Film

The Noise Pop Film Series, co-curated by SCORED celebrating sound & music in film, features amazing new and essential films, all focusing on music but each approaching the subject with a distinct voice and fresh perspective. With screenings at the Roxie, Viz Cinema and the Artists Television Access (ATA), each show is not to be missed so get your tickets now!

Film Festival Schedule

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2011
  • This Is Noise Pop
  • 7:00 PM, $10
    Sneak Preview
    Q&A with the Director Adam Werbach and Editor Tony Saxe as well as members of Noise Pop after the screening
  • Roxie Theater
  • More than a decade in the making and featuring never-before-seen footage, This is Noise Pop explores the genesis of Indie Rock through the trials and tribulations of bands captured during and after their Noise Pop Festival performances. Featuring Sebadoh, Stephen Malkmus, Death Cab for Cutie, The National, the Donnas, Guided by Voices, Creeper Lagoon, Beulah, Bob Mould, the Dismemberment Plan, the Shins, Britt Daniel, Modest Mouse, Granddaddy and more.

    TRT: 70 Minutes

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2011
  • The Extraordinary Ordinary Life Of José González
  • 9:00 PM, $10
    USA Premiere
  • Roxie Theater
  • This “extra-ordinary” film revolves around the life and mind of world renowned musician José González. Using congenial methods; video diary, surveillance camera, concert footage, tour documentation and animation, directors Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand give form to something as elusive as the creative process of one of Sweden’s finest—and most secretive—musicians.

    We follow José González through intimate and unique scenes shot during work with his highly celebrated second album In Our Nature. In his studio, at home and on tour. Through a diary, based on personal voice recordings we follow his everyday reflections and the sometimes struggle and process to write great songs. The film gives us an exclusive insight into the, at many times, lonely creative process and of one persons attempt to manage and understand his own existence. The film was shot over a three year period on location in Sweden, Japan, Singapore, United States, South Africa, England, Chile and Argentina.

    TRT: 74 Minutes

Look at What The Light Did Now
  • Thursday, February 24, 2011
  • Spin presents
  • Look at What The Light Did Now
  • 7:00 PM, $10
    5:30–7pm Art installation reception with Feist album artist Simone Rubi. Free commemorative poster!
    Q&A with Simone and Performance by Little Wings after the screening
  • Viz Cinema
  • Tickets
  • Look at What the Light Did Now documents the journey of Feist’s Grammy nominated album The Reminder. This poetic film pulls back the curtain to reveal intimate partnerships with the people Feist calls her ‘amplifiers’: The photographer who helped her hide within the frame, shadow puppeteers in hockey arenas, an artist who built a thread-radiating mural, the video director who conducted fireworks, the pianist who guided the recording of the album, and other musical and visual collaborators. The film follows Feist and her supporting cast through an impressionistic array of flickering scenery, echoing stadiums, puppet workshops, the red carpet, a crumbling French mansion, definitive concert performances and uncommonly candid interviews. Itself a part of the creative mosaic it portrays, Look at What The Light Did Now illuminates the synergy of collaboration, art as magnifying glass, and the power of trust.

    TRT: 77 Minutes

  • Thursday, February 24, 2011
  • The Family Jams
  • 9:00 PM, $10
    Q&A with director Kevin Barker and members of Vetiver after the screening
  • Viz Cinema
  • Tickets
  • In 2004, director Kevin Barker joined his friends Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and the band Vetiver on tour, documenting their travels as they perform their genre-defining music, dubbed “freak folk” by the press. This intimate document of three San Francisco based musical acts chronicles the tour from the inside, focusing on the tight-knit family of friends formed on the road. Told without the use of interviews and with minimal voice-over, the film shows a group of musicians, each on the cusp of success, travelling together as a family, singing together on stage and off, supporting each other through the difficult situations that arise, and meeting colorful characters, forgotten musical heroes, and folk luminaries as they travel across the country.

    TRT: 81 Minutes

Pool Party
  • Friday, February 25, 2011
  • Pool Party
  • 7:00 PM, $10
    Q&A with director Beth Aala after the screening
  • Artist's Television Access (ATA)
  • Tickets
  • Pool Party is the surprising story of the largest swimming pool in New York City that transformed into the most unique music venue the world has seen. Both an eclectic music showcase and an urban history lesson, this documentary follows the pulse of McCarren Pool as it reflects the state of the neighborhood in which it lives—Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Weaving stories of neighborhood locals, artists, famed politicians, community organizers and musicians we trace the process of gentrification of one of the most vibrant corners in the city through McCarren Pool.

    Featuring music and performances by Aesop Rock, the Beastie Boys, Black Lips, the Breeders, Deerhunter, The Hold Steady, the Liars, Les Savy Fav, Matt and Kim, M.I.A., Sonic Youth, Tall Firs, the Ting Tings, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Yo La Tengo, Pool Party celebrates McCarren Pool as a music venue for the very last time.

    TRT: 75 Minutes

    Photo courtesy of Bao Nguyen
  • Friday, February 25, 2011
  • Noise Pop Festival and Cinema Tropical’s Janeiro in New York/Music+Film Series present
  • Tom ZÉ: Astronauta Libertado
  • 9:00 PM, $10
    SF Premiere
  • Artist's Television Access (ATA)
  • Tickets
  • “..makes you feel like you’re in a tiny apartment twenty stories above a city of open sewers, big churches, and satellite dishes, and this scrawny guy with eyes like M&Ms is playing these oddball pop songs that make you want to laugh and cry.”-Rolling Stone

    This SF Premiere of the award winning documentary on dynamic pioneering Brazilian musician Tom Zé screens now as a perfect compliment to the just released Luaka Bop box set Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You. A long overdue box set compiled by David Byrne's Luaka Bop who fell in love with Zé”s music in the mid ‘80s thankfully bringing him to a deserved broader audience. There’s no mistaking why the likes of Tortoise have embraced and toured with Zé, why The Fader states “Tom Zé has taken brilliantly bizarre, creative and intellectual routes to making music that is utterly joyous, listenable and often danceable.” And why the international media and fans alike have such high praise. Zé remains as exciting, provocative, intriguing, challenging and as immensely enjoyable as when he first came to the fore with his entrancing mixes of Brazil’s musical treasures.

    Astronauta Libertado gets us up close to this artist throughout his long labour of unceasing experimentation, in which he has had the unflinching courage to break with established moulds always refusing what is considered “correct” and commercial. His reflections, coupled with glimpses of his many appearances in São Paulo and Europe, opinions of key figures of Brazilian music constitute give us a rich portrait of this controversial, surprising and fascinating creator.

    “Tom Zé is one of Brazil’s most idiosyncratic performers, a pop inventor who bypasses the ordinary.”-The New York Times

    TRT: 90 Minutes

Ivory Tower
  • Sunday, February 27, 2011
  • Ivory Tower
  • 2:00 PM, $10
  • Artist's Television Access (ATA)
  • Tickets
  • Ivory Tower starring Chilly Gonzalez, Tiga, Peaches and Feist with music by Chilly Gonzalez and Boys Noize, is the story of two brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman. Hershell is a chess purist, the prodigal son. Thadeus is a disciplined, ruthless competitor. After 4 nomadic years in Europe, in quixotic pursuit of ‘Jazz Chess’, Hershell returns. Thadeus has become a successful but arrogant Canadian Chess Champion engaged to marry Hershell's former sweetheart Marsha. Hershell challenges Thaddeus in the next Canadian Chess Championship. During the final match, Thadeus is flustered by Hershell’s Zen-like demeanor,and sets himself up for certain defeat. Who will be the new Chess Champion? Whose trophy will Marsha be?

    Ivory Tower is a tour de force, a series set pieces performed with simple gestures in modulating forms. It’s a a Rocky-inspired sports parody; a Sirkean melodrama; a nouvelle Nouvelle-vague Free Jazz riff; a music video; a silent era pastiche. In the end, Ivory Tower’s modal composition is the closest we’ll get to an explanation of Hershell’s esoteric vision for “Jazz Chess”.

    TRT: 75 Minutes

  • Sunday, February 27, 2011
  • Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives
  • 4:00 PM, $10
  • Artist's Television Access (ATA)
  • Tickets
  • Arcade Fire are literally on fire these days and deservedly so—it’s been a phenomenal year for the band in so many ways with The Suburbs riding high in the charts and on a wide range of Top 10s, collaborations with Terry Gilliam and Spike Jonze, the HTML 5 interactive short film, a recent packed-out world tour plus they're in the running for three of and performing at the Grammy’s.

    It’s also an excellent time to look back on the journey and process that have brought the band up to where they are today in so many diverse ways. Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives, directed by maverick filmmaker Vincent Morisset, and shot by Vincent Moon, takes an intimate behind the scenes look  at Arcade Fire through the making of and tour of their magnificent 2007 album Neon Bible. Its combined home movie style, actual voiceovers from the Neon Bible promo hotline at the time, and dynamic concert footage all make for a wonderful experience and insight into Arcade Fire’s ever evolving world.

    TRT: 90 Minutes

  • Friday, February 25, 2011 & Sunday, February 27, 2011
  • Mirah - “The Forest”
  • Before Tom ZÉ: Astronauta Libertado at 9pm on Feb 25.
    Before Ivory Tower at 2pm on Feb 27.
  • Artist's Television Access (ATA)
  • Directed by Lauryn Siegel. This is the first music video off of Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn’s acclaimed 2009 album (A)Spera. While Mirah’s career spans over a decade and includes four praised albums, this is her first live-action music video ever and her second official music video to date.