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About Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Sound & Vision
From stunning live sonic cinema events to captivating true stories and unique narratives, our Sound & Vision strand features the best from the world of music and film. In a festival exclusive the Scottish independent scene will go on tour for Lost in France, making a last stop at Glasgow’s O2 ABC for a one-off performance. In Contemporary Color, David Byrne collects a group of musicians new and old for a special show, while Michael Winterbottom weaves documentary and fiction around a tour for ‘next big thing’ band Wolf Alice in On the Road. We also feature the UK premieres of the unique Filipino comedy-drama Singing in Graveyards, the hilarious road-trip comedy Folk Hero & Funny Guy and Flying Lotus’ directorial debut Kuso (featuring new music from Aphex Twin, Thundercat and Flying Lotus himself)
GFT / Sat 18 Feb (23.30) | CCA / Sun 19 Feb (11.30)
Although it started in the South Bronx in the ‘70s, hip-hop culture today has transcended all racial and language boundaries. Standing testament to this are four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that treats them as outsiders. From battle rapping to tongue-in-cheek songs, unapologetically abrasive visuals to conflicted values, Dumbfounded, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy and Lyricks turn the most skeptical critics into believers. With dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, Bad Rap is an exuberant and revealing document of unshackled artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.
Sound & Vision / Director Salima Koroma
USA 2016, 1h22m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Preferred Content
CCA / Sat 18 (20.30) & Sun 19 Feb (13.15)
When legendary musician David Byrne was approached about using some of his music in a high school color guard routine, he began to look into the tradition. A hybrid of marching band, cheerleading and rhythmic gymnastics, with added spinning flags, color guard is a unique tradition practiced at schools across the USA and Canada. Hooked on this mesmerising show, Byrne decided to pair 10 notable musicians with 10 high schools to create all new pieces of work. Contemporary Color captures this one-off show in all its glory, and features new works by St Vincent, Ad-Rock, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, Byrne himself and more.
Sound & Vision / Directors Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
USA 2016, 1h47m, N/C 12+ Thanks to Cinetic Media
Folk Hero & Funny Guy
CCA / Mon 20 (18.15) & Tue 21 Feb (16.00)
Paul (Girls’ Alex Karpovsky) and Jason (Everybody Wants Some!!’s Wyatt Russell) are old friends who have drifted apart. When Paul is dumped by his fiancée and told his stand-up act is stagnating, he accepts Jason’s offer to be the opening act to his old friend’s moderately successful solo folk tour. However, when Jason reveals an ulterior motive to the tour, the affable friendship that has been rebuilt begins to show cracks. An utterly charming road movie with a charismatic central duo, a great soundtrack and a superb supporting cast including Melanie Lynskey and David Cross.
Sound & Vision / Director Jeff Grace Cast Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Melanie Lynskey
USA 2016, 1h28m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Ryland Aldrich
I Called Him Morgan
CCA / Wed 22 (20.45) & Thu 23 Feb (13.00)
Lee Morgan was a formidable jazz trumpeter and band-leader who played on John Coltrane’s Blue Train and made more than two dozen records for Blue Note. As plaintive and mournful as one of Lee’s recordings, I Called Him Morgan attempts to unravel the tumultuous relationship between Morgan and his common law wife, Helen. Weaving together memories and music, archive footage and the sweet remembrances of jazz greats like Albert Heath, Billy Harper and Wayne Shorter, this is an entrancing reclamation of half-forgotten music history.
Sound & Vision / Director Kasper Collin
Sweden / USA 2016, 1h31m, N/C 12+ Thanks to Submarine
King of Jazz
GFT / Thu 16 Feb (15.15)
One of Hollywood’s earliest musical extravaganzas, King of Jazz has been restored to all its pristine, Technicolor glory and is ripe for rediscovery. Director John Murray Anderson brings Broadway to the big screen with a number of spectacular production numbers hinting at the kaleidoscopic marvels to come from Busby Berkeley. A young Bing Crosby joins Paul Whiteman’s legendary orchestra for a showstopping performance of Rhapsody In Blue and there is even a novelty act performing The Stars and Stripes Forever on a bicycle pump. Now, you don’t see that every day.
Sound & Vision / Director John Murray Anderson Cast Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Bing Crosby
USA 1930, 1h45m, N/C 8+ Thanks to Universal Pictures / Restored in collaboration with David Pierce and James Layton
CCA / Fri 24 Feb (20.45)
Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, unleashes his debut feature film, and this one isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon. A collage of nightmares induced by the aftermath of Los Angeles’ worst earthquake, Steven describes the film as ‘pretty much everything he is afraid of’, which is no overstatement. A dark, sick and twisted journey following those left surviving in the rubble, transported through discarded television screens and boasting an incredible soundtrack of exclusives from Aphex Twin, Captain Murphy and Thundercat, amongst others. Viewer discretion is advised – mature themes and strobe lighting.
Sound & Vision / Director Steven Ellison Cast Donnell Rawlings, Hannibal Buress, Tim Heidecker
USA 2017, 1h30m, N/C 18+ Thanks to Brainfeeder films
Lost in France
Lost in France + Gig - O2 ABC / Tue 21 Feb (Doors 19.15) - SOLD OUT
Lost in France - GFT / Wed 22 Feb (15.30)
Directed by Irish talent Niall McCann, Lost In France explores the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the ‘90s led by cult label Chemikal Underground with acts The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai and Arab Strap. An intimate film exploring friendship, creativity and music, the Tue 21 Feb screening will be followed by an exclusive live music performance to be simulcast across the UK, with Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock and Paul Savage (The Delgados) re-uniting onstage for one night only.
Sound & Vision / Director Niall McCann
UK / Ireland 2016, 1h44m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Curzon Artificial Eye
A Matter of Time
GFT / Sun 26 Feb (16.30)
For years, The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder juggled life on the road alongside visits to her ailing mother, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. Her mother (a former piano teacher) had always supported her as musician and the two shared a bond through their mutual love of the form. During the final months of her mother’s life, Kathryn returned to her family home and transformed their family living room into a studio, creating – with her mother – her first solo album as a parting gift to her biggest fan. A bittersweet film, heart-breaking yet hopeful about the power of music and its ability to find hope in the most hopeless of situations.
Sound & Vision / Director Casey Cohen
Canada 2015, 1h25m, N/C 12+ Thanks to Casey Cohen
On the Road
GFT / Sun 26 Feb (13.40)
Eschewing the impulse to simply make a tour documentary, innovative filmmaker Michael Winterbottom weaves a fictional love story around his documentary of young breakthrough band Wolf Alice’s tour of the UK and Ireland. Whilst the breathtaking concert footage and backstage insights would be thrilling enough for any fan, it is the burgeoning romance between Glasgow roadie Joe and Estelle, who is along on press duties from the band’s management, which captures the euphoria and romance behind the music. A mesmerising insight into tour life that simultaneously catches a band as they break through and delivers a supremely satisfying romantic narrative.
Sound & Vision / Director Michael Winterbottom Cast James McArdle, Leah Harvey, Shirley Henderson
UK 2016, 1h52m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Shear Entertainment / Tommy Gordon
Raving Iran presented by Sub Hub
Barras Art and Design / Sun 19 Feb (Doors 18.00)
Anoosh and Arash continually risk their freedom in order to share music in their home of Tehran, where Western music is banned and sharing it is a punishable offence. Tired of hiding, the duo decide to organise one last blowout, which leads to a phone call that will change their lives forever. This one-off event is presented in association with Sub Hub, an ongoing programme of cultural events from Sub Club, that expand outside the walls of its 22 Jamaica Street basement venue. This screening will be accompanied by Iranian street food inspired by some of the best Persian chefs working in Scotland.
Sound & Vision / Director Sue Meures
Switzerland 2016, 1h24m, Persian/German with English subtitles, N/C 18+ Thanks to Rise and Shine World Sales
Singing in Graveyards
GFT / Sun 19 (17.45) & Thu 23 Feb (13.30)
At 68, Pepe has given his life to impersonating Filipino rock legend Joey ‘Pepe’ Smith, and now finds himself alone and penniless, living on the borders of reality. When the real Pepe Smith decides to mount a comeback show, he enlists his impersonator to both open for him and write him a love song – something neither of them has done before. Played by the real-life Pepe Smith (a huge star in the Philippines) with a mixture of sad obsession and acceptance of his own fame, the fictional Pepe Smith is a mesmerising central character in Bradley Liew’s moving debut feature.
Sound & Vision / Director Bradley Liew Cast Pepe Smith, Mercedes Cabral, Lav Diaz
Malaysia / Philippines 2016, 2h22m, Filipino with English subtitles, N/C 15+ Thanks to M-Appeal
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