Thursday, February 11, 2016

Music Film Fest to Launch April 26th at Annenberg

The Philadelphia Film Society and WXPN team up for the XPN Music Film Festival, with more than a dozen titles running over four days in late April, including "No Room for Rockstars," a concert doc covering the 2010 Warped Tour, and "California Solo," with Robert Carlyle as a Scottish rocker trying to rehab his life outside of L.A.

Music Film Fest to Launch April 26th at Annenberg

Robert Carlyle strumming in "California Solo."
Robert Carlyle strumming in "California Solo."

WXPN, the area’s preeminent alternative radio station, and the Philadelphia Film Society, producers of the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, are partnering up for the XPN Music Film Festival, set to run for four days, April 26 through 29, with most of the programs playing at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. A kind of expanded spinoff of the PFF's “Sight and Soundtrack” program, the titles in the Music Film Fest are likewise being programmed by the PFF’s Michael Lerman. Although opening and closing night titles haven't yet been announced, the lineup thus far offers an eclectic mix of rock docs, fiction films, concert flicks and a feature about Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony.

Here’s the roster of titles, with more announcements of films and special events, to come:

California Solo  Robert Carlyle of Trainspotting and The Full Monty, stars as Scottish rocker trying to rehab his life on an organic farm outside L.A.

Charles Bradley: Soul of America  Documentary about the up-from-nowhere hexagenarian  soul singer.  

Daylight Savings  Indie musician regroups after band breakup, then hits the road. Followup to Surrogate Valentine, the hit 2011 SXSW entry, also on the XPN Film Fest sched.

Hi My Name is Ryan CineVegas festival prize winning doc about music obsessed teen Ryan Avery.

No Room for Rockstars Never Shout Never, Suicide Silence and Forever Came Calling are the focus of this concert doc shot during the 2010 Warped Tour.

Of All the Things Dennis Lambert, legendary ’60s and ’70s songwriter/producer (“We Built This City,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Baby Come Back”), goes on a tour of the Philippines.

Of Love, Death and Beyond - Exploring Mahler's "Resurrection' Symphony. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, aka the “Resurrectuion Symphony,” gets parsed, played and praised in this in-depth examination and celebration of the epic composition.

Surrogate Valentine A hit at the 2011 PFF, Dave Boyle’s indie pic follows struggling musican Goh Nakamura as he reluctantly teaches an actor how to be him for a movie being made on his life. Kinda meta.

Tonight You're Mine Rock and roll rom-com shot during the ’T in the Park music fest.

Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots Snoop Dogg narrates a 20th anniversary look-back at the Los Angeles riots and how hip-hop figured in the tumult.

The Wrecking Crew  Denny Tedesco’s documentary portrait of the legendary 1960s studio players behind many of the hit records by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and a mindboggling bunch of other top recording stars.

For more info on the XPN Music Film Festival, click here.  

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