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