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ContempMusic Movie admission by donation - No reserve theater seating. All screenings occur in the Southeast Museum of Photography’s Madorsky Theater, Daytona campus of Daytona State College. Hosseini Center (Building 1200). Sorry, no popcorn!
Exhibition film seasons and film festivals at the Southeast Museum of Photography are co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Writing and Research at Daytona State College.
MUSEUM FILM SERIES - Select Thursdays at 7:00 pm
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ON FILM
This series offers a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary rock bands through award winning documentary filmmaking. In addition to the opportunity to listen to good music, each film brings honest insight into the lives of a range of unique musicians. These films further shed light on each band’s complicated working relationships--with one another and the music industry as a whole-- alongside personal struggles that often complicate each artist’s journey to find and express their creative vision.

Radiohead   Radiohead - Meeting People is Easy
January 31 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Grant Gee (1999) 99 min.

With his handheld super-8 camera, Gee creates a behind the scenes visual diary of Radiohead in 1997-98 while on the road touring and promoting their critically acclaimed third album. As he follows them everywhere they go, the film reveals that the life of a famous rock musician can be pretty monotonous with endless interviews, backstage downtime, traveling and waiting, however, imbued with substance and style, the film is fascinating, and anything but boring!

Blur   No Distance Left to Run- A Film About Blur
February 7 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Dylan Southern (U.K., 2010) 104 min.

The British pop band, Blur (from the 90’s) came out strong in the music charts and cultivated a large following among young music fans. Here is the documentary of this band, and the friendship between Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, childhood friends who formed the band together. The heart of this film is their struggle to maintain their friendship as they navigate rock stardom.

Wilco   I Am Trying to Break Your Heart – A Film About Wilco
February 14 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Sam Jones (U.S., 2003) 92 min.

Filmed in Chicago (the band’s home town) on grainy black and white film, this documentary shows Wilco, as they create their fourth album, Yankee Foxtrot Hotel, and the subsequent turn of events once it is presented to their record company. This film shows the process by which artists have to decide what is important to them - to stay true to their vision or to let others edit and manipulate their art. If you’re not a fan of Wilco now, you will be by the end of this film!

Muse   Muse: The Only One Who Knows - 15 Years of Madness
February 28 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Muse (U.K., 2012) 145 min.

Muse is one of the few bands from the U.K. to gain international success since U2, Radiohead and Coldplay. This collective of 3 musicians have been making music together for 15 years now and this documentary shares their beginnings, the evolution of the band, and where they plan to go from here.

Metallica   Metallica - Some Kind of Monster
March 7 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (U.S., 2004) 141 min. Rated R

The filmmakers followed the band, Metallica, through most of 2001-2003 as they fought bitterly and tried to resolve many long-standing issues with the help of an on-call-therapist, in order to record their album St. Anger. This film shows the rock stars at their most turbulent time, and reveals that they are really burnt out. Also includes studio rehearsals and fragments of concert footage.

Daniel Johnston   The Devil and Daniel Johnston
March 21 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig (U.S., 2005) 110 min.

Daniel Johnston, singer/songwriter/artist, is revealed in this documentary about his art and his struggles with manic depressive bipolar disorder. Considered a genius by many, Daniel Johnston has a widespread underground cult following built of local fans from his home town of Austin, Texas to notable musicians like the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana who famously sported his t-shirt publicly. This film reveals, with honesty, the madness, the love, the music, and creativity of Daniel Johnston.

White Stripes   The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights
March 28 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Emmett Malloy (Canada, 2010) 92 min.

This documentary film about the eccentric two member rock band from Detroit, MI, follows The White Stripes on their 2007 tour across Canada, and features live concert and off-stage footage. Born Jack Gillis, Jack White took Meg White’s last name when they married in 1996. Originally promoting themselves as brother and sister, the press eventually revealed both marriage and divorce certificates, thus the intruiqe remains. This is their second live album that was released onto DVD as well as a 180-gram vinyl LP. The band announced their retirement in 2011.

Pearl Jam   Pearl Jam – Twenty
April 4 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Cameron Crowe (U.S., 2011) 146 min.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Cameron Crowe, this rock documentary was created in honor of the band’s twentieth anniversary. It features rarely-seen and never-before-seen footage of the band created from 1,200 hours of rare footage. Described as the “definitive portrait" of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.

Flaming Lips   The Flaming Lips - The Fearless Freaks
April 11 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Bradley Beesley (U.S., 2005) 100 min.

Growing up in Oklahoma City, The Flaming Lips claim to be an “accidental band” that were just “misunderstood okies with an enthusiasm for recording.” This documentary traces their roots as a local psychedelic punk band to an internationally known (alternative) band that commonly attracts famous actors to their shows. Comprised of family interviews, footage of home videos, live shows and music videos, long-time friend, neighbor, and co-conspirator, director Bradley Beesley weaves together the 15 year evolution of The Flaming Lips.

Foo Fighters   Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
April 25 at 7:00 pm
Directed by James Moll (U.S., 2011) 150 min.

Debuting on March 15, 2011 at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Back and Forth documents 16 years of the Foo Fighters’ history and their climb to rock and roll stardom, culminating with the recording of their 7th studio album Wasting Light, in frontman Dave Grohl’s garage.

Fishbone   Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
May 2 at 7:00 pm
Directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler (U.S., 2012) 107 min.

Narrated by Lawrence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine is a thoughtful and honest documentary about one of the most original bands of the past 25 years that defied stereotypes, musical genres, an unforgiving music industry, and their own personal crisis’ to manifest music from sheer determination and love for their art. Born out of Los Angeles, Fishbone fused funk, punk, ska, and an eclectic style that demonstrated pure creativity and courage, and though they came very close to commercial success, they were never quite able to grasp it. This is their story.

  
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