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Directed by Bill Ross, Turner Ross

United States 2016 96 mins. In English

Only David Byrne could mastermind this surprising fusion of pop music and swirling pop ceremony. Byrne is joined on stage in Brooklyn by ten elite color guard teams from across the US and Canada in a mesmerizing music and dance concert. The complex marching sequences with twirling flags and wooden rifles are accompanied by live performances from Byrne, Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Money Mark + Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus, Lucius, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs. The musicians perform songs specifically written for the routines. The young, diverse garders, usually relegated to parades or half-time shows at sports arenas, strut their stuff with gusto. In between sets, the backstage conversations and interviews conducted by This American Life‘s Ira Glass perfectly capture the teams’ infectious camaraderie and enthusiasm.

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.