October 13th – 19th!
Indulge yourself with a hi-def big-screen surround-sound immersion into some of the best “rockumentaries” of the past and present. Let the music take you away! Check out the films!
Joan Baez I Am a Noise
Saturday, Oct. 14th at 4:30pm & Monday, Oct. 16th at 7:15pm!
Tuesday, Oct. 17th & Thursday, Oct. 19th at 5pm!
Neither a conventional biopic nor a traditional concert film, Joan Baez I Am a Noise is a raw and intimate portrait of the legendary folk singer and activist that shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings. Baez is remarkably revealing about her life on and off stage — from her lifelong emotional struggles to her civil rights work with MLK and a heartbreaking romance with a young Bob Dylan. A searingly honest look at a living legend, this film is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of an iconic artist who has never told the full truth of her life, as she experienced it, until now. (2023, 1h 49m)
“The documentary has a gold mine of material: drawings and journal entries, concert footage, family videos and vintage photographs.” – Chris Azzopardi, New York Times
“The celebrated folk singer and activist was singing about civil rights, of course. But what we learn in the thoughtful, thorough and sometimes harrowingly intimate Joan Baez: I Am a Noise is that Baez was also seeking to overcome much on a personal scale.” – Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
Stop Making Sense
Friday, Oct. 13th at 7:30pm & Sunday, Oct. 15th at 3:30pm!
Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit. (1984, 1H, 28m)
“Stop Making Sense is a concert film with a narrative, bursting at the seams with bits of invention and passion.” – Slant Magazine
The Last Waltz
Saturday, Oct. 14th at 7:00pm & Tuesday. Oct. 17th at 7:15pm!
Seventeen years after joining forces as the backing band for rockabilly cult hero Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian roots rockers The Band call it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Nov. 25, 1976. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary features standout performances by rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters, as well as interviews tracing the group’s history and discussing road life. Produced by The Band’s guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson, who recently passed away. (1978, PG, 1h 57m)
“The greatest rock concert movie ever made — and maybe the best rock movie, period.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Sunday, Oct.15th at 5:30pm & Wednesday, Oct. 18th at 5:00pm!
In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of headphones and a pile of Led Zeppelin records. Moving to Tokyo, Akio worked as a kimono salesman by day, but by night became “Mr. Jimmy,” adopting the guitar chops and persona of Jimmy Page. For 35 years, Akio recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs, until the real Jimmy Page stopped by one night, and Akio’s life changed forever. Inspired by Mr. Page’s ovation, Akio quits his “salary man” job, leaving behind his family to move to Los Angeles and join “Led Zepagain.” Soon cultures clash, and Akio’s idyllic vision of America meets with reality. (2023, 1h 52m)
The Song Remains the Same
Thursday, Oct. 19th at 7:15pm!
Filmed in 1973 over the course of a three-night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this concert film shows Led Zeppelin at the apogee of their hard-rocking glory. In addition to featuring such indelible hits as “Dazed and Confused,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Stairway to Heaven,” the live footage is interspersed with elaborate fantasy sequences, backstage shenanigans and a glimpse of what the business side of such a large touring operation entails. (1976, PG, 2h 16m)