“CIRCLE JERKS: MY CAREER AS A JERK” Portland premiere
From the beginning, LA punk band the Circle Jerks were rooted in controversy.
Formed by ex members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late 1979, the band came to encapsulate the image, sound and energy of California Hardcore Punk.
Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of
one of the most influential bands in the American underground. My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days and classic debut to navigating the independent
label and touring scene of the 80s to the addictions, fights and injuries that forced their break up.
* The director has also curated a bonus 20 minutes of various bands videos from his personal vaults for tonight’s screening!
“I’M NOW: THE STORY OF MUDHONEY”
In the harsh world of the music industry, survival is the greatest revenge.
Today Mudhoney stands as one of the only survivors of a musical movement that inspired a generation and changed Rock and Roll forever. The band’s seminal hit “Touch Me I’m Sick” is on the short list of songs that define Grunge and the early ‘90s rock renaissance. This documentary tells the story of Mudhoney from their very beginnings, to following them on their recent world tour and everything in between. Complete with testimonials from friends, music industry veterans, and musicians such as Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard & Jeff Ament, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and Mudhoney themselves, this movie shows the true story of the founding fathers of Grunge.
* STEVE TURNER of MUDHONEY will be attendance for Q&A after the film.
“CHARLES BRADLEY: SOUL OF AMERICA” Portland Premiere
Charles Bradley “Soul Of America” is the story of an incredible rise to fame for a 63 year old singer whose album took him from the Brooklyn Housing Projects to being hailed as one of the best debut records of 2011.
This documentary follows Charles from his 62nd birthday through the electrifying and transformative months leading up to his unprecedented debut, world tour and ultimate triumph over an impossible dream 48 years in the making.
“The American Bowie,” “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll,” “Hype of the Year.” Known as the first openly gay rock star, Jobriath’s reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums.
Done in by a over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by most critics as all flash, no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business and retreated to the Chelsea Hotel, where he died forgotten in 1983 at the age of 37, one of the earliest casualties of AIDS. However, in the years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts as diverse as The Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, and Morrissey, all of whom have cited Jobriath as an influence. Through interviews, archival material and animation, experience the heartbreaking, unbelievable story of the one, the only, Jobriath.
“RHINO RESURRECTED” Portland Premiere
The iconoclastic story of a ramshackle little record store that became a hub of hardcore music misfits, a launching pad for influential music careers, and a groundbreaking and irreverent record label revered by music lovers worldwide. The completely independent feature documentary features a bizarre treasure trove of unearthed archive footage, blazing live performances, and funny and surprising new interviews from all the colorful record maniacs and musicians who made Rhino the special place it was. Including Dr. Demento, Richard Thompson, Nels Cline, William Stout, Peter Case, Little Willie G and thee Midnighters, Temple City Kazoo Orchestra and so much more!
* Director, Editor and Co-Cinematographer: KEITH SHAPIRO will be in attendance for Q&A after the film.