NOISE POP FILM SERIES

The Noise Pop Film Series runs concurrent with the music festival at various theaters throughout San Francisco. The series, co-curated by SCORED, celebrates sound & music in film and features amazing new and essential films, all focusing on music and each approaching the subject with a distinct voice and fresh perspective. Please stay tuned for news on the Noise Pop Film Series at Noise Pop 2013!

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2012
Dir Charles Atlas
TRT 79 min.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Turning: A Music Documentary by Charles Atlas
featuring Antony & The Johnsons
Q&A with director Charles Atlas to follow
Roxie Theater / 7pm / $10

The indelible music of Antony and the Johnsons has won the admiration of Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, and others. Turning captures the band in concert collaborating with the filmmaker Charles Atlas (The Legend of Leigh Bowery), celebrating 13 women taking the stage who, like Antony himself, are not easily categorized personas. Whether they are androgynous, transgender, covered in makeup or bare skinned, what is important is that all have stories to tell about the hard-won struggle to be themselves, expressed with the transcendent power of Antony’s music. The film takes the viewer into the world of Antony and the Johnsons as they tour their astonishing live concert/performance work, Turning. At its center are a series of intimate interviews with the women who performed this extraordinary show with Antony. Their stories combine with Antony’s mesmerizingly emotional songs to create a powerful journey of struggle and hope.

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2012
Dir Justin Mitchell
TRT 101 min.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Sketchfest Presents See A Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould Q&A with director Justin Mitchell & Bob's manager Jordan Kurland
Roxie Theater / 9pm / $10

Last November at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, some of today's most influential artists gathered to celebrate the music of Bob Mould. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Ryan Adams, No Age, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Margaret Cho with Grant Lee Phillips, and Jessica Dobson (The Shins, Deep Sea Diver) all performed songs from Bob's historic catalog. Fortunately, the entire evening was captured in stunning audio and high-quality video quality by filmmaker Justin Mitchell. Justin and his camera crew followed Bob and the other artists meticulously throughout their day catching the rehearsals, preparation, interactions—and of course the night’s unforgettable performances.

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2012
Dir Keith Jones
       Deon Maas
TRT 82 min.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013 Punk in Africa Q&A with Producer Jefe Brown
Artists' Television Access / 7pm / $10

PUNK IN AFRICA traces this until-now untold story from its roots in the underground rock music of early 1970s Johannesburg, the first multi-racial punk bands formed in the wake of the Soweto Uprising and the militant anti-apartheid hardcore and post-punk bands of the 1980s to the rise of celebratory African-inspired ska bands which sprang up from Cape Town to Maputo in the democratic era of the 1990s. Today, an emerging generation of bands continue to draw on this legacy to confront the political challenges of contemporary Zimbabwe and the uncertain identity issues of the Afrikaans minority in South Africa as the scene also begins to spread across the rest of the African continent.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 & Sunday, March 3, 2013 Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis A film by Roddy Bogawa about the life and work of legendary album art designer Storm Thorgerson This man has likely designed 80% of your classic vinyl record collection!

For over 40 years using album covers as his canvas, Storm has created many of the most iconic images in music from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy to Peter Gabriel, 10cc, Black Sabbath, Paul McCartney and later for Biffy Clyro, Muse, Mars Volta, Anthrax, Audioslave and The Steve Miller Band. Eschewing digital manipulation in favor of building massive sets, staging performances and “doing it for real” in what he calls 'mind movies' and 'photo paintings,' Storm has deliriously and relentlessly confounded expectations of the role of the album cover at the intersection of art and commerce.

Enjoy never seen film and photo of the epic productions while going back to the original sites—the Burbank Studio lot with the businessman on fire for Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and the Battersea Power Station, London for the flying pig Animals shoot as Storm recounts the creative processes and methods in their production.

As a film documenting Storm’s philosophies, (a record cover should parallel themes in the music rather than illustrate), idiosyncratic processes (dragging 765 wrought iron beds onto a beach) and his disdain for the limitations of commercial marketing in the pursuit of one’s artistic vision (the design for Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door featured 6 different versions all hidden in a brown paper bag sleeve), Taken by Storm is also a film about one man’s artistic journey amidst technological change and its affect on image-making and our collective memory and culture.


Pre-screening reception Thursday, February 28th from 6–8pm at the San Francisco Art Exchange.

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2012
Dir Gorman Bechard
TRT 89 min.
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Friday, March 1, 2013 What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf Live at Cat's Cradle Artists' Television Access / 7pm / $10

Indie rock icons the Archers of Loaf reunited in 2011, and during the course of their reunion tour played two hometown concerts at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC. Combining in-your-face concert footage along with rare interviews of the band, this film by director Gorman Bechard documents those concerts, and captures the excitement and explosive energy of what it’s like to see this extraordinary band perform live.

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2012
Dir Benjamen Logan
       Mandy Stein
TRT 104 min.
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Friday, March 1, 2013 Bad Brains: A Band in DC Artists' Television Access / 9pm / $10

The Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. They melded punk and reggae into a innovative style that has yet to be copied. Their impact and influence can be heard in groups like Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction and countless more. Despite the troubles of a eccentric front man they have stayed together for 30 years without ever reaching the level of success so many think they deserve. Using rare archival footage and original comic illustrations the film re-constructs Bad Brains' rich and complicated history.

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2012
Dir Antonino D'Ambrosio
TRT 88 min.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013 Let Fury Have the Hour Q&A with director Antonino D'Ambrosio
Artists' Television Access / 2pm / $10

"Let fury have the hour—anger can be power—Do you know how you can use it?" The Clash

Rough, raw and unapologetically inspirational, Let Fury Have the Hour is a charged journey into the heart of the creative counter-culture. In a time of global challenges, big questions and by-the-numbers politics, this upbeat, outspoken film tracks the story of the artists, writers, thinkers and musicians who have gone underground to re-imagine the world—honing in on equality, community and engaged creativity—in exuberantly paradigm-busting ways.

Writer/filmmaker/visual artist Antonino D’Ambrosio unites 50 powerful, of-the-moment voices—from iconic street artist Shepard Fairey to rapper Chuck D to playwright Eve Ensler to musicians Sean Hayes, Tom Morello and Billy Bragg to novelist Edwidge Danticat to filmmaker John Sayles to comic Lewis Black—who share personal and powerful tales of how they transformed anger and angst into provocative art and ideas. Mix-mastered with historical footage, animation and performances, D’Ambrosio presents a visceral portrait of a generation looking to re-jigger a system that has failed to address the most pressing problems of our times…or human potential.

Antonino on creative response: "A person engaged in creative-response is someone who can invent a powerful new idea—whether a melody, a poem, a political idea—that changes how we think about and see the world. Moreover, creative-response is less a counter-narrative or alternative view, than it is a more accurate telling of our problems and how to respond—in an impactful, meaningful way—to those issues."

Be sure to catch Antonino D'Ambrosio interviewed by Shepard Fairey and special live music guest Sean Hayes in We Own the Future: How Creative Response Transforms Our World.