Don't Knock The Rock 2016!

Co-presented by BMI, The Criterion Collection, Amoeba Music, Midnight Rider, MusicFilmWeb, Trailers From Hell, Light In The Attic Records, Factory 25 and Bubble Genius.

 

Since 2008, 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 co-curated with 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 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 Family Band: The Cowsills Story, Bad Brains: Band in D.C., Deconstructing Dad (about jazz/electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott), MC5: A True Testimonial, My Career as a Jerk: The Circle Jerks, The Monks: Transatlantic Feedback, Lawrence of Belgravia, Autoluminiscent: Rowland S. Howard, You’re Gonna Miss Me: Roky Erickson, We Jam Econo: The Minutemen, The Wrecking Crew, Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, On/Off – Mark Stewart – from The Pop Group to the Maffia, The Ballad of Mott The Hoople, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons, Good Ol’ Freda, Searching For Sugar Man, Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film, You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story and Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story. Sold-out evening musical performances curated by DKTR Music Director Tiffany Anders have included Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, Bill Callahan, J Mascis, Built to Spill, Jon Brion, Earthless, Gun Club reunion, Black Heart Procession, Gary Wilson, John Doe, The Fucking Champs and Dead Meadow.

 

BUY TICKETS ($12-25/free for members. Showtimes subject to change.):
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Wednesday, July 27th – Opening Night: “The Colossus Of Destiny – A Melvins Tale” Premiere! With Q + A and short set!: 7:30pm
Thursday, August 4th – Bang! The Bert Berns Story : 7:30pm
Thursday, August 11th – Sidemen: Long Road to Glory: 7:30pm
Thursday, August 18th – SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock: 7:30pm
Thursday, August 25th – A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story: 7:30pm
Thursday, September 1st – Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows: 7:30pm
Thursday, September 15th – B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989: 7:30pm
Thursday, September 22nd – Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism: 7:30pm
Thursday, September 29th – Gary Numan: Android in La La Land: 7:30pm

 

 

DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

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9/29/2016 - 7:30PM

Android In La La Land is a celebration of a British music-making pioneer and the love story that helped him turn his life around. At the end of the 1970s, Gary Numan found himself to be one of the world’s biggest-selling artists–”Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and “Cars” were huge hits–and no one had heard, or seen, anyone like him.

Asperger’s syndrome helped forge Numan’s ambition, his music and image, but it was also a chanllenge. At a time when the public knew little about the condition, the press labeled him a freak, one paper suggested his parents should have been doctored for giving birth to him. Depression, near bankruptcy and a period in the wilderness followed. Then Numan fell in love with his biggest fan, and married her…

Dir. Steve Read & Rob Alexander, 2016, DCP, 85 min.

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DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism (Encore!)

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9/22/2016 - 10:15PM

“We were rock stars!” explains former Creem editor Jaan Uhelszki. From 1966-81, music magazines gave counter culture its literary wit—and the writers were as flamboyant as the rock stars. Music critics like Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, Ben Fong-Torres, Gene Sculatti, Sandy Pearlman, Susan Whitall, Bill Holdship, and Sylvie Simmons developed followings of thousands of music listeners who loyally read their writing in the pages of Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Creem, Circus, Hit Parader, Trouser Press, New York Rocker, Who Put the Bomp, Mojo and countless other zines, alt-weeklies, and student rags. However, when MTV emerged in 1981, the magazines saw their market share collapse as America shifted from print media to cable television—young people wanted their MTV. Follow the rise and fall of the rock n’ roll magazine!

Dir. Raul Sandelin, 2016, Digital Presentation, 85 min.

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DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism

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9/22/2016 - 7:30PM

Q&A with filmmakers and rock journalist guest panel!

“We were rock stars!” explains former Creem editor Jaan Uhelszki. From 1966-81, music magazines gave counter culture its literary wit—and the writers were as flamboyant as the rock stars. Music critics like Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, Ben Fong-Torres, Gene Sculatti, Sandy Pearlman, Susan Whitall, Bill Holdship, and Sylvie Simmons developed followings of thousands of music listeners who loyally read their writing in the pages of Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Creem, Circus, Hit Parader, Trouser Press, New York Rocker, Who Put the Bomp, Mojo and countless other zines, alt-weeklies, and student rags. However, when MTV emerged in 1981, the magazines saw their market share collapse as America shifted from print media to cable television—young people wanted their MTV. Follow the rise and fall of the rock n’ roll magazine!

Dir. Raul Sandelin, 2016, Digital Presentation, 85 min.

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DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989

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9/15/2016 - 7:30PM

Music, art and chaos mixed together in the creative melting pot that was the wild West Berlin of the 1980s, a time when sub and pop culture permeated the volatile walled-in city where everything and anything seemed possible. B-Movie is a break-neck collage of primarily unreleased film and television footage from that frenzied but creative decade that kicked off with punk and ended with the Love Parade. In this city where the days are short and the nights are endless, nothing was about long-term success, but about living for the here and now.

Dir. Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange & Klaus Maeck, 2015, Digital Presentation, 92 min.

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DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows

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9/1/2016 - 7:30PM

Live set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Fans of 1960s R&B music know Syl Johnson as an influential African-American artist who cut under-appreciated classics like “Come On Sock It To Me” and “Is It Because I’m Black.” Despite enormous talent and a dynamic stage presence, mainstream success never happened for Syl. He drifted into obscurity while his smooth, sexy-voiced rival Al Green (“Let’s Stay Together”) zoomed to stardom. Syl eventually quit music and opened a chain of fast-food fish restaurants after disco crushed the memory of soul. Story over, right? Not so fast. Payback’s a bitch, and Syl—a righteously aggrieved curmudgeon—took his revenge in a most satisfying way. The opening seconds of his 1967 song “Different Strokes”—primal grunts over a stark drumbeat with Minnie Riperton’s laughter swirling overhead—became one of the most sampled breakbeats in hip-hop, and Syl turned into a litigation machine. And he was a natural! Syl got so much money from RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan that he now calls his home “The House That Wu Built.” While he chased down more people to sue, a new generation of fans discovered his classic records through the reissue record label Numero Group, and Syl’s on-stage career was reborn. With a funky, energetic soundtrack, an original score by Yo La Tengo, and interviews with hip-hop icons RZA, Prince Paul, Jazzy Jay, and Peanut Butter Wolf, this documentary is a buoyant and satisfying celebration of an unsung legend who stuck around around long enough to finally enjoy his redemption.

Dir. Robert Hatch-Miller, 2015, DCP, 85 min.

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DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

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8/25/2016 - 7:30PM

Packed wall to wall with the greatest music from Texas and beyond, with performances from Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Beck, Alabama Shakes, and Radiohead, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story is music to the ears of fans everywhere. This film highlights the PBS series’ evolution, proving that after 40 years, ACL is more relevant now than ever before. Featuring interviews with dozens of artists and fans, and untold insights from long-time producer Terry Lickona, A Song For You transcends the TV show and gives audiences a front-row seat and backstage pass to the greatest performances of the longest running music show in television history.

Dir. Keith Maitland, 2016, DCP, 96 min.

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DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

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8/18/2016 - 7:30PM

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock is an odyssey into the colorful and bohemian tales of rock ‘n’ roll’s history. A cinematic adventure that delves deep into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. Told through the poignant lens of rock ‘n’ roll mythology, icon-maker, psychedelic explorer, poet and custodian of dreams, Mick Rock navigates his story from the glam rock shimmer of London to the snarl of NYC punk, and deep into the new millennium.

Dir. Barnaby Clay, 2016, DCP, 95 min.

DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Sidemen: Long Road to Glory

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8/11/2016 - 7:30PM

Q&A w/ Producer Tony Grazia and Composer Fabrizzio Grossi

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory is an intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin–all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. The film captures some of their last interviews and final live performances before their deaths in 2011. The historic live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary musicians inspired, including Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tim Reynolds, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa, and Johnny Winter.

Dir. Scott Rosenbaum, 2016, DCP, 77 min.

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DKTR: Bang! The Bert Berns Story (Encore!)

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8/4/2016 - 10:15PM

Introduced by Michael Des Barres

Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary narrated by Steven Van Zandt. You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he has written and produced: “Twist & Shout”, “Cry to Me”, “Tell Him”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Cry Baby”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “I Want Candy”, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”. Berns sessions made legends of Solomon Burke, The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals and Janis Joplin. His premature death at 38 cut short a seven-year streak of hits, rooted in his early Brill Building and 1650 Broadway days, through his tenure at Atlantic Records to the formation and success of his own labels Bang Records and Shout Records.

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, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.

Dir. Brett Berns & Bob Sarles, 2016, DCP, 94 min.

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DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Bang! The Bert Berns Story

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8/4/2016 - 7:30PM

Q&A w/ the filmmakers moderated by Michael Des Barres

Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary narrated by Steven Van Zandt. You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he has written and produced: “Twist & Shout”, “Cry to Me”, “Tell Him”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Cry Baby”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “I Want Candy”, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”. Berns sessions made legends of Solomon Burke, The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals and Janis Joplin. His premature death at 38 cut short a seven-year streak of hits, rooted in his early Brill Building and 1650 Broadway days, through his tenure at Atlantic Records to the formation and success of his own labels Bang Records and Shout Records.

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, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.

Dir. Brett Berns & Bob Sarles, 2016, DCP, 94 min.

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DKTR Opening Night: "The Colossus Of Destiny: A Melvins Tale" Premiere! With Q + A and short set!

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7/27/2016 - 7:30PM

This event will take place at the Regent Theatre (448 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013) with a Q&A with directors Bob Hannam & Ryan Sutherby and the Melvins, and an intimate set.

The Colossus Of Destiny: A Melvins Tale is a film about a band who have defied all the rules, for over 33 years and counting. Band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover lead us from the Chehalis River in Washington State, down through the Golden Gate of Northern California, until finally settling into the Los Angeles River Basin, with the rest of the world thrown in along the way.

Witness first hand the triumphs and toils, loves and hates, and slows and fasts of a hugely talented and highly influential band. Hear what countless peers, collaborators, understudies, admirers, even haters, have to say about The Melvins, through interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra, Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic, Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow, and many more.

Dir. Bob Hannam & Ryan Sutherby, 2016, Digital Presentation, 125 min.

Plus a screening of The Melvins Across the USA in 51 Days: The Movie–in 2012 the Melvins set a world record by traveling around the USA, playing all 50 states plus Washington DC in 51 days! This proves it!

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