Film Screening

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

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

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