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SU17 Festival Film | BANG: The Bert Berns Story
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

SU17 Festival Film | BANG: The Bert Berns Story

The documentary film “BANG! The Bert Berns Story,” which had its highly acclaimed World Premiere at SXSW, beats a peripatetic pace through the history of 60s R&B-fueled rock as driven by the man who propelled the most emotive, dynamic and sublime soundtrack of the era. Together with his co-director Bob Sarles, filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father's story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Cissy Houston, Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney and Keith Richards.

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SU17 Festival Shorts Program
Nov
13
2:00 PM14:00

SU17 Festival Shorts Program

This year's shorts program is anchored by three longer shorts and supported by an eclectic mix of music videos that run the gamut from hardcore punk to dance to indie rock and everything in between. The centerpiece film is the world premiere of "Music By The Pound" about Crown Records, the early home of BB King, Etta James, and Vic Damone among others. Visiting filmmakers will be in attendance and available for Q & A after the screening.

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SU17 Festival Film | Bad Rap
Nov
12
10:00 PM22:00

SU17 Festival Film | Bad Rap

"Bad Rap" follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina, the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to conflicted values of Lyricks, the film paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.

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SU17 Festival Film | Tower
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

SU17 Festival Film | Tower

Winner of the 2016 SXSW Audience & Jury Awards, nearly fifty years ago, a gunman rode the elevator to the twenty-seventh floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. “Tower”, an animated and action-packed documentary, shares the untold story of that day - when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

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SU17 Festival Film + Short | The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse
Nov
12
7:15 PM19:15

SU17 Festival Film + Short | The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse

"The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse" is a feature length music documentary on singer-songwriter Mark Linkous. A cult and hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a dramatic life that saw him battle with drug and alcohol addiction, paralysis, and debilitating mental illness that resulted in his eventual suicide.

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SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly

A sci-fi thriller with a philosophical bent and ending that people are still talking about, "Donnie Darko" also features some damn fine supporting players, including Jena Malone as Donnie's first love, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Donnie's sister (go figure!), Mary McDonnell (President Roslin!) and the late-great Patrick Swayze as a creepy self-help guru.

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SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly
Nov
11
to Nov 12

SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly

A sci-fi thriller with a philosophical bent and ending that people are still talking about, "Donnie Darko" also features some damn fine supporting players, including Jena Malone as Donnie's first love, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Donnie's sister (go figure!), Mary McDonnell (President Roslin!) and the late-great Patrick Swayze as a creepy self-help guru.

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SU17 Festival Film + Short | A Song For You: The ACL Story
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

SU17 Festival Film + Short | A Song For You: The ACL Story

From Willie Nelson to Wilco, Ray Charles to Radiohead, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story" offers the ultimate backstage pass to 40 years of incredible live music - see how long-time producers and loyal fans have made ACL the longest running music show in television history.

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SU17 Festival Film | Arctic Superstar
Nov
10
9:00 PM21:00

SU17 Festival Film | Arctic Superstar

The indigenous, Samí rapper Nils Rune Utsi - aka SlinCraze - lives with his mother in Máze, a nearly abandoned town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway. His dream is to make a living from his music and maybe even become world famous. The only problem is that less than 20.000 people speak his endangered language.

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SU17 Festival Music | Opening Night Party presented by Riverside Mahalo
Nov
10
9:00 PM21:00

SU17 Festival Music | Opening Night Party presented by Riverside Mahalo

Sound Unseen and Riverside Mahalo present the official Opening Night Party to kick off the 17th Annual Film + Music Festival taking place in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN November 10-13, 2016. The party features live performances by LOTT, Graveyard Club, and TBA act.

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SU17 Festival Film | Contemporary Color | Opening Night Film
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

SU17 Festival Film | Contemporary Color | Opening Night Film

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of Saint Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, Contemporary Color is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event.

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SU17 Festival Film | What Would Beethoven Do?
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

SU17 Festival Film | What Would Beethoven Do?

Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for the high cultured elite. “What Would Beethoven Do?” follows a number of renegades, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who works with tabla players to turntablists.

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SU17 Festival Film | Colin Hay: Waiting For My Real Life
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

SU17 Festival Film | Colin Hay: Waiting For My Real Life

“Colin Hay - Waiting For My Real Life” is the story of singer-songwriter Colin Hay, former front-man of Men At Work. Featuring interviews with Hugh Jackman, Mick Fleetwood, Sia Furler, Guy Pearce and many others, “Colin Hay - Waiting For My Real Life” is the inspiring story of a true artist.

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