Don't Knock The Rock Fest Continues With 'Beautiful Noise'

Posted by Billy Gil, July 7, 2014 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Cinefamily’s Don’t Knock the Rock fest continues this week with the shoegaze documentary Beautiful Noise. Although this Thursday’s screening is sold out, the festival has added another screening Thursday July 17 at 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 and you can get them here.

Beautiful Noise documents the devolopment of the shoegaze music scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s, featuring interviews with such luminaries of the genre as de facto shoegaze godfather Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), members of shoegaze progenitors Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and shoegazers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Catherine Wheel and The Boo Radleys (aka all of our favorite bands). Director Eric Green and producer Sarah Ogletree got the film funded through Kickstarter, raising $84,740 from 1,511 backers to pay for the licensing and distribution costs, according to Rollingstone. Watch the trailer below:

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Don't Knock the Rock 2013 is coming

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 18, 2013 09:00pm | Post a Comment
Don't Knock the Rock is a film festival that's taken place now for ten years. Each year filmmaker Allison Anders (Gas, Food Lodging, Grace of My Heart, and Mi Vida Loca) and her daughter, Tiffany, curate probably the best film festival of its sort in Los Angeles, focusing on rare or new music documentaries about personality-driven cult bands and under-exposed music movements and scenes.

Last year I attended the screening of Jobriath A.D. (2012). The year before I was at The Beat Is The Law: Fanfare For The Common (2010), the sequel to 2001's Made In Sheffield -- about the independent music scenes of Sheffield, UK. All screenings take place at The Silent Movie Theatre in Fairfax Village (on the border between the Fairfax District and Beverly Grove) and are hosted by Michael Des Barres of the TV series MacGyver.


This year there are two films showing on the opening night (30 August) for which I've already procured my tickets and will quite likely be first in line -- and additionally violate my own rule against watching two films in the same day AND break my  strict 10:00 pm bedtime -- Lawrence of Belgravia and Autoluminescent.


The first film is Lawrence of Belgravia, a 2011 documentary directed by Paul Kelly (of Birdie and East Village -- not the Aussie singing/songwriting institution) about Lawrence of the bands Felt, Supermarket, Denim, and Go-Kart Mozart (as well as songwriter for Shampoo). For those unfamiliar, Lawrence is -- without exaggeration -- one of the greatest things to come out of England ever.

It took Kelly eight years to complete and isn't available on any sort of video currently. For fans wanting more about Lawrence, seek out the David Cavanagh's The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize (2001) and Will Hodgkinson's Song Man: A Melodic Adventure, or My Single-minded Approach to Songwriting (2006), two books which have graced Amoeba's shelves in the past. 7:30 -- 86 min.


Autoluminescent is a 2011 documentary directed by Richard Lowenstein (Dogs in Space) and Lynn-Maree Milburn about Rowland S. Howard, a beautiful, bat-like waif who was my favorite (I'm putting The TriffidsEvil Graham Lee in a separate category for "Aussie steel guitarists") guitarist to come from Australia.

He famously brought his song "Shivers" from his band The Young Charlatans to Nick Cave's Boys Next Door and in doing so helped transform them into something worth listening too before moving on to The Tuff Monks, Crime + The City Solution, These Immortal Souls and collaborations with Lydia Lunch, Jeremy Gluck, and Nikki Sudden. He tragically passed away at just 50-years-old in 2009. 9:40 -- 110 min.

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