Don't Knock The Rock 2012

Co-presented by BMI, The Criterion Collection, Globe Shoes, Trailers From Hell, Amoeba Music, Blood Is The New Black, Light In The Attic Records, L.A. Record, L.A. Slush, MusicFilmWeb and Factory 25.

The Cinefamily is proud to be the continuing home of the Don’t Knock The Rock music documentary festival! Co-founded by filmmaker Allison Anders, and with live music curated by co-founder Tiffany Anders, Don’t Knock The Rock is a high-energy fest dedicated to the love, lust and mania of all pop, rock and roots film and music; its films contain quintessential music performances and vintage footage of important artists in their prime. Every night is hosted by returning MC Michael Des Barres, and is packed with entertainment, whether it’s with live performances on the Cinefamily stage by the very subjects of the films, DJs spinning at intermission, or Q&As with virtually all the filmmakers!
Past DKTR highlights include sold-out premiere screenings of The One Man Beatles, the story of Emmitt Rhodes); Deconstructing Dad, the feature doc about electronic music/jazz genius Raymond Scott; MC5: A True Testimonial; Eric Idle’s world premiere of Can’t Buy Me Lunch (a sequel to All You Need Is Cash!); Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways, directed by Runaways bassist Vicki Tischler-Blue; Kurt Voss’s love letter to seminal LA band Gun Club, Ghost On The Highway; the US premiere of Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, Ava DuVernay’s portrait of seminal L.A. hip-hop This Is The Life, and a sneak world premiere of Amazing Grace (about the late Jeff Buckley). Sold-out evening musical performances curated by DKTR Music Director Tiffany Anders have included Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, J Mascis, Built to Spill, Jon Brion, Earthless, Gun Club reunion, Black Heart Procession, Gary Wilson, John Doe, The Fucking Champs and Dead Meadow!

Circle Jerks: My Career As A Jerk (director in person!, 10:30pm)

Encore presentation!
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8/30/2012 - 10:30PM

The incredible true story of the legendary Los Angeles punk godfathers, helmed by one of the original punk scene’s most long-standing filmmakers! From its inception, the Circle Jerks were gloriously rooted in snarling controversy. Formed by ex-members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late ‘79, the band quickly encapsulated for the entire world the image, sound and energy of California hardcore — and continues to do so today. Filmmaker Dave Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential bands in the American underground. Traversing some 30 years of history, My Career As A Jerk shares personal stories from such Jerks as Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Lehrer, Earl Liberty & Zander Schloss, and includes tons of shredding live performance (including footage Markey personally shot in the early ‘80s.) Director Dave Markey will be here to introduce the film!
Dir. Dave Markey, 2012, HD presentation, 96 min.

Watch the trailer for “My Career As A Jerk”!
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Circle Jerks: My Career As A Jerk (director & band members in person!) 7:30PM

Director & band members in person!
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8/30/2012 - 7:30PM

The incredible true story of the legendary Los Angeles punk godfathers, helmed by one of the original punk scene’s most long-standing filmmakers! From its inception, the Circle Jerks were gloriously rooted in snarling controversy. Formed by ex-members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late ‘79, the band quickly encapsulated for the entire world the image, sound and energy of California hardcore — and continues to do so today. Filmmaker Dave Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential bands in the American underground. Traversing some 30 years of history, My Career As A Jerk shares personal stories from such Jerks as Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Lehrer, Earl Liberty & Zander Schloss, and includes tons of shredding live performance (including footage Markey personally shot in the early ‘80s.) Director Dave Markey will be here for a Q&A after the film — plus, Greg Hetson and Lucky Lehrer will be in attendance!
Dir. Dave Markey, 2012, HD presentation, 96 min.

Watch the trailer for “My Career As A Jerk”!
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The Rise And Fall Of The Clash (West Coast premiere!, 10:30PM)

Encore presentation!
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8/29/2012 - 10:30PM

By 1980, The Clash had broken out from the U.K. underground and into the mainstream following a succession of brilliant albums. By 1982, they became one of the greatest punk crossover success stories ever, with Combat Rock. And, by 1983, the band was quickly on its way to becoming only a memory. Thundering internal tensions, a punishing non-stop work schedule, a highly controversial band manager, revolving-door late lineups — these are but a few of the many threads tightly interwoven into The Rise And Fall Of The Clash, a rare exploration into the demise of one of the most influential groups in rock history. Delivering unprecedented candor on the subject of “The Only Band That Ever Mattered”, the film features brand-new interviews with Clash bandmates and associates like Mick Jones, Ray Jordan, Pearl Harbour, Norman Watt-Roy, Pete Howard, Nick Sheppard, Viv Albertine, Vic Godard, Jock Scot, Mike Laye and Rudy Can’t Fail, who all cut the crap and get straight to the heart of the matter.
Dir. Danny Garcia, 2012, HD presentation, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Rise And Fall Of The Clash”
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The Rise And Fall Of The Clash (West Coast premiere!) 7:30PM

Producer and interview subjects in person!
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8/29/2012 - 7:30PM

By 1980, The Clash had broken out from the U.K. underground and into the mainstream following a succession of brilliant albums. By 1982, they became one of the greatest punk crossover success stories ever, with Combat Rock. And, by 1983, the band was quickly on its way to becoming only a memory. Thundering internal tensions, a punishing non-stop work schedule, a highly controversial band manager, revolving-door late lineups — these are but a few of the many threads tightly interwoven into The Rise And Fall Of The Clash, a rare exploration into the demise of one of the most influential groups in rock history. Delivering unprecedented candor on the subject of “The Only Band That Ever Mattered”, the film features brand-new interviews with Clash bandmates and associates like Mick Jones, Ray Jordan, Pearl Harbour, Norman Watt-Roy, Pete Howard, Nick Sheppard, Viv Albertine, Vic Godard, Jock Scot, Mike Laye and Rudy Can’t Fail, who all cut the crap and get straight to the heart of the matter. Producer Glenn Aveni, along with interview participants from the film, will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Danny Garcia, 2012, HD presentation, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Rise And Fall Of The Clash”
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Ken Russell Tribute: Lisztomania

Ken Russell's most out-there film!
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8/18/2012 - 7PM
Co-presented by Warner Archive

The most fantastical, bawdy, synth-adelic, opulent and outré film ever from the Seventies’ most audacious cinematic enfant terrible! Following the huge success of Tommy, Ken Russell next tackled one of his trademark composer biographies — and the result was the life of Franz Liszt as channeled through Superman comics, 10-foot phalluses, glittery hoedowns, Frankenstein, Metropolis, Ringo Starr as “The Pope”(!), and a stupendous list of other impossible stuff. Portrayed by Roger Daltrey (and accompanied by an adapted score from keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman), Liszt is at first shown as a 19th-century equivalent to Daltrey’s real-life brand of rock ‘n roll animal — but, of course, Russell gleefully ramps every piece of sensory input to 11, pitting Liszt as a superhero priest sent to annihilate the scourge of vampiric Nazi mad scientist Richard Wagner. Not all pure insanity, Lisztomania also features startling moments of quiet clarity, exemplified in a heartrending flashback re-imagining Liszt’s idyllic romantic life as a cross-pollination between the winter cabin scenes of both Citizen Kane and The Gold Rush. Woefully misunderstood and critically savaged upon its original release, Lisztomania is one hell of a good time, and exemplifies a kind of radical chance-taking Hollywood can’t even conceive of today — the kind that Russell couldn’t conceive of not bringing to the screen. This one’s been on the “bucket list” of both Don’t Knock The Rock’s Allison Anders, and the Cinefamily programming team — so come party with us as we watch Lisztomania in a glorious archival 35mm print!
Dir. Ken Russell, 1975, 35mm, 103 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Lisztomania”!

Watch Don’t Knock The Rock festival founder/programmer Allison Anders talking about the trailer for “Lisztomania” on Trailers From Hell”!
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Bad Brains: Band In D.C.

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8/16/2012 - 7:30PM

“As Henry Rollins states early on in Bad Brains: Band in DC, a definitive documentary on the legendary hardcore band is long overdue. ‘Legendary’ is even understating it a bit, as Bad Brains helped to invent what we know as American hardcore, taking inspiration from the Sex Pistols and The Damned, melding it with their own funk- and soul-inspired musicality, a “positive attitude message”, and an electric performance style to birth a beast all their own, influencing everyone from Rollins to Minor Threat to the Beastie Boys to the Cro-Mags and more. The new documentary directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan attempts to capture and commemorate the history of this band while also dealing with the serious issues they have faced, mostly thanks to wonderfully (and destructively) unhinged lead singer H.R. As a history of Bad Brains and an archive of their incredible performances in the early ‘80s, this film is a treasure chest of gems. The film is kinetic, frenetic (how could it not be, with video of H.R. performing in his heyday; the man is the definition of electrically charged), and well-paced with lots to love for any Bad Brains, punk or music fans. Their tribute is long overdue and we should be thankful that a film recognizing their musical genius, originality and influence exists at all.” — Katie Walsh, Indiewire

Watch the trailer for “Bad Brains: Band In D.C.”!
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Jobriath A.D. (director in person!)

The True Fairy of Rock & Roll!
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8/9/2012 - 7:30PM

“The American Bowie” — “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll” — and “Hype of the Year.” Known as the first openly gay rock star in the mid-1970s, Jobriath’s legacy has proven to be deeper than the labels and epithets once hung upon him. His reign in the spotlight was unfortunately brief — spanning only two years and two albums. Sabotaged by a publicity machine run amok, shunned by the gay community and dismissed too easily by critics, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business just as quickly as he had been ushered in, and became an early casualty of AIDS in 1983. Through interviews, archival material, animation new musical performances, and interviews with Marc Almond, Jayne County, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and more, Jobriath A.D. allows you to experience the heartbreaking, unbelievable story of the one, the only — Jobriath. Director Kieran Turner will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Kieran Turner, 2011, digital presentation, 102 min.

Watch the trailer for “Jobriath A.D.”!
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Apocalypse (World Premiere!), Music Man Murray + live performance by Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan live!
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8/2/2012 - 7:30PM

World Premiere screening! For the past 25 years, under both the Smog moniker and under his own name, Bill Callahan has cultivated an indelible legacy as both a pioneer in the lo-fi movement, and a songwriting talent that’s developed into simply one of our country’s greatest. Offering voyeuristic glimpses into a meticulously constructed universe of disaffection and disorder, his “painfully intimate songs ping-ponging wildly through a scrapbook of childhood recollections, failed relationships, bizarre fetishes, and dashed hopes.” (AMG) Shot on the U.S. leg of his 2011 tour, Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film is an impressionistic collection of live performances and scenes from the road. Filmmaker Hanly Banks explores the changing landscape through the windows of Bill’s tour van through California, the midwest, and back to the Big Apple, in a psychedelic tapestry of footage from one of the most talked-about traveling acts of last summer. Bill Callahan will be here at the Cinefamily in person for a live set after the film — and director Hanly Banks will also be here for a Q&A!

Plus, the evening kicks off with the amazing short doc Music Man Murray (w/ score by Van Dyke Parks), a portrait of 88-year-old Murray Gershenz — obsessive collector of over 300,000 LPs — and his struggles to sell them all through his store in historic West Adams. Director Richard Parks will be here for a Q&A after the film!

Watch the trailer for “Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film”!

Watch the trailer for “Music Man Murray”!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Searching For Sugar Man

Free sneak preview!
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7/26/2012 - 7:30PM

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. One registration per person. All current Cinefamily members get first entry. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended. Doors will open 30 min. before showtime. No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

One of the biggest success stories from Sundance 2012, Searching For Sugar Man is the truly outstanding and totally engrossing yarn of a long-lost folk rock legend suddenly found! In 1968, there emerged from Detroit a charismatic Mexican-American singer/songwriter named Rodriguez, who had attracted a local following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. A kind of Chicano Bob Dylan, Rodriguez was the greatest ’70s U.S. rock icon who never was, but his debut album “Cold Fact” was a commercial disaster, marking the premature decline of his career — and the beginning of widespread rumors of his suicide. Many years later, in South Africa (of all places), bootlegs of “Cold Fact” circulated, as Rodriguez’s musical message connected with an entire generation of liberal youth totally at odds with Apartheid. Upon the belated CD release of his second LP, two South African fans take it as a sign to look into the mystery of how Rodriguez died, and what happened to all of the profits from his album sales. Thus begins a wild obstacle ride documented in this heartbreaking, humorous, shocking and hopeful story about the resonating, life-changing power of music.
Dir. Malik Bendjelloul, 2012, 85 min.


Tickets – free admission (first-come, first-serve with registration)

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. One registration per person. All current Cinefamily members get first entry. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended. Doors will open 30 min. before showtime. No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

Watch an excerpt from “Searching for Sugar Man”!
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