Music Box Summer Music Film Festival 2
Monday, July 30th – Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Chicago is home to some of the greatest music festivals. Now, for the second year, the Music Box Theatre and WBEZ’s Sound Opinions partner to relive some of the greatest musical stories ever caught on film. The 2012 Summer Music Film Festival features three new films and two classic concert documentaries at the historic Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago, July 30-August 2, 2012. Four days of film devoted to music culminate with a closing-night screening of Shut Up and Play the Hits hosted by Sound Opinions co-hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.
Wed 1 Aug, 2012, 7:30pm
directed by Xan Aranda
Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago — feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury.
Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal “perfectly adapted to the music hall?”
Fever Year is the first to capture Bird’s precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater with collaborators Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and Annie Clark of St. Vincent.
Mon 30 Jul, 2012, 9:15pm
directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 US tour.
When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway, Direct Cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were there to immortalize on film the bloody slash that transformed a decade’s dreams into disillusionment.
Mon 30 Jul, 2012, 7:30pm
directed by DA Pennebaker in English
Forty-five years later we look back at one of the most influential music events of the 20th century. The Monterey Pop Festival ran for three days in June 1967. The live performances were spectacularly successful.
Janis Joplin, who was singing with Big Brother and the Holding Company, pulled out all the stops with a raw, powerful performance that helped establish her as the preeminent female rock singer of her day.
The Who climaxed a brilliant set by smashing their equipment at the conclusion of “My Generation”.
Jimi Hendrix offered an awesome display of his virtuosity as a guitarist and as a showman, humping his Marshall amplifiers and then setting his Stratocaster ablaze.
Otis Redding, the dynamic soul man, turned in what many present believe was the festival’s best performance.
Tue 31 Jul, 2012, 7:30pm
directed by Joe Berlinger in English
Paul Simon’s Grammy-winning album Graceland was an immediate hit and lightning rod for controversy when it was released in 1986. South African leaders protested that Simon had broken the cultural boycott of the nation’s oppressively racist apartheid regime.
In the documentary Under African Skies Simon returns to South Africa 25 years after Graceland‘s release. Director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory) follows Simon as he reunites with his South African collaborators and revisits the controversy the album caused, while luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Lorne Michaels, David Bryne and Sir Paul McCartney share their thoughts on what the album meant to them.