Sound + Vision 2014

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July 31 - August 6

The second edition of Sound + Vision—a documentary series exploring a range of musical artists, genres, and styles—offers both exciting premieres and retrospectives. This year’s subjects include a Japanese trance didgeridoo player, the seminal atmospheric bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a Mexican acoustic duo who combine thrash metal and flamenco, and music created on 1980s video-game hardware. On the occasion of their 30th anniversaries, we will present Tosca’s Kiss, a delightful look at a retirement home for Italian opera singers, and Stop Making Sense, the classic Talking Heads concert film—both digitally restored. And on August 2 join us for a special live appearance by New York band Glass Ghost, who combine digital imagery with their sounds.

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Please note: Live performances and free events are excluded from the package.

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Beautiful Noise

Beautiful Noise

Eric Green | 2014 | 87 mins

Opening Night

Q&A with filmmakers Eric Green and Sarah Ogletree

This doc tells the story of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and other underground groups from late-1980s and early-1990s whose groundbreaking music inspired generations of bands to come.

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Thursday, July 31

7:00pm
Pulp

Pulp

Florian Habicht | 2014 | 90 mins

Closing Night

Q&A with filmmaker Florian Habicht

The iconic band Pulp reunited for a 2012 “final” concert in their hometown of Sheffield. Live footage combined with fan-on-the-street interviews reveal a genuinely affectionate relationship between townspeople and the band they call their own.

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Wednesday, August 06

8:30pm
Live Performance: Amkoullel

Live Performance: Amkoullel

Amkoullel is one of the most talented Malian Afro-pop musicians of his generation, creating musical collages from traditional African instruments, jazz, and rock. He has emerged as a socially engaged artist, by articulating powerful messages of unity, democracy and political change in Mali.

Special ticket price: $8

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Sunday, August 03

4:30pm
Live Performance: Dragons of Zynth

Live Performance: Dragons of Zynth

Local indie-rock band Dragons of Zynth (D.O.Z.) perform their ethereal rhythms and melodies. D.O.Z. gained early attention for their live show opening for TV on the Radio and later collaborating with Massive Attack.

Special ticket price: $8

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Wednesday, August 06

10:30pm
Live Performance: Glass Ghost – LYFE™

Live Performance: Glass Ghost – LYFE™

Brooklyn-based band Glass Ghost explores the convergence of technological mediation and music through live conceptual, participatory concerts accompanied by projected images.

Special ticket price: $15 General Public / $12 Student, Senior & Member

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Tuesday, August 05

8:30pm
The 78 Project Movie

The 78 Project Movie

Alex Steyermark | 2014 | 96 mins

Free and open to the public!

Q&A and live recording session with filmmakers Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright

The 78 Project Movie chronicles a journey across the U.S. to record musicians performing the early American songs that inspired a century of popular music—instantaneously, on one-of-a-kind 78 rpm lacquer discs.

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Tuesday, August 05

6:30pm
Baroque Duet

Baroque Duet

Susan Froemke | Peter Gelb | Pat Jaffe | Albert Maysles | 1992 | 78 mins

Q&A with filmmaker Peter Gelb

Opera star Kathleen Battle and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis unite to explore 17th-century baroque music. Visits to their roots provide depth and focus to the film’s final performance of Bach and Handel.

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Saturday, August 02

4:00pm
Brasslands

Brasslands

Meerkat Media Collective | 2013 | 84 mins

Q&A with filmmakers Meerkat Media Collective

A New York–based Balkan brass band travels to a tiny Serbian village to take part in the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest trumpet competition. Their opponents: the reigning Serbian champs and a struggling Romani band.

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Sunday, August 03

4:30pm
Europe in 8 Bits

Europe in 8 Bits

Javier Polo | 2013 | 75 mins

Q&A and live performance by Bit Shifter and Binärpilot

Exploring the world of chipmusic, the stars of this new movement reveal how they turn old videogame hardware into tools capable of creating original sounds, modern tempos, and innovative musical styles.

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Sunday, August 03

9:00pm
Flashback Memories 3D

Flashback Memories 3D

Tetsuaki Matsue | 2012 | 72 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Q&A and live performance by GOMA

This trippy portrait of Japanese didgeridoo player Goma, who suffered partial memory loss following a car accident in 2009, combines archival performance footage and psychedelic 3-D images to evoke his fractured memory and emotional loss.

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Friday, August 01

7:00pm
For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Alejandro Franco | 2014 | 83 mins

Two metal musicians from Mexico City hit the road and end up busking in Dublin, where their newly developed, acoustic mix of flamenco, salsa, and hard rock launches them to stardom.

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Thursday, July 31

9:15pm

Wednesday, August 06

6:30pm
Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archive

Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archive

| 75 mins

Free and open to the public!

A collection of performance clips from featuring rare footage of such icons as Hank Williams, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, Leadbelly, the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Staples Singers, and more.

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Saturday, August 09

1:00pm

Saturday, August 09

4:00pm
Journey to Jah

Journey to Jah

Noël Dernesch | Moritz Springer | 2013 | 92 mins

Journey to Jah follows two European reggae musicians for seven years as they move to the Caribbean to start anew and search for a spiritual home far from the world they grew up in.

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Sunday, August 03

7:00pm
The Last Song Before the War

The Last Song Before the War

Kiley Kraskouskas | 2013 | 90 mins

Q&A with Malian rapper Amkoullel

The annual Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu draws musicians and audiences from all over the world, but since Islamic militants declared music forbidden in Northern Mali, the 2011 edition depicted in this documentary may be its last.

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Sunday, August 03

2:30pm
Mateo

Mateo

Aaron Naar | 2014 | 88 mins

Q&A with filmmaker Aaron Naar

During a stint in jail, a young man from New Hampshire learns Spanish and mariachi standards, transforming himself into something of a star as the “Gringo Mariachi.”

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Monday, August 04

9:00pm
Message by Music: Senegal in Transition

Message by Music: Senegal in Transition

Cornelia Strasser | 2013 | 76 mins

U.S. Premiere

Message by Music introduces us to a renowned rapper with Pan-Africanist sensibilities and juxtaposes his political message with that of the more traditional Senegalese singers called griots.

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Saturday, August 02

2:00pm
My Way

My Way

Dominique Mollee | Vinny Sisson | 2012 | 93 mins

Q&A with subject Rebekah Starr

Eyes firmly set on Hollywood, Rebekah Starr leaves her small Pennsylvania town with her Estonian bandmate for a cross-country road trip. Along the way they makes friends with fans as well as rock greats like Guns N’ Roses and Poison.

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Saturday, August 02

9:00pm
Passinho Dance Off: The Movie

Passinho Dance Off: The Movie

Emílio Domingos | 2013 | 73 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker Emílio Domingos, writer Júlia Mariano, and dancer Cebolinha

Passinho, a new dance style combining elements of pop, break dancing, and samba, rises up from Rio’s favelas with the help of viral videos, injecting a fresh optimism in the city's youth.

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Saturday, August 02

6:30pm
Shield and Spear

Shield and Spear

Petter Ringbom | 2014 | 89 mins

Q&A with filmmaker Petter Ringbom

South African artists take on charged topics such as political corruption, race, poverty, and discrimination in this vibrant documentary where art, politics, and cultures collide.

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Tuesday, August 05

9:00pm
Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

Jonathan Demme | 1984 | 88 mins

Q&A with David Byrne of Talking Heads

Thirty years on, Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking Talking Heads concert film is just as visually (who can forget David Byrne’s big suit?) and aurally stunning as ever.

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Friday, August 01

9:00pm
Tosca’s Kiss

Tosca’s Kiss

Daniel Schmid | 1984/2014 | 87 mins

A favorite among opera and music lovers everywhere, Tosca’s Kiss enters the world of the first nursing home for retired opera singers as they relive and reenact their triumphant roles of the glorious past.

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Sunday, August 03

12:30pm
The Winding Stream

The Winding Stream

Beth Harrington | 2014 | 90 mins

Free and open to the public!

Q&A with filmmaker Beth Harrington

The tale of the dynasty at the very heart of country music, this film traces the ebb and flow of the influence of the original Carter Family—A.P., Sara, and Maybelle—and their transformation into the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle.

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Monday, August 04

6:30pm
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