Film

The Noise Pop Film Series, co-curated by SCORED celebrates sound & music in film, features amazing new and essential films, all focusing on music, each approaching the subject with a distinct voice and fresh perspective. With screenings at the Roxie, and the Artists Television Access (ATA), each show is not to be missed.

Noise Pop is excited to announce our new Film Series Pass which grants entrance to all of the films being screened during the Festival from Upside Down: The Creation Records Story to Andrew Bird's Fever Year, each Noise Pop Film explores the subject of music with a distinct voice and fresh perspective. Check out all of the films (many featuring Q&A's with the directors and other special guests) for just $30!

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Schedule

Thursday, February 16, 2012 & Thursday, February 23, 2012 Re:Generation Music Project AMC Loews Metreon 16 $11.50 / 8:00PM / Website Buy Tickets Five DJs turn the tables on the history of music. Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, these five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today's biggest musicians (Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Nas,Trombone Shorty and more) to discover how the musical past is influencing the future. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, 95 minutes. See the trailer»
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Bob and the Monster Q&A with Director Keirda Bahruth and Producer Rick Ballard after the screening ATA 7:00PM / $10 / Website Buy Tickets Bob and the Monster is about a guy everybody wanted to be around until he became the guy everybody assumed had died. In the 1980s, Bob Forrest’s band, Thelonious Monster, was at the center of a music scene that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. The band’s raw sound, wild shows and deeply personal lyrics appealed directly to the young Los Angeles punk crowd. So did the drugs. First, booze. Later, heroin. Monsters, both of them. Every time the band was about to make it big, Forrest’s drug-addled mind and ego got in the way. The band broke up, then got back together. It got clean, until it wasn’t. Forrest went to rehab, then left.

But the film shows Forrest’s slow return, one helped by forgiving people, and Forrest’s realization that the charisma that worked to make music could help people struggling with addictions, especially other musicians. The documentary is filled with famous faces: John Frusciante, Courtney Love, Flea, Anthony Kiedis. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Forrest work together on addiction recovery programs. It reveals a different Bob Forrest, one who had a lot of time to think about what makes recovery work.” - CNN.com

Bob and the Monster transcends the stereotype of heroin addicted rock star and reveals a more personal message. Bob’s story is a living testament to the heights of human courage and the ability to shape your own destiny. Directed by Keirda Bahruth, 85 minutes.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Hit So Hard ATA $10 / 9:00PM / Website Buy Tickets Hit So Hard is the pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, the hard-hitting drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band “Hole” during its peak years. As a young girl who always knew she was “different” from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of Rolling Stone. But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected “slacker” generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side. An unprecedented and unflinching inside look at one of the 90s most crucial and controversial groups. Directed by P. David Ebersole, 103 minutes. See the trailer»
Thursday, February 23, 2012 Blank City ATA $10 / 7:00PM / Website Buy Tickets Before HD there was Super 8. Before Independent Film there was Underground Cinema. And before New York there was...well, New York. Once upon a pre-Facebook time, before creative communities became virtual and viral, cultural movements were firmly grounded in geography. And the undisputed center of American—some would say international—art and film was New York City. In particular, downtown Manhattan in the late 1970’s and 80’s was the anchor of vanguard filmmaking.

BLANK CITY is a love letter to New York, a cultural portrait of Manhattan in the days of cheap rent and cheap drugs—before Reagan, big money, and gentrification forever altered the fabric of the city. With ample footage from seminal, seldom-seen works of No Wave Cinema and the Cinema of Transgression, BLANK CITY is a “who’s who primer” for the last 30 years of Downtown culture. Featured players include acclaimed directors Jim Jarmusch and John Waters, Amos Poe, Beth B, Lizzie Borden, musician director John Lurie, actor-writer-director Steve Buscemi, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Hip Hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Fittingly, the punk rock that galvanized the scene is now the soundtrack to BLANK CITY: Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Contortions, The Bush Tetras, and Sonic Youth. Directed by Celine Danhier, 94 minutes.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 N.A.S.A. - The Spirit of Apollo ATA $8 / 9:00PM Buy Tickets This film takes a look behind the making of N.A,S.A.'s globetrotting debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, masterminded by Sam Spiegel and DJ Zegon, featuring a truly staggering array of talent: David Byrne, Karen O, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Nick Zinner, Lykke Li, M.I.A., Kanye West, George Clinton, Chuck D, Seu Jorge, and the RZA. The movie features design and animation collaborations by Syd Garon, Shepard Fairey, Splunny, Sage Vaughn, Marcel Dzama, The Date Farmers, Logan, Didiu Rio Branco, Three Legged Legs and Lorenzo Fonda. Directed by Syd Garon and Sam Spiegel, 58 minutes. See the trailer»
Friday, February 24, 2012 Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story Q&A with the filmmakers Robert G. Bralver, Jeff Broadway and David Ferino after the screening
San Francisco Premiere
Roxie Theater $10 / 7:00PM / Website Buy Tickets Gatling Pictures' Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story examines the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of Boston "low rock" band Morphine. From his Newton, Mass., roots to his travels across America and around the globe, Sandman left an indelible imprint as one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation. Along with revisiting the "unique and sultry sound" of his music, the film explores the meaning of family through this critically praised and personally conflicted singer, songwriter and innovative instrumentalist.

The pursuit of Sandman’s turbulent story has led filmmakers Robert G. Bralver, Jeff Broadway and David Ferino to New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Rome. Among those appearing in the film are members of the Sandman family, Seth Mnookin (Vanity Fair), Nic Harcourt (Los Angeles Times, KCRW), Steve LaBate (Paste), Ben Harper, John Medeski, Les Claypool (Primus), Mike Watt (The Stooges), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and members of Morphine: Dana Colley, Billy Conway and Jerome Deupree. Directed by Robert Bralver and David Ferino, 83 minutes.

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Friday, February 24, 2012 Andrew Bird: Fever Year Q&A with director Xan Aranda after the screening
San Francisco Premiere
Roxie Theater $10 / 9:00PM / Website Buy Tickets Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago - feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal "perfectly adapted to the music hall?" Andrew Bird: Fever Year is the first to capture Bird's precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances with collaborators Martin Dosh, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, and others.

Andrew Bird: Fever Year isn't a document of Andrew's intimate details or an assay of his sweat. It's a snapshot a time during which he became "perfectly adapted to the music hall" - his risk and reward for being an undeniable creative force. Directed by Xan Aranda, 81 minutes.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012 Upside Down: The Creation Records Story San Francisco Premiere
Roxie Theater $10 / 7:00PM / Website Buy Tickets Millions of sales on both sides of the Atlantic, near bankruptcy, pills, thrills, spats, prats, successes, excesses, pick-me-ups and breakdowns; all spiraled together to create some of THE most defining music of the twentieth century. UPSIDE DOWN, produced and directed by Danny O’Connor, is the definitive and fully authorized documentary of the highs and lows of the UK’s most inspired, colorful and dissolute independent record label—Creation Records.

Over 25 years after Creation’s first records, UPSIDE DOWN follows the story from the days of Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, The Boo Radleys, Super Furry Animals, Swervedriver, Teenage Fan Club, Bob Mould's Sugar through to the extraordinary rise of Oasis ! It’s a very human story told with an abrasive honesty whether it by Alan McGee, Bobby Gillespie, Noel Gallagher, Bob Mould or Kevin Shields. The label’s enigmatic founder, Alan McGee, was the firebrand spirit who signed bands on instinct, risking bankruptcy and here he talks candidly of the trail which led from humble beginnings in Glasgow, via drink and drug dependency to being wined and dined at No 10 Downing Street by Tony Blair.

Far more than your run of the mill music doc, UPSIDE DOWN is the story of the rock 'n roll dream and its accompanying nightmares and of a time in the record business that we surely will not see again! Directed by Danny O' Connor, 101 Minutes.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012 Dragonslayer Q&A with the filmmaker John Baker and Director Tristan Patterson after the screening Roxie Theater $10 / 9:15PM / Website Buy Tickets DRAGONSLAYER documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of America’s economic collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, DRAGONSLAYER captures the life and times of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Set to the alternately roaring and dreamy soundtrack of bands from the indie labels Mexican Summer and Kemado Records—including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Golden Triangle, Jacuzzi Boys, Little Girls, Real Estate, The Soft Pack, Saviours, as well as DEATH and Thee Oh Sees—DRAGONSLAYER is a punk-rock manifesto to youth, love and learning to survive after the decline of western civilization. Directed by Tristan Petterson, 74 minutes. See the trailer»