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Summer Music Film Festival 2014 at the Music Box!
Monday, August 4th, 2014

Hey Music Film Fans,

The Summer Music Film Festival 2014 comes to the Music Box on August 15th-19th! Co-presented by Sound Opinions, this festival showcases the very best music films, documentaries, and concert footage, for the fourth year in a row.

Highlights of the 2014 festival include 30th anniversary screenings of Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Prince’s Purple Rain, and 50th anniversary screenings of The Beatles’ A Hard Days Night, returning after sold out screenings in July!

Two films with Chicago connections will screen and are scheduled to have their creators in attendance. The 78 Project Movie is a journey across America to record today’s musical artists as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular music — exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on one-of-a-kind 78rpm lacquer discs. Director Alex Steyermark, a former Chicago resident, will discuss his film and The 78 Project web series.. Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of two historical interviews of Yoko Ono and John Lennon from 1970 and 1980 and is the creation of Evanston native and Northwestern alumni Jon Lefkovitz.

Read on below for the full schedule and more festival highlight!

A 5 admission pass is $45. Individual Tickets are $9-$12 and can be purchased online through www.summermusicfilmfestival.com

Monday, August 4th – Sunday, August 10th, 2014


Stop Making Sense

A film by Jonathan Demme starring The Talking Heads


The Talking Heads live on stage. Need we say more? Director Jonathan Demme expertly crafted this unrivaled concert film from footage of three live gigs at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. The staging concept — the brainchild of Talking Heads front man David Byrne — begins with the lead vocalist striding onto an empty stage, acoustic guitar and boom box in hand. With each new tune, another band member or backup singer joins Byrne onstage, building steadily toward the smokin’ finale. New Digital projection.


Fri, Aug 15 7:00pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Aug 19 7:00pm

The 78 Project Movie

starring John C. Reilly, John Doe, Coati Mundi, Alex Steryermarm, Holly Williams


Based on the acclaimed web series, The 78 Project Movie is a journey across America to record today’s musical artists as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular music — exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on one-of-a-kind 78rpm lacquer discs. Inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th Century, the film celebrates the artistry and craft that spontaneously captured America’s most authentic musical forms. Midwest Premiere Dir: Alex Steyermark/Prod: Lavinia Jones Wright scheduled to attend.


Sat, Aug 16 7:00pm
Sun, Aug 17 3:00pm

Rubber Soul

A film by Jon Lefkovitz starring Joseph Bearor, Denice Lee


In December 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were interviewed by Rolling Stone‘s Jann S. Wenner prior to the release of their ‘Plastic Ono Band’ albums. Ten years later, in September 1980, the couple granted their first in-depth interview in five years to Playboy while they were in the process of recording Double Fantasy.

Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of these two historical interviews based on available transcripts and audio, juxtaposing them in order to explore the dynamic nature of Lennon’s identity over time.

Director Jon Lefkovitz is scheduled to attend.


Sun, Aug 17 7:30pm

Good Vibrations

A film by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn starring Jodie Whittaker, Liam Cunningham, Dylan Moral, Killian Scott


Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scenes. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life. Presented by the Chicago Irish Film Festival


Sat, Aug 16 9:30pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A film by Jim Sharman starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Charles Gray, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick


This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).

The film, co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien, bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings.


Sat, Aug 16 midnight
Sat, Sep 20 midnight
Fri, Oct 24 11:59pm
Sat, Oct 25 midnight
Thu, Oct 30 10:30pm
Fri, Oct 31 midnight
Sat, Nov 1 midnight
Sat, Dec 6 midnight
Sat, Jan 17 midnight
Sat, Feb 21 midnight
Sat, Mar 21 midnight
Sat, Apr 25 midnight
Sat, May 16 midnight
Sat, Jun 20 midnight
Sat, Jul 18 midnight
Sat, Aug 15 midnight
Sat, Sep 19 midnight
Thu, Oct 29 10:00pm
Fri, Oct 30 midnight
Sat, Oct 31 midnight
Sat, Dec 5 midnight

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