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Mill Valley Film Festival Shows Riveting Music Docs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 17, 2017 07:13pm | Post a Comment

Mill Valley Film Festival

Amoeba Music is proud to co-present two music documentaries showing at the 40th Annual Mill Valley On The Sly, Sly and the Family StoneFilm Festival, which runs October 5-15. The Mill Valley Film Festival aims to bring inspirational feature and documentary films from around the world to captivate and motivate members of the San Francisco Bay Area community.

Catch these two riveting music docs, both a must for serious music connoisseurs:

On The Sly: In Search of the Family Stone
Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:00pm at CinéArts Sequoia
Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9pm at Century Larkspur
Part amateur sleuthing adventure, part chronicle of a legendary artist, On the Sly documents one man’s quest to discover what happened to the reclusive Sly Stone. Interviews with former bandmates, label execs, and music historians detail the story of Sly and the Family Stone and its once-charismatic, now-mysterious leader. Producer Patrick Sheehan in attendance.
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2fguP1Q

Third Mind Blues
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5:30pm at CinéArts Sequoia
Friday, Oct. 13 at 9pm at Lark Theater
The story of the final creative partnership in the career of The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek was a wonderful study in contrasts with blues guitarist and Bay Area musician Roy Rogers. Third Mind Blues is the special behind-the-scenes look at their playful, philosophical collaboration that invoked the SF Beat poets and decades of music history. Director Willian Tyler Smith in attendance.
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2xiTTza

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Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara at Oakland's Starline Social Club, September 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2017 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

The MATATU performance series presents Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara on Saturday, Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou MoctarSeptember 9th at 7:30pm at Oakland's Starline Social Club. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! A director's talk follows with filmmaker Chris Kirkley, plus the La Pelanga dance party!

In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album Anar – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, which became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 1-4 with DJ Spooky & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 14, 2017 07:20pm | Post a Comment

SF Silent Film Festival 2017

Join Amoeba Music in celebrating the 22nd year of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF)! SF Silent Film Festival 2017This year's fest runs June 1-4 at the Castro Theatre and presents many restorations, including three titles SFSFF had a hand in restoring: Silence (with Cinémathèque Française), The Three Musketeers (with MoMA), and a fragment of the lost Wallace Beery/Louise Brooks film Now We’re in the Air (with the Czech National Archive).

All films at SFSFF are accompanied with live music by extraordinary musicians. Favorites Alloy Orchestra, Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, Frank Bockius, Guenter Buchwald, Stephen Horne, Sascha Jacobsen, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and Donald Sosin are returning, and DJ Spooky will be making his SFSFF premiere!

All in all, this year's line-up contains 18 programs, 36 musicians, 9 countries, three new SFSFF restorations, two women directors, plus Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Lon Chaney, Sergei Eisenstein, Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd, Ernst Lubitsch, Anna Pavlova, Paul Robeson, Victor Sjöström, and much, much more!

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Marin County's DocLands Documentary Film Festival, May 10-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 1, 2017 07:56pm | Post a Comment

Doclands Film Festival

Presented by the California Film Institute, the inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival will run in Marin County May 10–14. DocLands is a non-competitive and inclusive festival that will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary.

Amoeba Music is proud to be part of the first-ever DocLands, sponsoring these two unique films:

NariNari
Wednesday, May 10, 7pm at Smith Rafael Film Center
DocLands Documentary Film Festival kicks off with the California premiere of Nari, a stunning short documentary blending film, archival footage, and animation accompanied by live narration and an original score featuring vocals, Indian percussion, and Gingger Shankar's unique double violin, with Carlo Ribaux on drums and Vivek Maddala on guitar and keyboard. Nari tells the life stories of the two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaboration with Ravi Shankar and The Beatles' George Harrison. Tickets.

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Happy Mother's Day: Serial Mom on Blu-ray!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2017 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Serial Mom

By Brent James

Just in time for Mother’s Day, John Waters’ 1994 wistful tale of a suburban supermom turned mass Serial Mom Blu-raymurderer, Serial Mom, is hitting the shelves May 9th in all of its remastered Blu-ray glory! Don't want to wait until then? Pre-order it now on Amoeba.com (and it'll ship to U.S. addresses for free).

Although not the trashiest of Waters’ films, Serial Mom takes the dark comedy route and steers it in all the filthy right places. We see Beverly Sutphin (portrayed by the ever amazing Kathleen Turner) send her kids off to school, with packed lunches and all, and then promptly march upstairs to conduct a series of obscene phone calls to her next-door neighbor -- all because she was cut off in the parking lot of Joann Fabrics.

It’s this immediate brilliance that sucks us into Beverly’s world. You see, she doesn’t pick her victims at random but rather targets the people that have caused her or her family grief. Selectively killing for not rewinding video tapes (it WAS ‘94 after all), or wearing white after Labor Day. In her eyes, she’s a superhero. It’s the ultimate love of a mother, only one that has crossed the lines that most of us never even step to. We think about it, but we don’t do it. Beverly Sutphin does it.

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