Sounds of Summer 2018: Music Films, Old and New

July 8–Aug. 23, 2018

All hail music! Alongside terrific new films, we’ve greatly expanded our slate of classics. We’re opening with the Beatles’ timeless, psychedelic Yellow Submarine. And the summer wouldn’t be complete without our annual rite of screening Stop Making Sense—which we promise to play LOUD, as Jonathan wanted. It’s been 15 years since we played Festival Express but we have it, and I challenge anyone to tell me that Janis Joplin’s performance doesn’t bring them to their knees. Brian Ackerman, programming director

Among my favorites of this year’s new music films are outstanding portraits of Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas and Panamanian musician, actor, and activist Ruben Blades. Thanks to our partnership with WFUV 90.7 public radio, legendary DJs Rita Houston and Dennis Elsas will join us to explore the musical legacies of two listener favorites: The Avett Brothers, and the Rolling Stones’ guitar guru Keith Richards. The music never dies…and we’ve got the films to prove it! —Karen Sloe Goodman, programmer

Our mantra for all film programs here at the JBFC is especially true of the films in Sounds of Summer: There really is nothing like seeing them on the big screen. This year’s lineup is no exception! We’re bringing back Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t also tell you about some of our classic selections including Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, the rarely seen classic about one of the best bands ever: Wilco. —Andrew Jupin, senior programmer

Yellow Submarine July 8–30 “The movie exists as pure charm, expressed in fantastical imagery. And then there are the songs.” (Roger Ebert) Brimming with…
Chavela July 9 “Legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas receives justifiably laudatory treatment. A love letter to a woman whose voice drew forth a…
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge Part I July 11–12 Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and Emmy winner Blair Foster (George Harrison: Living in…
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge Part II July 11–12 Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and Emmy winner Blair Foster (George Harrison: Living in…
Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same July 14 The perfect post–Pleasantville Music Festival movie. Led Zeppelin had been wanting to make a live concert film for years, and…
Deconstructing the Beatles: The Birth of the Beatles July 16–Aug. 15 We’re still thrilling to Scott Freiman’s bottomless pool of knowledge about the Beatles. Here he takes on the band before…
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers July 17 Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, May It Last is a deeply intimate and revealing look at…
Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul July 18 The stormy life of the blues/rock singer with the unforgettably gritty voice and trademark spasmodic body movements. Joe Cocker, who…
Festival Express July 23 It’s the summer of 1970, and the Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, and others are ridin’ that…
Austin to Boston July 25 Free members-only screening! Five old VW camper vans. Four bands. Three thousand miles. Two weeks. One gloriously backwards tour. The…
Deconstructing the Beatles: 1963 Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! July 26–Aug. 23 We’re still thrilling to Scott Freiman’s bottomless pool of knowledge about the Beatles. Here he takes on the band before…
Stop Making Sense July 31 “Has there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized? I don’t think so.” (San Francisco…
Itzhak Aug. 1 Filmmaker Alison Chernick (Matthew Barney: No Restraint) takes us on an intimate cinematic journey through the life of Itzhak Perlman,…
Keith Richards: Under the Influence Aug. 2 Academy Award–winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) brings us this laid-back portrait of Rolling Stones guitarist and pop culture…
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco Aug. 6 In 2001, when Wilco was finishing up their fourth studio album (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), considered to be one of the…
Ruben Blades Is Not My Name Aug. 8 One of Latin America´s most beloved singer-songwriters, Ruben Blades (“Pedro Navaja,” “Patria”) has had an exhilarating career—recording 38 albums, winning…
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Aug. 9 Back by popular demand! A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence, a global superstar—Grace Jones is…
Neil Young: Heart of Gold Aug. 11 “The record of a life, a musical and spiritual autobiography [that] taps into the kind of unashamed, unsentimental emotion that’s…
Gimme Shelter Aug. 13 “A stunning film, a sensational piece of filmmaking, a landmark.” (Hollywood Reporter) “How does one review this picture? It’s like…
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Aug. 21 “Funny, infectious, and welcoming… Part comedy, part concert film, part avant-garde experiment, and all of it a joy.” (Daily News)…
American Folk Aug. 22 In this warm-hearted drama, folk musicians Amber Rubarth and Joe Purdy play Joni and Elliot, a couple of strangers who…

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