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Reel Music 35

  • January 12 – January 30, 2018

Welcome to our 35th annual edition of Reel Music. Whether your passion is jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world, classical—or anything between—we hope you find something to discover and inspire in this eclectic mix of films that celebrate great artists, sound, and image, and connect music and culture. As always, our special thanks go to Music Millennium, True West, Willamette Week, Music Fest NW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, XRAY.FM, and KBOO.

Wed, Jun 20

Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Directed by Sam Pollard

Singer, dancer, and actor; “Rat Pack” legend; civil rights activist; Jewish convert; and Nixon supporter—the life of Sammy Davis, Jr.

A Life in Waves

Directed by Brett Whitcomb

A Life in Waves explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani. From her earliest

Bill Frisell: A Portrait

Directed by Emma Franz

Franz’s affectionate salute to archetype guitar hero Bill Frisell provides an overdue immersion into the creative world of one of

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

Directed by Lucy Walker

Wim Wenders’s Buena Vista Social Club (1999) introduced a wide new audience to the marvels of son cubano musicians and

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

Directed by Don McGlynn

“I am Charles Mingus, half black man, half yellow man. . . I play jazz, I am a Negro,” declares

Chavela

Directed by Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi

Chavela is a vivid salute to the wild, unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars

Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck

For many the ultimate guitar hero, Eric Clapton is one of the most iconic figures in music and one of

Itzhak

Directed by Alison Chernick

Israeli conductor and musician Itzhak Perlman, widely considered to be the greatest living violinist, takes us on a journey through

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev

Whether you are a dedicated Deadhead or not, Bar-Lev’s absorbing, inspiring film offers rewards for any student of rock music,

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

Directed by Mika Kaurismäki

Miriam Makeba’s (1932–2008) music was anchored in her traditional South African roots. With her unique blend of Afro-pop, world music,

Mr. Handy’s Blues

Directed by Joanna Fish

Known as the father of the blues, W.C. Handy (1873–1958) began his career as a minstrel, and ended it as

Reel Music: Northwest Music Video Showcase

Directed by Various

Join us as we present a new installment of our annual showcase of great new music videos made by filmmakers

Straight into a Storm—Deer Tick

Directed by William Miller

Straight Into A Storm centers on Deer Tick's 10th anniversary run in New York City. It is a portrait of a

The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock and Roll

Directed by Joe Lauro

From New Orleans to Blueberry Hill, the teaming of Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. and Dave Bartholomew is remembered as a

The Last Hot Lick

Directed by Mahalia Cohen

Jack Willits is “The Last Hot Lick,” a pushing-70 musician on a never-ending tour of small gigs in Eastern Oregon.

Trouble No More

Directed by Jennifer Lebeau

Trouble No More showcases Bob Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his “born again” gospel era, which generated three of

Voices of Light The Passion of Joan of Arc

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

One of the most elemental and stunning silent films in world cinema, Dreyer’s examination of the trial of Joan of