Film Series 2019 Press Release

Join us on select Wednesdays for rock doc screenings, feature presentations and concert films.

All films are shown in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater and are free for Rock Hall members, $5.50 for non-members, and free with paid Museum admission (if space permits). Advance tickets are recommended and may be purchased at the Rock Hall Box Office or online at ticketing.rockhall.com.

Moviegoers can also purchase concessions, including wine, beer and snacks, during film screenings. The Rock Hall is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday nights.

Marley

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February 6

*Presented in conjunction with Black History Month*

 

A look at Bob Marley's impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet. This documentary film, shown on what would have been Marley’s 74th birthday, features rare footage, never before seen performances, unreleased music, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

(2012, PG-13, 144 minutes)

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Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970

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March 20

*Presented in conjunction with Women’s History Month*

Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment

 

Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Murray Lerner, Both Sides Now: Live at The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 captures Joni Mitchell playing live in front of one of the biggest audiences of her career. With just her guitar, her piano and her voice, she first fights against and then wins over the enormous crowd to deliver a truly outstanding performance. Following the screening, special guest Eliot Kissileff, who worked with director Murray Lerner on the film, will be present for a discussion and Q&A.

(132 minutes)

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Miss Sharon Jones

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March 27

*Presented in conjunction with Women’s History Month, Shown in DCP*

 

Miss Sharon Jones follows the late soul singer of the Grammy nominated R&B band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. This documentary follows Jones through the most challenging year of her life as she confronts pancreatic cancer, struggles to find her health and voice, and ultimately uncovers the mind and spirit of a powerful woman determined to regain the explosive singing career that eluded her for 50 years.

 

(2015, not rated, 93 minutes)

 

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Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

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April 17

*Shown in DCP*

 

A feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teen-age harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young talent.

 

(2017, 104 minutes)

 

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Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

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April 24

*Shown in DCP*

 

A film that spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley's inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.

 

(2017, 155 minutes)

 

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Tommy

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May 22

Tommy 

*Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball and the 50th anniversary of the studio album release (May 23rd), Shown in DCP*

 

The Who's classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many of music's biggest stars. Roger Daltrey plays the role of Tommy and Elton John stars as the Pinball Wizard and also features appearances by Tina Turner and Jack Nicholson. Before the show, test your own pinball wizardry at the Rock Hall’s Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball exhibit.

 

(1975, PG, 111 minutes)

 

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Boy Howdy!: The Story of Creem Magazine

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May 29

*Shown in DCP*

 

Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

 

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Gimme Shelter

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June 5

*Criterion Collection Edition, Shown in DCP*

 

Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. 50 years ago, when three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway, Direct Cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were there to immortalize on film the bloody slash that transformed a decade's dreams into disillusionment.

 

(1970, 91 minutes)

 

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