Don't Knock the Rock: Films for the vinyl crowd

'd like to bring music movies we loved together with live music we loved,” explains Allison Anders. “We knew we wanted to cater to obsessive music and movie fans with very defined tastes. We knew they would want to see movies on bands and performers who created pop culture, who went out on the edge to do it. And within those parameters the world was open to everything from the roots of rock 'n' roll to wherever it has gone since.”

Over the years, the Anders' festival has explored the genre through poetic pieces on '60s vocalist Scott Walker and girl group the Runaways, live sets from indie legends such as J Mascis and PJ Harvey, and early screenings of acclaimed music docs such as “You're Gonna Miss Me,” about garage rock icon Roky Erickson, as well as raucous revivals of narrative cult classics like “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains.”

“Tiffany and I are generally in perfect sync on the films we select,” Anders says. “We know which films our audience will respond to because we are fans, just like they are. It can encompass a wide range of subjects; it can be a film about a single band or artist, or it can be a genre of music, or a scene, which was thriving, in a specific time and place. It can be a cult classic, or about a particular label, club or record store. I don't think we have ever had a year where we didn't have a mix of these sorts of films.”

With that in mind, this year the fest will be screening films on “pandrogynous” sonic explorer Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle), street musician Kevin Gant and the volatile, explosive reconstructed punk of Jay Reatard, who died last year at age 29.

“The fact that a film about these people exists at all is cause to celebrate,” Tiffany says. “The fact that people are putting so much into these films about artists that are not pop charters is really admirable, especially in this day and age. The filmmakers are true lovers of their subjects and we get the films to the right

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07/12/2011 19:28

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