FILMUSIC Festival – Exploring Music and Culture Through Film

The MV Film Society presents a weekend of feature films and musical performances that celebrate the convergence of music, culture, and film.  


Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Music and film flow naturally together. Our fourth annual Filmusic Festival will bring you closer to the music you love, or introduce you to some you’ve never known, with great films and live music!

Enjoy a stimulating toe-tapping weekend…

If you would like to get a clearer picture of the Film Festival, please read last year’s program below (we hope to post our 2018 festival schedule by early June 2018):

Film Schedule and Events 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

6:30pm – Opening reception in the Film Center Lobby with live music – Pianist — David Hannon

7:30pm – THE FRESHMAN (1925)

BerkleeSFO.2016Special Guests – Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra (12 musicians) performs a new original score live-to-picture of the silent film classic THE FRESHMAN staring Harold Lloyd. 

Harold Lamb’s dream is to go to college and become the most popular student on campus, much like the character Speedy played by actor Lester Laurel in the movie “The College Hero”. Accepted into Tate College, Harold plans on emulating Speedy, including giving himself the nickname Speedy, to gain that popularity, not realizing that if he does so, he will be more the buffoon than the hero. To be the most popular student, he will have to outdo the current most popular student, football captain Chet Trask. Unaware Speedy’s task is made all the more difficult when one of the upperclassmen, seeing how hard Speedy is trying to impress, does whatever he can to make Speedy look all the more ridiculous, all the while Speedy believing he is achieving his dream. The bully’s efforts are made all the more easy as Speedy is able to buy his way to seeming popularity with the small nest egg he was able to accumulate from work. The one thing that Speedy may not be able to buy is his way onto the team.

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Friday, June 23, 2017



It was 50 years ago today (June 1st to be exact) marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band, an iconic work that changed the way a generation thought about music and the world.

The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time. Rolling Stone described it as the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art, and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.

In Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, composer, musician, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles’ performances and recording sessions. You are guaranteed to leave amazed at The Beatles’ innovation in the studio and have a newfound appreciation for the talents of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr.

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6:30pm – LIVE MUSIC IN THE LOBBY: Eric Johnson, Guitarist



Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, and George Furth’s much ballyhooed reverse chronology musical Merrily We Roll Along closed after just 16 performances in 1981 but gradually assumed legend status. This alternately heartbreaking and euphoric film focuses on the original cast members, then and now, and the special place this experience holds in their memories. Despite its inauspicious beginnings, the musical’s score has grown to become one of the composer’s most beloved. Archival footage of the rehearsals along with interviews with the cast — as well as Sondheim himself and director Harold Prince — tell the tale of this infamous production.

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On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017


The musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club exposed the world to Cuba’s vibrant culture with their landmark 1997 album. Now, against the backdrop of Cuba’s captivating musical history, hear the band’s story as they reflect on their remarkable careers and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together.

“This movie should be of great interest to Cubaphiles, music fans, cultural historians and anyone with eyes, ears and a pulse.”

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6:30PM – LIVE MUSIC IN LOBBY – Andy Herr, Guitarist



Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences. This story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance is guaranteed to leave you skipping.

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Alive and Kicking is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters who make it special. We explore the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Alive and Kicking looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

1:00pm — FREE Children’s Music Event Rick Bausman

Rick Bausman performs at The Anchors, with seniors in the Supportive Day Program. 

Drumming with Rick Bausman! A hands on fully participatory exploration of musical instruments from around the world Rick will lead children through a fun, exciting 1 hour drumming session, so come out and collaborate with us!

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This documentary brings Hollywood’s premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most widely known music genre: the film score.

Short Film with Academy Award nominee director Sara Nesson

“Women Who Score” is a celebration of women composers changing the score in Hollywood.

In 2016, out of the 250 highest grossing films in Hollywood, only 3% were composed by women. Despite winning 25 major awards including Oscars, Grammys Emmys, Golden Globes, countless nominations, women composers have a long way to go.

To get past the Hollywood gatekeepers, Music Branch Academy Governor and 5x Emmy Nominee Laura Karpman, co-founded The Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC). Her vision was to showcase 20 women composers to perform their scores by a live 80-person orchestra. The “Women Who Score” event, hosted by Grand Performances in Downtown, LA, in August, 2016, was the first of its kind. This film highlights the concert and the time crunching rehearsal process to rehearse 20 scores in 2 days. 

Director Sara Nesson’s 2011 Oscar Nominated documentary film, “Poster Girl”, was scored by Emmy Nominated and AWFC co-founder, Miriam Cutler. Sara knows well how exciting it is to have your film transformed by a beautiful score recorded with live musicians. With female directors making up 7% of directors in Hollywood, her latest film project “Women Who Score”, is an attempt to change the conversation and open doors for fresh voices and unique cinematic experiences.

About the concert:


The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live, an orchestral concert highlighting scores by 20 composers – among them Oscar and Emmy winners – was performed by a 55-piece orchestra and 30-voice choir conducted by Grammy winner Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum. 

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7:30pm – SONG TO SONG


In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples–struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman)–chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

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Individual Tickets: $12 per movie*, $9 for MV Film Society members (except when special pricing is listed).
Festival Pass $75, Member’s Festival Pass $60. *THE FRESHMAN with Live Music Score is priced at $35 general admission or $30 for Film Society members.

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