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January 18 – February 16, 2019

Featuring a kaleidoscopic selection of genres, movements, labels, bands, and solo artists, our 36th Reel Music film festival features the latest in music film—from intimate portraits to career-spanning celebrations—alongside archival films ripe for re-discovery.
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 our sponsors: All Classical Radio, Music Millennium, The Oregonian, Marmoset Music, KBOO Radio, KINK 101.9, The Willamette Week.
Sat, Jan 19

A Bright Light—Karen and the Process

Directed by Emmanuelle Antille

Texas-born folk singer Karen Dalton, who came up in the downtown New York scene of the 1960s but blazed a

Sun, Jan 20

Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

Directed by Stephen Nomura Schible

Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of the most important voices in electronic music history, beginning his career with Yellow

Thu, Jan 24

NW Music Video Showcase

Directed by Various

Join us as we present another installment of our annual showcase for some of the best music videos being made

Fri, Jan 25

The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Directed by Rob Curry, Tim Plester

Shirley Collins, one of UK folk’s most storied voices, is a legend in her own time, but her career could

Sat, Jan 26

Where Are You, João Gilberto?

Directed by Georges Gachot

In the mid 2000s, German writer Marc Fischer traveled to Rio De Janeiro in search of the legendarily reclusive and

Sun, Jan 27

Looking for Oum Kulthum

Directed by Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat’s first film since 2010’s Women Without Men builds upon her fundamentally radical vision of cinema, with her staunchly

Thu, Jan 31

Solo: The Evolution of the One Man Band

Directed by Billy Dimes

There are many solo musical acts, however for the creative musicians who wield multiple instruments at once, the unique moniker

Fri, Feb 1

If I Think of Germany at Night

Directed by Romuald Karmakar

In this unconventional and often surprising film, Karmakar follows five longtime DJs and producers—Ricardo Villalobos, Roman Flügel, Sonja Moonear, Ata,

Fri, Feb 8

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records

Directed by Julia Nash

Wax Trax Records, a beloved record shop and label based in Chicago, has been a crucial resource for a generation

Sat, Feb 9

Depeche Mode: 101

Directed by David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker

Touring with British electronic pop group Depeche Mode on their headlining 1988 US tour, documentarians Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker,

Sun, Feb 10

Gospel According to Al Green

Directed by Various

In the late 1970s, legendary soul singer Al Green quit his label and devoted himself to recording only gospel music,

Fri, Feb 15

Milford Graves Full Mantis

Directed by Jake Meginsky, Neil Young

Free jazz percussionist Milford Graves is one of the genre’s most innovative and transformative figures, having worked on groundbreaking albums

Sat, Feb 16


Directed by Stephen Loveridge

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A.) is one of the music world’s most controversial and politically outspoken artists, having created an

Mr. Soul

Directed by Melissa Haizlip, Samuel Pollard

From 1968 to 1973, PBS broadcast a now-legendary program centered on black life in the US: Soul! Hosted at first