Film Screening

Film Screening: Searching for Sugar Man

Wednesday / April 10, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Academy Award–winning documentary, darling of Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca, Searching for Sugarman, tells the incredible yet true story of Rodriguez, the greatest 1970s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar Rodriguez's sound struck two renowned producers and they signed him to a recording deal. But when the album bombed the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades he became an grassroots phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

Join us for a screening of the film everyone's been talking about, with a guided post-screening discussion with Ben Houge.

For more information or to RSVP, please go to the Stan Getz Library Facebook page.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Film Screening: The Girls in the Band

Tuesday / February 26, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day.

These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire, and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.Today a new breed of gifted young women are taking their rightful place in the world of jazz which can no longer deny their talents.
 
Get more of the story at this film screening, with special guests Judy Chaikin and Christine Fawson. For more information about this event or to view the trailer, please visit the library facebook events page.
 
This event is sponsored by the Stan Getz Library and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
Admission: 
Free

Silent Film Orchestra

Sunday / February 10, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Brattle Theater
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra performing Battleship Potemkin at the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts
Photo by Henry Hayes

The Boston Society of Film Critics will present the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) with an award celebrating its music for silent film at the society's annual ceremonies, February 10, at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Accepting will be professor Sheldon Mirowitz, the BSFO's professor and leader, and Dr. Martin Norman, who helped create and sustain the Coolidge Corner Theater's Sounds of Silents film series, in which every one of the BSFO's original scores has been premiered.

The BSFO will perform an excerpt from its most recent score, for F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926), which it debuted at the Coolidge December 17. The Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Ceremony is a benefit for the David Brudnoy Foundation. The centerpiece of this year's event is a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, with the film's director, David France. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and are available from the Brattle Theater website.

 

Admission: 
$15 general, $10 students

John Cage: Journeys in Sound with Special Guest David MIller

Wednesday / February 13, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
A sonic innovator or an expert on chance? This documentary by Oscar-winning director Allan Miller and Emmy-winner Paul Smaczny pays tribute to the most fascinating American avant-garde composer, John Cage. Shot in America, Germany, and Japan, Journeys in Sound premieres rare archival footage and features associates of Cage and contemporary artists. Join us for this screening, plus a discussion with Cage scholar and player David Miller. See the library Facebook page for the trailer and speaker bio.
Admission: 
Free

From the Back of the Room Screening with Vivien Goldman

Wednesday / November 28, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Although it is often credited with spurring the '"third wave" of feminism, Riot Grrrl seemed to many to be a blip in the media. The movement paved the way for the more mainstream "girl power" phenomenon, but was forgotten by many until recently. This documentary chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk and has interviews with more than 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism are all addressed in this film, giving a more complete picture of how these women participate in the DIY community and how it affects their daily lives. 

Join us for this film screening, followed by a conversation with "professor of punk" Vivien Goldman.

Cosponsored by the Stan Getz Library, the Liberal Arts Department, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. For more information please see the library facebook page or the library website.

Admission: 
Free

Screening: Give Me the Banjo

Wednesday / October 17, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Featuring such banjo greats as Béla Fleck, Earl Scruggs, and Taj Mahal, Give Me the Banjo delves into the complex history of the banjo, from its origins in Africa and its development in early America to the present day. 

Join us post-screening for a Q&A with film producer Marc Fields, banjo artists residency manager Dave Hollender, and visiting artists Bill Keith and Tony Trischka. (Hang around long enough and they just might play you a tune or two.)

 

Admission: 
Free, RSVP required

Indie Game Screening with Michael Sweet

Wednesday / October 3, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Indie Game: The Movie, with Michael Sweet

Indie Game: The Movie, directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health, and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. Following the making of the games Super Meat Boy, Fez, and Braid, this Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these developers' vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.

Join us for a screening of this one-of-a-kind film, followed by a discussion with Berklee faculty member Michael Sweet.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film

Wednesday / August 1, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Punk never disappeared; it just went underground. Come see the groundbreaking film that peels back the cover on the early Boston hardcore scene. Post-screening Q&A with Chris Foley '87, Drew Stone, and Duane Lucia.

The conventional story of post-Sex Pistols punk goes something like this: after the Clash broke up, punk disappeared. Ten years later, Nirvana suddenly exploded out of nowhere. However, punk never actually disappeared; it simply went underground. 

Whether forming bands, opening clubs, or starting zines, members of this community were united by their desire to escape the cookie-cutter lives they were told were their only option. This music, this culture, changed lives by providing an outlet through which to unleash creativity and discover who one really was—and, ultimately, how to be that person at all times.

Join us for this documentary of the early Boston hardcore scene with special guests Chris Foley '87, director Drew Stone, and executive producer Duane Lucia. See the library website or the library Facebook page for guest bios or to watch the trailer.

Admission: 
Free

Democracy in Dakar Screening with Special Guests

Wednesday / July 18, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Follow rappers, DJs, journalists, professors, and people on the street, bridging the gap between hip-hop activism and video journalism in a documentary film that explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop's role on the political process. The documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

Join us for a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Magee Mcllvaine and Daniel Cantor, assistant professor of songwriting and film sound mixer.

Cosponsored by Stan Getz Library and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Admission: 
Free

Under African Skies

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee hosts a free screening of Under African Skies, the Joe Berlinger-directed documentary chronicling the creation and lasting influence of Paul Simon's Graceland, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album. The screening, presented by Bakithi Kumalo, a featured bassist on the album, takes place on Friday, June 8, from 2-4 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

The story of the making of Graceland, and the controversy created when Simon went to South Africa to record with local artists, is told in Under African Skies, the new full-length documentary from two-time Emmy and Peabody Award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger.

Under African Skies travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa 25 years after his first visit. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album's genesis. His artistic decision to collaborate with African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire, with Paul Simon accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the apartheid regime.

The universal appeal of the music of Graceland proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation. In 1986, the album sold 14 million copies worldwide, and received universal praise from critics around the globe. Simon and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on Saturday Night Live and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. 

By January of 1987, "You Can Call Me Al" was everywhere and Graceland won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1987. Then, in an unprecedented carryover, the album garnered the Grammy for Song of the Year with its title track in 1988. The album generated three hit singles and kept Paul Simon and the Graceland tour on the road for five years.

www.graceland25.com

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