The 2017 Rock Hall Film Series Preview

Movie and music fans rejoice - the Rock Hall Film Series is here again.

People love rock & roll. 

People love movies. 

So it’s no surprise that since rock & roll first hit the airwaves, we’ve also had rock & roll films. As fans, we all have our favorites – rock docs, biopics, concert films, mockumentaries, staples like The Last Waltz or Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll or cult classics like Wild Style and Heavy Metal

This year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is hosting our 2nd annual rock film series. We're kicking the series off with Take Me to the River on February 23rd as part of our Black History Month celebration and will end the series with A Hard Day's Night on May 25th. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter to get alerts for all of the film series showings.

The Rock Hall's series offers films that all music lovers can appreciate, and the movies we've chosen represent the excitement and diversity of rock & roll. The films range from classics such as The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night to recent, critically-acclaimed documentaries such as The Punk Singer and Take Me to the River – we hope you’ll join us at a screening to revisit one of your favorite films, or even discover something new. Each film connects to a relevant theme – Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Inductions, and upcoming featured exhibits. 

So grab a beer, some snacks and join us as we celebrate rock & roll through film. Read for more details about each film below. 

Take Me to the River

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Take me to the river

Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Take Me to the River celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with special guests, including Academy Award-winning rapper Frayser Boy [“It’s Hard out here for a Pimp”], Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, Critics Choice-winning rapper Al Kapone, 2017 Grammy award winner Bobby Rush, and director/producer Martin Shore.

In conjunction with the Rock Hall’s Black History Month programming.

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Bang! The Bert Berns Story

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Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.

This documentary film tells the story of 2016 inductee Bert Berns, the songwriter and producer responsible for popular hits like “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, and “Piece Of My Heart.”

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with co-directors Bob Sarles and Brett Berns (son of Bert Berns), and producer Cassie Berns (daughter of Bert Berns), and comes with the last chance to see 2016 Inductee exhibit, scheduled to close Sunday, March 12.

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Pink Floyd - The Wall

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Pink Floyd - The Wall

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Inspired by Pink Floyd's album of the same name, Pink Floyd: The Wall is a dark, expressionistic musical, told from the point of view of Pink, a depressed rock musician.

This film is presented as a celebration of The Wall exhibit, which is being temporarily deinstalled the following day (Wednesday, March 15). Join us for the film screening and a cocktail reception before we say goodbye temporarily to Teacher and The Wall. 

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The Punk Singer

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The Punk Singer

Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.

The Punk Singer highlights the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement.

Hosted in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

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Tupac Live at the House of Blues

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Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Filmed on July 4th 1996, this concert at the House of Blues proved to be Tupac’s last live performance before his death just 2 months later.

in conjunction with Tupac’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; film courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment

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Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove

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Sir doug and the genuine texas cosmic groove

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The documentary film tells the story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musicians' musician and unsung hero of Texas music who emerged as an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet.

The event will also feature director Joe Nick Patoski and is part of the Rock Hall’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love (1967).

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A Hard Day's Night

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A Hard Day's Night

Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

The event will also feature a post-screening discussion with Kim Hendrickson, Executive Producer at the Criterion Collection and Martha Karsh, owner of the film and editor of the book The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night – A Private Archive.

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