Summer Music Film Festival 2013

Friday 28 June – Tuesday 2 July 2013

Everyone loves a good music festival. Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Pitchfork, Walkarusa, Coachella – all great places to hear great music. The Music Box Theatre and WBEZ Chicago’s Sound Opinions have an indoor option for you that helps you avoid sunburn and heatstroke and will take you on a journey of music and film from the past 40+ years! The Third Annual Summer Music Festival will rock your face off.

Opening Night Presentation by WBEZ Chicago’s Sound Opinions! Join Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for opening night of the 2013 Summer Music Film Festival.

Sound Opinions is co-presenting the 3rd annual Music Box Theatre Summer Music Film Festival from June 28-July 2, 2013. It’s five days and nights of great music movies, featuring everything from breakdancing (Wildstyle) to Detroit punk (A Band Called Death) to the most epic use of air guitar in cinematic history (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure). Join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for the opening night kick-off on Friday June 28th. Following a reception from 6-7pm, Jim and Greg will introduce a screening of the highly-anticipated new documentary Ain’t in it for My Health, an intimate portrait of the late rock legend Levon Helm. Then hop on a train in 1970 with Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Buddy Guy in Festival Express.


Friday, June 28th, 2013

  • 4:00pm: A Band Called Death
  • 6:00pm:
  • 7:00pm:
  • 11:59pm:

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

  • 2:00pm:
  • 4:00pm:
  • 6:00pm:
  • 8:00pm: A Band Called Death
  • 10:10pm: Big Easy Express
  • 11:59pm:

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

  • 5:00pm:
  • 7:00pm:

Monday, July 1st, 2013

  • 5:00pm:
  • 7:15pm:
  • 9:15pm:

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

  • 4:30pm:
  • 6:30pm:
  • 8:15pm: Big Easy Express
  • 9:45pm: A Band Called Death


Most Screenings $10
Select Double Features $15
WBEZ Member Discounts $2 off/ticket (use coupon code “915WBEZ” during checkout!)
Festival Passes $70.00


  • Fri 28 Jun 2013, 4:00pm
  • Sat 29 Jun 2013, 8:00pm
  • Tue 2 Jul 2013, 9:45pm

A Band Called Death (2012)

directed by Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett in English

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band, played a few local gigs, and pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But record companies found Death’s music — and band name — too intimidating, and the group soon disbanded.

Equal parts rockumentary and family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible journey of what happened three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger.

  • Sat 29 Jun 2013, 10:10pm
  • Tue 2 Jul 2013, 8:15pm

Big Easy Express (2012)

directed by Emmett Malloy

3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…the Big Easy Express documents a cinematic musical journey. Directed by renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy (The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights) this incredible new film captures nothing less than history in the making.

Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The film resulting from the journey is nothing short of magical.

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