The 2017 Rock Hall Film Series Preview

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Film Series

Series spans February through May with films that represent the excitement and diversity of rock and roll

CLEVELAND – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will continue its successful film series programming in 2017.  The series profiling music icons through documentaries and concert films kick-offs on Thursday, February 23 with Take Me to the River, which highlights the music of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta.  

All films are FREE for Rock Hall members, $5.50 for non-members, and FREE with paid Museum admission if space permits. Tickets will be available on at 10am on Thursday, February 16. To stay up to date on the film series and other events, please subscribe to the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter at or follow the Rock Hall on social media.

2017 Film Series schedule:

Take Me to the River (2014, 1 hr 35 min, Rated PG)
Thursday, February 23 at 7 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, Grammy-award winning producer Boo Mitchell [“Uptown Funk”], 2017 Grammy award winner Bobby Rush, and director/producer Martin Shore.

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

BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2016, 1 hr 34 min, Not Rated)
Wednesday, March 8 at 7 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-director 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.

Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982, 1 hr 35 min, Rated R)
Tuesday, March 14 at 7 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.

Presented as a celebration of The Wall exhibit, which is being temporarily deinstalled the following day (Wednesday, March 15)

The Punk Singer (2013, 80 minutes, Not Rated)
Wednesday, March 22 at 7pm: 

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.

In conjunction with Women’s History Month.

Tupac Live at the House of Blues (2005, 1 hr 58 min, Not Rated)
Wednesday, April 26 at 7 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 & Roll Hall of Fame; film courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove (2015, 1 hr 23 min, Not Rated)
Wednesday, May 17 at 7 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).

A Hard Day’s Night (1964, 1 hr 27 min, Not Rated)
Thursday, May 25 at 7 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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