Film + Music Festival 2013

The MV Film Society will be presenting a weekend of documentaries and narrative features and shorts that celebrate the convergence of music, culture, and film.

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“The Mighty Uke” and a performance by the Featherstone Uke Jam

| 2010 | 76 min. | |

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Pre-show performance by the Featherstone Uke Jam The ukulele is often regarded as a punch line more than a musical instrument; the diminutive four-stringed relative of the guitar rose to popularity when Hawaiian music became a fad in the early 20th Century, but it fell out of popularity with the rise of rock…

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Good Ol’ Freda with introduction by Ray Whitaker, mvyradio’s “Just Four Guys”

| 2013 | 86 min. | | ,
Directed by Ryan White

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Special introduction by Ray Whitaker, mvyradio’s “Just Four Guys”. ‘Good Ol’ Freda’ tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. As the Beatles’ fame multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits…

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Sound City

| 2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Dave Grohl

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Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. America’s greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all…

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Downloaded

| 2013 | 106 min. | |
A Film by Alex Winter

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DOWNLOADED focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Audiences will hear insight from well known music artists and figures within the music…

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Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

2012 | 121 min.
A Film by Laura Archibald

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Q&A afterwards with filmmaker Laura Archibald GREENWICH VILLAGE: MUSIC THAT DEFINED A GENERATION is a feature-length documentary about the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked everlasting political, social and cultural changes. For the first time, the greatest singer-songwriters, authors and performers from Greenwich Village reflect on how they collectively became…

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Crossfire Hurricane, discussion with Producer Victoria Pearman

| 2012 | 111 min. | |
Brett Morgen

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Discussion with  Producer Victoria Pearman afterwards. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film features historical footage, much of it widely unseen, and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as rare interviews with Brian Jones. Period interviews, extensive live performance…

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“This is Gary McFarland” with introduction by Dave Kish – mvyradio’s “All That Jazz”

| 2006 | |
Kristian St. Clair

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Featuring candid interviews with some of the world’s hippest musicians, This is Gary McFarland explores the life and times of self-taught musician, composer, and producer Gary McFarland, who despite contributions and affilations with such notables as Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Gabor Szabo, and Cal Tjader,…

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AKA Doc Pomus with Sharyn Felder (daughter of Doc Pomus)

| 2012 | 98 mins | |
Peter Miller and Will Hechter

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Discussion with Sharyn Felder, Doc’s daughter after the screening. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for…