPSIDE DOWN, produced and directed by Danny O’Connor, is the definitive and fully authorized documentary of the highs and lows of the UK’s most inspired, colorful and dissolute independent record label—Creation Records. Directed by Danny O' Connor, 101 Minutes.

DRAGONSLAYER (Feb. 25, 9:15pm)
DRAGONSLAYER documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of America’s economic collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, DRAGONSLAYER captures the life and times of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Set to the alternately roaring and dreamy soundtrack of bands from the indie labels Mexican Summer and Kemado Records—including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Golden Triangle, Jacuzzi Boys, Little Girls, Real Estate, The Soft Pack, Saviours, as well as DEATH and Thee Oh Sees—DRAGONSLAYER is a punk-rock manifesto to youth, love and learning to survive after the decline of western civilization. Directed by Tristan Petterson, 74 minutes.

DRAGONSLAYER (2011) OFFICIAL TRAILER from Animals of Combat on Vimeo.

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