Archive for the ‘film’ Category

Tonight: “Springsteen & I”

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The documentary “Springsteen & I” will screen at 7:30 tonight at the Regal movie theater in Bend’s Old Mill District. Tickets are $15.

Here’s what I wrote about it in last week’s GO! Magazine:

There are plenty of rock stars big enough to warrant their own documentaries.

But there are very few who are so massive and so meaningful that a filmmaker could focus solely on their fans.

Bruce Springsteen — songwriter extraordinaire, tireless performer, rock ‘n’ roll everyman and generational icon — is one of the latter.

And so, “Springsteen & I” exists.

The documentary … “incorporates the efforts of more than 2,000 fans around the world who submitted personal video clips to make the ultimate collective filmmaking experience about how Springsteen and his music became the soundtrack to so many lives.”

The trailer … features several people talking about their Springsteen love, from a man hugging Bruce after getting dumped to a woman who used to tell her son (tongue-in-cheekily, we think) the Boss was his father.

That’s all great, but it’s also worth noting that the film features lots of performances, behind-the-scenes clips and never-before-seen archival concert footage. So even if the fans aren’t your thing, you get lots of Bruce. And that’s a good thing.

And here’s the trailer!

Tonight at McMenamins: “Ain’t In It For My Health”

Friday, July 12th, 2013


At 9 tonight, McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend will show “Ain’t In It For My Health,” a documentary about the late, great drummer of The Band, Levon Helm, who died 15 months ago. Here’s a synopsis from the film’s website:

Director Jacob Hatley’s intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight.

$5 gets you in. What a steal.

Here are two trailers!

“A Band Called Death” is playing at Tin Pan Theater this weekend

Saturday, July 6th, 2013


I meant to post this yesterday because there was a showing last night, but you have two more chances to see “A Band Called Death” at Tin Pan Theater this weekend: tonight at 9, and Sunday at 8 p.m.

“A Band Called Death” is a documentary about a trio of black teenaged brothers from Detroit who formed a punk band called Death in the early 1970s, before the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the punk explosion in general. For a variety of reasons — their sound, their name, their skin color in the Motown era — Death never made it out of the garage until the past few years, when the band’s master tapes were discovered, an album was released, a reunion was sparked, and so on.

I’m not sure what Tin Pan‘s general practice is as far as bringing movies back for a second weekend (or beyond), so if you want to be sure to see this one, then you should do so tonight or tomorrow night.

A one-page BendFilm schedule that’s easy to print and carry with you as you bounce around the festival

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

A little off topic, but: The ninth annual BendFilm Festival begins tomorrow night and runs through Sunday at various venues around town that are good for watching movies.

Our coverage of the festival has already begun, and we’ll have all the nuts and bolts of the event — when, where, what to see and more — in Friday’s GO! Magazine, plus an easy-to-use, one-page schedule of all the films showing at the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In fact, we think the schedule is so great, we added the Thursday-night screenings, got it all to fit on one regular-sized sheet of paper, and created a PDF!

You can view and print that schedule by clicking here.

Circle your “must see” flicks, fold it up, and head out knowing that you’ve got everything you need to know at a size that’ll fit in your pocket.

And seeing as how this is a music blog, here’s the trailer for the film I’m going to try to catch, “An Affair of the Heart,” a documentary about the enduring celebrity of pop/TV star Rick Springfield and his, um, passionate and dedicated fans. This looks pretty great, I think. It’s showing at 8 p.m. Friday at Regal Old Mill cinema and at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

“D tour” screens tonight in Bend

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Here’s something you should definitely go do tonight: “D tour,” the winner of BendFilm’s Best Documentary award last fall, is screening at 8:30 p.m. at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. It’ll cost you $8, or $6 if you’re a BendFilm member. Director/producer Jim Granato is going to be on hand to talk about the film, and you can read my colleague David Jasper’s interview with him by clicking here (if you’re a subscriber).

“D tour” is about Pat Spurgeon, member of the excellent Bay Area-based pop-rock band Rogue Wave, and his struggle to maintain his music career while also dealing with kidney failure. The film follows Spurgeon as he tours with Rogue Wave and performs daily dialysis while on the road, while also searching for a viable donor. It also includes live performances by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Nada Surf, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers and, of course, Rogue Wave.

The movie is supposed to be quite good, though I don’t know for sure, as I haven’t seen it. I can tell you this, though: After what I thought was a disappointing third record in 2007, Rogue Wave surprised the heck out of me this year with “Permalight,” which I think is one of the best albums of 2010 so far.

Anyway, here’s a trailer for “D tour”:

D Tour trailer from Jim Granato on Vimeo.

“Playing For Change” screenings Thursday to benefit KPOV radio

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Here’s something a little different to do on a Thursday night: The film “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” will be shown twice tomorrow night at the Domino Room in Bend. Proceeds will benefit Bend’s community radio station, KPOV.

Screenings are at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with doors opening 30 minutes before each showing. Tickets at the door are $6, and $5 for KPOV members. Children are welcome. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be sold. The Domino Room is at 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave. in Bend.

“Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” is an 84-minute documentary that takes viewers around the world as musicians merge their music into an inspirational tapestry by performing songs such as “Stand By Me,” “One Love” and “War/No More Trouble.” The idea is to gather musicians, singers and audiences to bring peace to the world through music. The film, which was produced over several years with a mobile recording studio and cameras, was the Audience Award winner at the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival and an official selection at 2008’s Tribeca Film Festival and Jerusalem Film Festival.

More info is at Playing For Change’s Web site, and more info on the local screening is at KPOV’s Web site. Below is a taste of what the film’s all about, and you should go poke around the group’s YouTube channel. It’s a treasure trove.