Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, and his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using music as the forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan-Africanist politics to the world.
Join us for the screening of this IndieWire best documentary of 2014 and Sundance Film Festival Pick, followed by a discussion with Afrobeat specialist Uchenna Ikonne. Ikonne is a writer, DJ, and historian who runs the Comb & Razor Sound label and the Comb & Razor blog. He is currently working on a history of Kuti's early career in the Nigerian music scene of the 1960s.
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The documentary film Freedom Summer depicts the efforts of more than 700 students who gathered in Mississippi to challenge white supremacy and segregation in 1964. Join us for a screening of the film to be followed by a discussion.
Come hear the story of South Africans ten years after the end of apartheid through powerful spoken word and music in the film Masizakhe: Building Each Other. Poverty, segregation, racism, and the struggle to rebuild a nation are met with huge amounts of positive energy and youthful creativity in this powerful film.
Q&A to follow with film contributor, speaker and activist Rushay Booysen.
Cosponsored by the Stan Getz Library and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion
The Internet Cat Video Film Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from 6-second Vine videos to short films and everything in between—in a social environment.
Warren Miller’s new film, No Turning Back, pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead Warren Miller Entertainment to every end of the winter sports world—a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges and mountains had condos.
Since he began creating films in 1949, Warren Miller has known that, as skiers and riders, there’s no need to look back; one must be filled with a continuous drive to keep one’s edge and chase the snow. As we welcome this winter season, No Turning Back proves that not much has changed when it comes to why it is these athletes tilt and turn down mountains and pray for storms: sheer delight.
The Internet Cat Video Film Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between—in a social environment.
The Dreamland Theater is proud to collaborate with the Nantucket Film Festival to present a special pre-festival screening of Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!, featuring a new, original music score composed and performed live by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.
Safety Last! (1923), directed and starring comedic genius Harold Lloyd, is widely considered one of the greatest silent film classics of all time and boasts the iconic image of Lloyd dangling from a giant clock on the side of a building with a bustling Los Angeles street below. Safety Last! will be presented in a gorgeous new digital restoration from Janus Films, sourced from an original nitrate print.
The presentation of Safety Last! will follow a screening of the short Emerson College documentary on the creation of the new Berklee score for the film: Punches and Streamers: The Making of a Film Score.
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.
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.
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.