THE NOISE POP FILM FESTIVAL

The Noise Pop Film Festival focuses on films that embrace and reflect independent music and culture.
Each Feature Film will be preceded by a short "Best of Noise Pop 2008"
performance video, brought to you by Wolfgang's Vault.

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - (87 min.)

The Roxie WEDNESDAY, FEB 25, 7:00 PM - BUY TICKETS

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison examines the most important day in the career of one of America’s foremost popular artists. It was January 1968, a year that would be saturated in violence and historical change. Cash’s 1968 concert at Folsom State Prison in California and the ensuing album became a symbol of the late 1960s and transformed his career. Drawing from rock photographer Jim Marshall’s stark images of that day, rare archival footage, as well as exclusive interviews with participants and observers, the film traces Cash’s rocky road that led to the concert and the torrent of stardom and political debate that came after it. Directed by Bestor Cram. Q&A with Photographer Jim Marshall and Jim Brown, Folsom Prison Museum Director


Ashes of American Flags - (88 min.)

The Roxie WEDNESDAY, FEB 25, 9:15 PM - BUY TICKETS

Ashes of American Flags is a new film presenting the Chicago band Wilco live in concert during their 2008 tour. Filmed and recorded from five quintessentially American concert venues - Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, The Mobile, AL Civic Center, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. – the film captures the spirit, energy and poignancy of a Wilco concert and tour. Ashes of American Flags intersperses interviews with band members and day-in-the-life footage as the band travels across the U.S.

 

Ashes of American Flags was shot in HD and is a Trixie Production in association with Nonesuch Records and dBpm, Inc. Q&A with director/producers Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Christoph Green after the screening.

 


Of All the Things - (85 min.)

Artist's Television Access THURSDAY, FEB 26, 7:00 PM - BUY TICKETS

Dennis Lambert was one of the most successful songwriter/producers of the ‘70s and ‘80s, with hits like “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Baby Come Back”,and “Nightshift”. At one point four of his songs were simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat previously accomplished only by The Beatles. That was then. Today, he’s a 60-year-old family man selling real estate in Florida. But it turns out his obscure 1972 solo album is huge… in the Philippines. A Filipino concert promoter has been begging Dennis to tour for decades, and in 2007 (thirty-five years after the release of his album) he finally agreed. "A thoroughly engaging doc ... a celebration of contributions by an unsung hero of pop culture." VARIETY. Q&A with director Jody Lambert after the screening.


Largo - (87 min.)

Artist's Television Access THURSDAY, FEB 26, 9:00 PM - BUY TICKETS

An intimate club nestled away on a busy Hollywood street, Largo has garnered a reputation among performers and fans alike as a place where what's on stage truly matters. This respect for the artists and their work carries over in this film by club owner Mark Flanagan and filmmaker Andrew van Baal. Circumventing flashy MTV-style lensing or editing, Largo places its focus squarely on the musicians and comedians onstage—no self-important interviews or backstage antics here—allowing the performances to truly shine through. Featuring: Aimee Mann, Andrew Bird, Fiona Apple, Grant-Lee Phillips, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Fred Armisen and more. Directed by Mark Flanagan and Andrew van Baal. Introduction by director Andrew van Baal.


Agile Mobile Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams - (87 min.)

Artist's Television Access FRIDAY, FEB 27, 7:00 PM - BUY TICKETS

Andre Williams has recorded hit records, written hit songs and worked with legends of the industry: Berry Gordy, Ike Turner and Stevie Wonder to name just a few. Andre has also struggled throughout his life with addiction, poverty, homelessness and the legal system. Throughout his 72 years, Andre has never stopped driving his creative visions forward, regardless of cost or con- sequence. The consequences turn out to be severe as his addictive history catches up with him. His decisions become a choice between life and death. Directed by Tricia Todd and Eric Matthies.


Gogol Bordello Non-Stop: A Gypsy-Punk documentary - (87 min.)

Artist's Television Access FRIDAY, FEB 27, 9:00 PM - BUY TICKETS

From the birth of a New York City downtown Ruso-disco phenomena, known as the Bulgarian Bar, to a non-stop touring marathon, with his band Gogol Bordello, Eugene Hütz takes us deep into his artistic foundation. The story unfolds from 2001 to 2006, following Gogol's steps from underground legends to international attention. Directed by Margarita Jimeno.


Seven Signs: Music, Myth and the American South - (54 min.)

Artist's Television Access SATURDAY, FEB 28, 2:00 PM - BUY TICKETS

Seven Signs focuses on the music, mythology and faith that persist, despite heavy modernization, in the American South. The documentary also marks the directorial debut for J.D. Wilkes, from the Legendary Shack Shakers, lauded by ALARM magazine as “the closest thing there is to the Ambassador of Genuine, Traditional Southern Culture.” Wilkes also contributes to the chilling Seven Signs soundtrack... alongside the rawest talent The Delta and Appalachia have to offer. With these strong southern roots, the filmmaker has made a profound, empathetic statement that celebrates the eccentricities and traditions of an increasingly marginalized area of America. Directed by J.D. Wilkes.


Followed by the short film:
Soldiers Under Command

Stryper was the first Christian rock band to successfully cross over into the mainstream music scene, selling 9 million records during the course of their career. The band broke up in 1993. Ten years later, they agreed to play a one-time show at a Christian rock expo outside Los Angeles, California. Will the band get back together? Does God want the band to reunite? Written by James Reid, Matt Luem, Greg Fiering


I Need That Record: The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store (77 min.)

Artist's Television Access SATURDAY, FEB 28, 4:00 PM - Presented by Streetlight Records - BUY TICKETS

I Need That Record explores the reasons why over 3,000 independently owned record shops have closed in the past decade through interviews with Ian MacKaye, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Glenn Branca, Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Bryan Poole (Of Montreal), punk writer Legs McNeil, philosopher Noam Chomsky, and plenty of indie record store workers from across the country. "I Need That Record" tells the story of our connection to independent record stores and the importance of independent thought and culture. Q&A with the director Brendan Toller after the screening.

Loki: Arnaldo Baptista - (120 min.)

Artist's Television Access SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2:00 PM - BUY TICKETS

Cinebiography of the notorious musician Arnaldo Baptista, former lead singer of the band Os Mutantes. The artist portrays his life in painting, while remarkable archive footage illustrates the career of this great Brazilian rock star. Interviews with Tom Zé, Gilberto Gil, Devendra Banhart, Sean Lennon and others. Directed by Paulo Henrique Fontenelle.


Nightflight: Born Again - (90 min.)

Artist's Television Access SUNDAY MARCH 1, 4:15 PM - BUY TICKETS

Nightflight was the ultimate 1980's counter-culture music and variety program. From 1981 to 1988 It provided 8 hours of off-the-wall television every Friday and Saturday night. Nightflight wa a daring mix of rock concert films, independent movies, the latest music videos from around the world, bloopers, video art, interviews and cult classics, all mixed with the weird the wild and the wonderful. Nightflight: BORN AGAIN is a special journey back to the video vaults to showcase the unique mix of the visually exciting, musically innovative and culturally subversive programming that made up Nightflight.

 

Featuring interviews with: B.B. King, Frank Zappa, Devo, Ozzie Osbourne, Boy George, Freddie Mercury, Grace Jones, Kiss, Lou Reed, Simon Le Bon and many more! Directed by Stuart Samuels.