Noise Pop 2008


The Noise Pop Film Festival expands this year to bring you the best and most cutting edge in music and independent culture documentaries, videos and features. Each Noise Pop feature film will be preceded by a handful of short film and video pieces - compelling music videos from local indie bands, selections from the amazing La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows - featuring bands shot performing live in one shot in an unusual urban settings, plus short comedy films from the geniuses at Funny or Die and the rock 'n' roll critic's critic's critic, Teddy Headphones.


WED 2/27, 7:00pm - Roxie - TICKETS»

HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. After starring in a film that was critically bashed, Jamie Kennedy takes on hecklers and critics and ask some interesting questions of people such as George Lucas, Bill Maher, David Cross, Rob Zombie and many more. This fast moving, hilarious documentary pulls no punches as you see an uncensored look at just how nasty and mean the fight is between those in the spotlight and those in the dark.The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jamie Kennedy and director Michael Addis!

WED 2/27, 9:15pm - Roxie - TICKETS»

WHAT WE DO IS SECRET, starring Shane West and Bijou Phillips is a biopic that chronicles the tumultuous life of iconoclastic singer/songwriter Darby Crash and his band, The Germs, a seminal and pioneering force in the Los Angeles punk rock scene from 1977 to 1980. Darby had a five year plan to become a legend, which included committing suicide, which he did in December of 1980, the day before John Lennon was assasinated. Followed by Q&A with Shane West, writer-director Rodger Grossman and producer Todd Traina.


Noise From Other Rooms:
A Revealing Evening of Words and Cultural Ephemera

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 12 Galaxies 7pm $5

The icing on the Noise Pop Festival’s sweet 16 birthday cake! Noise From Other Rooms will feature the Rebel Reading Series musings of best-selling author Beth Lisick (Everyone Into the Pool, Frank Portman (Mr. T Experience), Greg Giles (20 Minute Loop) and Kate Schatz (33.3 Rid of Me: A Story). Lit lovers and music junkies won’t want to miss this night of musicians turned writers, writers turned musicians and all the artistry that happens somewhere in between.

Grab another beer at the bar and dig in to the Wholphin portion of the evening which will feature a variety of short films concerning giant paper airplanes, drunk bees, satanic Scottish 9-year-old metal heads, Moroccan drummers, world champion one-handed blind-folded Rubix Cube masters, the ancient art of tree-hanging, a consumer service announcement to identify cloned meat products music video, a dissertation on the healing power of YouTube shred videos, and a short film staring singing Darfuri rebels that was literally smuggled out of Sudan in the back of a horse cart. Plus, a few guests that one would call "special." View a clip of "Drunk Bees"»

Chicago Underground Culture Exposed

FRI 2/29, 7pm & 9:15pm - ATA
7pm TICKETS» - 9:15 tickets»

WESLEY WILLIS'S JOY RIDES, a beautifully crafted portrait of the self-proclaimed rock ‘n’ roll star and “Chicago City Artist”, Wesley Willis. Despite impossible odds, Chicago native, Wesley Willis became an underground rock icon, revered artist and hero to many before his untimely death in 2003. Through his force of personality and his artistic talents, Wesley’s music and art attracted people from all walks of life. This film follows the prolific artist on his journey from obscurity to fame. Q&A following both screenings with Jello Biafra and director Chris Bagley

SAT 3/1, 4pm - ATA - TICKETS»

YOU WEREN'T THERE: A HISTORY OF CHICAGO PUNK 1977-1984 looks back on the impact that the Punk movement had on the Windy City. Chicago served as an importantearly supporter of the Punk movement in America. "You Weren't There" showcases classic archival footage of great Chicago bands such as Effigies, Naked Raygun, Strike Under, Articles of Faith, as well as lesser known greats like Silver Abuse, DA, The Subverts, Savage Beliefs, Negative Element, Rights of the Accused and many, many more. Q&A following screening with directors Joe Losurdo and Christina Tillman


SAT 3/1, 2:00pm - ATA - TICKETS»

SUCH HAWKS, SUCH HOUNDS explores the music and musicians of the American hard rock underground circa 1970-2007. Focusing on the psychedelic and '70s proto-metal-derived styles that have formed a rich tapestry of unclassifiable sounds in recent years. Bands featured and discussed include Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu, Comets on Fire, Kyuss, Dead Meadow, Nebula and many more. It is a story that will appeal to viewers who like the music, and also those who don't.


What do designer toys and homemade sythensizers have in common? Whether it's Saturday morning cartoons, punk rock, science fiction epics or the search to create truly new sounds, these two films explore the realms of inspiration and imagination, where a whole new subculture can be born and anyone can forge the tools to make themselves a rock star.

sun 3/2, 2:00pm - ATA - TICKETS»

NICK'S WORLD OF SYNTHESIZERS, This film is a portrait of Nick Collier, an eccentric inventor, who plays his homemade synthesizers in the electro/ glam/punk band Pink Grease. Over the years he has invented many extraordinary synthesizers, each having their own specific and original sound. Two of them each took over a year to build and he says 'that process has sent me close to insanity'. The film draws you into his sometimes bizarre world of synthesizers and provides an insight into a uniquely creative individual. Directed by Eve Wood

Following "nick's world..." - ATA

TOYPUNKS, VOL I, a documentary series about the intersection of Japanese toys, fashion and punk rock. Volume 1 introduces Hikaru Iwanaga of Bounty Hunter, creator of the first designer toy, as well as other vital players in the Japanese streetwear and international designer toy scenes (including interviews with graphic designer Frank Kozik) , and explores their roots in punk and American pop culture. Via location shooting in Japan and the US, Toypunks explores a profound cross-cultural exchange between American and Japanese pop culture. Directed by Christopher Nelson