Reel Music film fest explores genres, bands around the globe
Tunes meet the big screen when the Northwest Film Center's 36th Reel Music takes place at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Jan. 18-Feb. 16. Tickets are $5-$10; see www.nwfilm.org.
Here's the lineup:
• "Mr. Soul," 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 — The documentary looks at the 1968-73 PBS program "Soul!" centered on black life and including interviews and performances.
• "A Bright Light — Karen and the Process," 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 — It's about the reclusive Texas-born musician Karen Dalton, who blazed her way in New York City with a unique take on folk and the blues.
• "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda," 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 — It's a story of the Japanese composer, an important voice in electronic music history, from Yellow Magic Orchestra to David Sylvain's Japan.
• "NW Music Video Showcase," 7 p.m. Jan. 24 — Screening at Bloodworks Live Studio, it's some of the best music videos being made by Northwest filmmakers.
• "The Ballad of Shirley Collins," 7 p.m. Jan. 25 — Collins was one of U.K. folk's most storied voices, and the movie examines her career before she lost her voice in the late 1970s.
• "Where Are You, Joao Gilberto?" 7 p.m. Jan. 26 — It follows German writer Marc Fischer as he finds reclusive and prickly Brazilian music icon.
• "Looking for Oum Kulthum," 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 — Filmmaker Shirin Neshat's film focuses on a film director (Iranian actress Neda Rahmanian) making a biopic about the famed Egyptian singer.
• "Solo: The Evolution of a One Man Band," 7 p.m. Jan. 31 — A one-man band himself, director Billy Dimes investigates the unique art form.
• "If I Think of Germany at Night," 7 p.m. Feb. 1 — Director Romuald Karmakar follows five longtime deejays and producers as they reminisce and point the way forward for the German techno scene.
• "Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records," 7 p.m. Feb. 8 — From humble beginnings, Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher built one of the most influential American independent record labels.
• "Depeche Mode: 101," 7 p.m. Feb. 9 — The documentary is about the British electronic pop duo on their headlining 1988 U.S. tour.
• "Gospel According to Al Green," 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10 — Green quit his label in the 1970s and devoted himself to recording only gospel music.
• "Milford Graves Full Mantis," 7 p.m. Feb. 15 — The free jazz percussionist, who has worked on groundbreaking albums, is examined in this jazz movie.
• "Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.," 7 p.m. Feb. 16 — It's a story of one of the world's most controversial and politically outspoken artists.
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