Sounds of Summer 2017: Music Films, Old and New

June 29–Aug. 17, 2017

This year’s abundantly diverse selection includes both celebrated classics like Stop Making Sense and excellent newer releases such as Two Trains Runnin’, all showcasing brilliant musical acts and soulful characters. Featuring performances from artists Patsy Cline, The Band, Otis Redding, Talking Heads, The Beatles, Eagles of Death Metal, and more! Join us for the epic experience of watching and listening to great music films on the big screen with a crowd of like-minded fans. There’s nothing like it.

This series is programmed by Brian Ackerman, Karen Sloe Goodman, and Andrew Jupin.

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Two Trains Runnin' July 5   “A powerful meditation on the origins of an African-American musical genre and the painful reasons for its existence.” (RogerEbert.com)…
Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake!: Otis at Monterey July 6 Two short films, two legendary musicians, two mythic performances: Pioneering filmmakers D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus present Jimi Hendrix…
The Last Waltz July 8 “It’s arguably the most beautiful of rock movies, while the musical highlights – ‘The Weight’ with the Staples Singers, Van…
Four Lads from Liverpool: Deconstructing the Birth of the Beatles July 11 New live show! In the late 50s, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Richard Starkey were just four Liverpudlian teenagers who decided…
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: Deconstructing the Early Beatles July 12 New live show! In 1963, The Beatles went from four unknown musicians to musical superstars. The singles and albums they released that year,…
Roll Up!: Deconstructing Magical Mystery Tour July 13 New live show! Explore the music written for the Magical Mystery Tour TV show, as well as the additional songs that appeared on…
Buena Vista Social Club July 14 In the 1990s American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder pulled some of Cuba’s brightest musical talents out of obscurity…
Samba & Jazz July 17 “…probably the most revealing look we’ll ever get of its subject, and the most loving evocation of his music.” (Washington…
Gimme Danger July 18 “An important addition to our understanding of early ’70s anarchy.” (Time Out) “A brainy and funny look at the creation…
I Am the Blues July 24 “The music both comes out of and is an antidote for suffering, and the result is often joyful and exultant.”…
Patsy Cline: American Masters July 25 With rare performances of such classics as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and…
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll! July 26 To celebrate Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday, the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards asked Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, and longtime Berry pianist…
Deconstructing the Beatles’ White Album July 31 These screenings of Deconstructing the Beatles’ White Album are pre-recorded performances. Come into Abbey Road Studio for a look at the…
Deconstructing the Beatles’ Rubber Soul Aug. 1 These screenings of Deconstructing the Beatles’ Rubber Soul are pre-recorded performances. In October 1965, the Beatles were faced with an impossible…
Bill Frisell, A Portrait Aug. 2 A masterful musician, prolific composer, and bandleader, Bill Frisell has won a Grammy and was DownBeat’s Guitarist of the Year…
Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Aug. 7 These screenings of Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are pre-recorded performances. Rolling Stone called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club…
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) Aug. 8 “an engrossing portrait of the power of honesty and friendship, the permanence of art, and the perseverance of the human…
A Gesture and a Word Aug. 9 7:30: With an introduction by filmmaker Dave Davidson When singer/songwriter Rob Morsberger was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2011, he and filmmaker Dave Davidson were already working…
A Matter of Time Aug. 10 “A Matter of Time is part concert film, part family portrait, and part call to action.” (The Tyee) In 2007…
Deconstructing the Beatles’ Revolver Aug. 14 These screenings of Deconstructing the Beatles’ Revolver are pre-recorded performances. This 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for the…
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Aug. 16 Blues master Taj Mahal recalls that the 1958 single “Rumble”—by Link Wray, who was born to Shawnee parents—actually made him…
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man Aug. 17 “…the portrait of Cohen that emerges is a fascinating one.” (San Jose Mercury News) “Cohen is clearly a songwriter’s songwriter,…
Monterey Pop Feb. 28 “Watching the new 4K restoration of Monterey Pop is like re-experiencing the best of the Sixties in 80 glorious minutes.…
Stop Making Sense Aug. 13 Annual Screening in Honor of Jonathan Demme Jonathan Demme made his documentary debut with this euphoric showcase for the Talking Heads, exploding from the stage just after…
Dont Look Back Aug. 28 Free for Members The documentaries produced by the late D.A. Pennebaker—from his frantic, beautiful short Daybreak Express, to all the musicians, politicians, Broadway…

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