Monday, May 25, 2015

`Pleased to Meet Me,' `Future Folk' and sing-along `Grease' also highlight WXPN Music Film Fest

The second annual WXPN Music Film Fest is upon us. And for Beatles' fans, Thursday's opening night doc feature, "Good Ol' Freda," about the Fab Four's long-time personal secretary, is a must-see.

`Pleased to Meet Me,’ `Future Folk’ and sing-along `Grease’ also highlight WXPN Music Film Fest

"Pleased to Meet Me" is a featured film in the XPN Music Film Fest.
"Pleased to Meet Me" is a featured film in the XPN Music Film Fest.

Yes, John Doe, Aimee Mann, Loudon Wainwright  and Joe Henry – all in the same movie!  The folks at ‘XPN, in cahoots with the Philadelphia Film Society, have put together a four-day fest of films celebrating music and musicians, and driven by song. One of the highlights has to be Pleased to Meet Me, screening Friday. X-man Doe stars as a rocker whose career has hit the rocks, so to speak (bankruptcy, a lawsuit, writer’s block), and who throws himself into a 24-hour recording session with a group of totally disparate (and a few desperate) players to try to save the day. Mann is the producer who puts Doe’s character, Pete Jones, together with Henry, Wainwright et al. Director Archie Borders, joined by Doe and Wainwright (whose character is a theremin-ist) will be on hand for a post-screening discussion with World Café host David Dye.

Another highlight, also on Friday: a live performance from Future Folk, aka Nils d’Aulaire and Jay Klaitz, stars of The History of Future Folk. The film, an audience award winner at last year’s Philadelphia Film Festival, is an extremely likable low-fi/sci-fi tale about two space aliens who land in Brooklyn, discover music, and start pickin’ and playin’ -- with red buckets on their heads. The movie shows at 6:45pm at World Cafe Live.

Descriptions of all the films and a full schedule can be accessed here.

Need to know even more about these music movies? Go to pop music critic Dan DeLuca’s In the Mix blog for his picks.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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