Sounds of Summer: Greatest Hits Vol. 1

July 6–Aug. 31, 2021

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re delighted to offer this jam-packed lineup featuring some of the stellar music docs we’ve screened in Sounds of Summer over the years. Sounds is such a fun series to put together each year, and attending these screenings is one of the absolute best experiences you can have at the JBFC: sitting in a theater with a crowd of music-loving cinephiles, watching fantastic performances on a huge screen with incredible music pumping through our sound system—you can’t beat it.

This year’s series features a wide array of films covering all sorts of artists and genres, so even in this greatest hits lineup of stone-cold classics, there’s something for everyone. Prepare to have your socks knocked off (again) by the force of nature that is Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace; get a double dose of Dylan with Dont Look Back and Rolling Thunder Revue; revisit the Cuban Cinderella story of Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club; get your festival fix from films like Jazz on a Summer’s Day, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, Monterey Pop, and Wattstax; witness Madison Square Garden vibrate in Shut Up and Play the Hits and Awesome; I F*ckin’ Shot That!; and don’t miss our annual tribute screening of Stop Making Sense in honor of our dear friend, Jonathan Demme.

All this and more will play in the series as we celebrate being a part of this community for two decades! Sounds is one of my favorite series to curate for the JBFC, and we’re so excited to offer our audience the chance to groove through the hot summer months with some excellent music films and a heaping helping of air conditioning. —Andrew Jupin, Senior Film Programmer

Free Anniversary Screenings for Members: The July 13 6:00 pm screening of Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, the July 14 7:00 pm screening of Buena Vista Social Club, and the August 12 7:00 pm screening of Festival are available as free screenings for members in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. Members may choose one of the three screenings to attend for free. Due to limited availability, we suggest that members redeem their tickets in advance and request that they choose one screening only. Members must log in to access their free ticket/s online, or can pick up their ticket/s at the box office.

Want to keep the party going? Check out JBFC Mixtapes, Vol. 22: Sounds of Summer, a custom playlist curated by JBFC Senior Film Programmer Andrew Jupin to celebrate the return of this beloved series!

SERIES TRAILER

20 Feet From Stardom July 6 Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold…
A Poem is a Naked Person July 7 Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one…
Monterey Pop July 8 On a beautiful June weekend over 50 years ago, the Monterey International Pop Festival ushered in a new era of…
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese July 13 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America and the joyous music…
Buena Vista Social Club July 14 Traveling with a small film crew, Wim Wenders accompanied his old friend Ry Cooder—who did the fantastic score for Paris,…
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party July 15 “Funny, infectious, and welcoming… Part comedy, part concert film, part avant-garde experiment, and all of it a joy.” (Daily News)…
Gimme Shelter July 20 “How does one review this picture? It’s like reviewing the footage of President Kennedy’s assassination or Lee Harvey Oswald’s murder.…
Jazz on a Summer’s Day July 21 “Performances among the treasures of filmed music…filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that…
Awesome; I F*ckin' Shot That! July 22 The film that started the Oscilloscope Laboratories journey! Co-founder David Fenkel was an executive at THINKFilm in 2006 when he…
Amazing Grace July 27 Crafted from never-before-seen footage originally shot in 1972, Amazing Grace documents the recording of Aretha Franklin’s seminal and acclaimed gospel…
Neil Young: Heart of Gold July 28 “The record of a life, a musical and spiritual autobiography [that] taps into the kind of unashamed, unsentimental emotion that’s…
Shut Up and Play the Hits: The Very Loud Ending of LCD Soundsystem July 29 Before The Resurrection at Webster Hall, their musical rebirth with American Dream, the 10-night residency at Brooklyn Steel, and the…
Dont Look Back Aug. 5 Bob Dylan is captured onscreen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The…
Wattstax Aug. 10 “A candid, colorful and deeply meaningful sociocultural time capsule, one that captured the Black community at the height of its…
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Aug. 11 “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am.” —John Coltrane From his infectious rendition of “My Favorite Things”…
Festival Aug. 12 Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop, there was Festival. From 1963 to 1966, Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival…
The Wrecking Crew! Aug. 17 Music lovers will be astonished at the influence The Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music in the 1960s…
The Grateful Dead Movie Aug. 18 Jerry Garcia (with Leon Gast) directs this rarely-screened concert film made up of highlights from the five-night run at San…
Stop Making Sense Aug. 19 Jonathan Demme made his documentary debut with this euphoric showcase for the Talking Heads, exploding from the stage just after…
Long Strange Trip Aug. 24 Long Strange Trip is the first full-length documentary to piece together the epic history of rock band The Grateful Dead,…
Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake!: Otis at Monterey Aug. 25 Two short films, two legendary musicians, two mythic performances: Pioneering filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus present Jimi Hendrix and…
The Last Waltz Aug. 31 “Seeing The Last Waltz again after many years is like revisiting an old passion and realizing the heat is still…

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