Film Screening

Film screening: Under the Covers with special guest Henry Diltz

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Return to a classic era of rock 'n' roll with the community of artists making legendary music during the '60s and '70s. Get to know these musicians and the music they created as they unlock personal memories of those carefree times. You'll be amazed to see how this group of musical artists became a family of friends. Seen through the eyes of world-famous photographer Henry Diltz and three time Grammy-nominated art director/artist Gary Burden, Under The Covers contains a remarkable selection of touching and amusing stories, interviews, and photographs, which humanizes these rock 'n' roll icons. Under The Covers features legendary music, never-before-seen home videos and photos, and candid conversations with the Doors, Eagles, Mama Cass, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, and many more.

Join us for a screening, followed by a discussion with rock 'n' roll photographer Henry Diltz.

Co-sponsored by Stan Getz Library and the Liberal Arts Department, as a part of the 20th annual Liberal Arts Symposium.

 
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Film Screening: Shut Up and Play the Hits

Wednesday / April 2, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215

When you start a band, do you imagine how it will end? On April 2, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband the band at the peak of its popularity after the biggest concert of its career. The documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits follows the days leading up to the concert, the show itself, and the aftermath/ramifications of Murphy's decision, offering a "fly-on-the-wall look at the final hours of a band completely self-conscious of its destiny," according to Wired's Beth Carter. 

For more information, contact the Stan Getz Library.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Film Screening: Americana Women

Wednesday / March 5, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Learn about a trail-blazing and inspiring group of female roots musicians embracing styles from A (Appalachian) to Z (Zydeco), including blues, old-time, and Cajun music. This film traces a straight line from 93-year-old Ozark mountain fiddler Violet Hensley to up-and-coming 18-year-old Jacqueline Nassar and features heavy hitters like Ruthie Foster, Eden Brent and Deanna Bogart, Alice Gerrard, Ann Savoy, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Anna Roberts-Gevalt—not to mention some amazing women who’d likely slip into oblivion if not for the important work of the MusicBox Project.

Join us for this screening in honor of Women’s History Month with special guest, filmmaker, and president of the MusicBox Project Dyann Arthur.

Watch a preview of Americana Women here:

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Film Screening: Muscle Shoals

Wednesday / February 19, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River," as Native Americans called it, Muscle Shoals is home to some of the most important and resonant songs of all-time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white artists together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. This documentary features Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bearing witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and ongoing influence.

Join us for a screening of this Sundance Film Festival and SXSW favorite!

Watch a trailer for Muscle Shoals here:

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Film Screening: "20 Feet From Stardom"

Monday / January 27, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

In the compelling, 2014 Academy Award-nominated film 20 Feet from Stardomaward-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet from Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, and Sting, to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. 

After the film, cast member and Berklee voice faculty member Janice Pendarvis will lead a panel featuring the film’s star and special guest, Lisa Fischer, for a panel discussion that will explore the joy, the heartache, and the complexity in the lives of background singers as well as their relationships with other members of the music community.

Other featured panelists will include Berklee voice faculty members Janie BarnettGabrielle GoodmanDonna McElroy, and assistant VP/ recording engineer Carl Beatty.

Watch the trailer for 20 Feet from Stardom here:

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Film Screening: "Waking Sleeping Beauty" with Director Don Hahn

Wednesday / December 4, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old-timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and pessimistic forecasts: maybe the best days of animation were over, and maybe the public didn't care. It seemed only a miracle could produce a happy ending. Waking Sleeping Beauty depicts how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more – over a 10-year period.

Join us for this documentary about an important moment in the history of animated film and stay for a Skype chat with Disney film producer and Waking Sleeping Beauty director Don Hahn!

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Film Screening: Harlem Street Singer

Wednesday / November 20, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Rev. Gary Davis
Woody Mann

Harlem Street Singer tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great blues and gospel musician whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar inspired a generation of musicians. The film traces Davis’s journey out of poverty in the deep South to his iconic status in the folk and rock scene in 1960’s New York. The film includes interviews with celebrated folk and rock musicians who knew and studied with Davis, such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. These interviews are interwoven with rare archival footage and photographs as well as recently discovered concert footage of Davis with Peter, Paul and Mary from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind film, along with a Q&A session following the screening with film producer and musician Woody Mann, who is currently teaching at Berklee in the Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh Country Blues Visiting Artist program.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Warren Miller's Ticket To Ride

Saturday / November 9, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Skiers: Kaylin Richardson and Aurélien Ducroz

This fall, get ready to celebrate winter with Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride. The newest chapter in the legendary film series, Ticket to Ride will take filmgoers on an action-packed journey with the world’s best skiers and snowboarders. Witness athletes at their career-best, and discover the path that put them at the top of the steepest peaks in the 64th annual ski and snowboard film Ticket to Ride.

Experience the immense energy of the world’s most sought-after destinations, and discover the “epicenter of big lines” in Alaska, Montana’s Big Sky Country, and the exotic winter playgrounds of Kazakhstan, Iceland, and Greenland. The trams and trains in Switzerland will climb to Mt. Eiger as the fishing boats in Norway will carry you to the islands of Alesund. Once again, winter begins with Warren Miller and it’s time to get your Ticket to Ride. Click here for a full press release.

Watch the trailer for the film here:

Admission: 
$21, reserved seating

Film Screening: "A Band Called Death" with Filmmaker Q&A

Location

Wednesday / October 9, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs, and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed.

But this was the era of Motown and the emerging days of disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group was never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album.

Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first punk band and is finally receiving long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

Join us for a screening and a post-viewing Q&A with filmmaker Mark Christopher Covino.

Watch a preview for A Band Called Death here:

Admission: 
Free

Film Screening: Live from Tokyo with Hiromu Boschee Nagahara

Location

Wednesday / October 2, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Hiromu Boschee Nagahara

Welcome to a world where ideas and genres are pushed to their extremes, with the general sentiment that there is new music waiting to be created.

Live from Tokyo takes the viewer through the back streets of Shinjuku, the intersections in Shibuya, and the alleys in Koenji as it highlights the innovative musicians behind Tokyo's multi-faceted underground music scene.

The documentary looks at Tokyo's music culture as a reflection of Japanese society and in relation to international music culture. Special guest Hiromu Boschee Nagahara, assistant professor of History at MIT, will share from his research into history of media, popular culture, and censorship in modern Japan to give texture and context to the current music scene.

Watch a preview for Live from Tokyo here:

 

Admission: 
Free

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