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January 24 – February 16, 2020

The 37th Annual Reel Music Festival is January 24-February 16, 2020.

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The 37th edition of the beloved Reel Music festival features cutting-edge work focused on some of today’s—and yesteryear’s—most thrilling musicians. Whether in new films detailing careers and legacies or in archival films unspooling some of the greatest concert footage ever committed to celluloid, Reel Music strives to unearth the best in music-on-film.

As always, our special thanks go to our sponsors The Oregonian, Willamette Week and Music Millennium.

Amazing Grace

Directed by Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack

This unbelievable two-day gospel concert film sees Aretha Franklin at her captivating best—and will come to be known as one

Gimme Shelter

Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin

This tragic, harrowing film follows the Rolling Stones on their 1969 US tour, which ended with the violent debacle at

Lisbon Beat

Directed by Vasco Viana, Rita Maia

This pulsating film tracks the musical explorations of a crew of Lisbon music producers from diverse backgrounds—immigrants from Angola, São

Mr. Jimmy

Directed by Peter Michael Dowd

As a teenager Akio Sakurai, the son of a Tokyo kimono tailor, became obsessed with Led Zeppelin. He carried the

NW Music Video Showcase

Directed by Various

The Northwest has a strong tradition in music video creation, and we celebrate it with an evening of music videos

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band

Directed by Daniel Roher

This Scorsese-produced love letter sits down with frontman Robbie Robertson, who reminisces about The Band’s career as both Bob Dylan’s

Other Music

Directed by Puloma Basu, Rob Hatch-Miller

Forward-thinking NYC institution Other Music—known for their plucky spirit and encyclopedic knowledge (and stocking) of outside-the-mainstream music—is the focus of

Patrinell: The Total Experience

Directed by Andrew Elizaga, Tia Young

Crowned “Seattle’s First Lady of Gospel,” by the Seattle Times, Reverend Patrinell “Pat” Wright left the segregated South in 1964

The Harder They Come

Directed by Perry Henzell

Reggae star Jimmy Cliff stars in this unforgettable film that introduced the effervescent, uplifting music to the West and became

The Last Waltz

One of the greatest concert films ever made sees The Band teaming up with a slew of like-minded heavy hitters

The Unicorn

Directed by Isabelle Dupuis, Tim Geraghty

In 1974, outsider musician Peter Grudzien made the first openly-gay country album, pressing 500 copies and selling few. Rediscovered in

Where Does a Body End?

Directed by Marco Porsia

Michael Gira and his band Swans are one of industrial music’s heaviest and most emotionally shattering groups. Filmmaker Porsia went

Who Let the Dogs Out

Directed by Brent Hodge

In this hilarious, unpredictable mystery-doc, Ben Sisto digs deep into the origins of the Baha Men’s 2000 global-smash track “Who

You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard

Directed by Kenny Dalsheimer

This loving portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard, replete with performances from her long career and interviews with key

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.