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Portland's 27th Reel Music Film Festival | January 8 – February 7

Posted by Kimberly Gehl

This weekend the NW Film Center kicks off the 27th edition of its annual Reel Music Film Festival, an exquisite month-long showcase of some of the greatest “musical” films in existence.

Not to be confused with the popular “musicals” film genre we are all familiar with, the Reel Music Film Festival offers a diverse line-up of films whose common themes are the exploration of the history of a wide-variety of styles of music and types of instruments, the fascinating relationship between sound and image, and the influence of music on society and culture.

I was able to preview some of this weekend's line-up, and I have to say that all of them were a pleasure to watch. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, consider one of the following screenings:

Mighty Uke
This film is a must see for pretty much every kind of audience. It is entertaining, educational, touching and I promise it will leave you with a burning desire to get your own ukulele when you leave the theatre (which, after watching the film, you will agree is a good thing).
(Saturday 1/9, 7 PM)

Ashes of American Flags
This is a great film for any Wilco fan who wants to get to know the band more intimately, to hear/see live performances from their 2008 tour, and find out what happens behind-the-scenes. It is also a lovely story – in and of itself – about a family of traveling artists whose favorite medium is music.
(Friday 1/8 and Saturday 1/9, 9:15 PM)

*Extra Incentive*
At each screening of Ashes of American Flags, the NW Film Center is raffling off one pair of tickets for the SOLD OUT Wilco concert on February 9 at the Arlene Schnizter concert hall!

In Search of Mozart

See Mozart as you have never seen him before! This film is an entertaining and intriguing visual biography of Mozart as told through his letters, clips from grand performances of his works, and interviews with some of the world's most renowned musical scholars.
(Sunday 1/10, 2 PM)

Cool
Travel back in time to the 1950s to discover the origins of the style of “cool”. You will be treated to awesome vintage clips of some of the masters of jazz and learn about how they persuaded everyone – musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, even politicians – to 'aspire to the condition of cool.” Screening followed by 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz.
(Sunday 1/10, 7 PM)

I wasn't able to see a preview of the Neil Young Trunk Show – which is kicking off the event Friday night at 7 PM – but a fan of Neil Young since I became interested in guitar, I am excited to attend Friday night's screening to learn more about one of America's greatest acoustic guitarists and see footage from some of his incredible performances.

The Center is also showing Beyond Ipanema: Brazilian Waves in Global Music– a film about the incredible global influence of Brazilian music – on Sunday at 4:45 PM. I didn't get to see a preview of this film, but it sounds like one that will surely get you dancing in your seat.

For more information about the films, to see a complete line-up for the festival, and to watch trailers of all the films, visit the NW Film Center's Reel Film Music Festival Website. For updates and reminders during festival, follow the NW Film Center on twitter @nwfilmcenter.

Tickets

General Admission: $8 per film
Portland Art Museum Members/Students/Seniors: $7 per film
Friends of the Film Center: $5 per film

*Double features are an additional $2 per ticket*

It is recommended that you order your tickets online (links can  be accessed below every film on the Reel Music Film Festival site) but tickets will also be available for purchase at the front desk by cash or check only before all screenings.

Location
All screenings take place at the NW Film Center's screening space, the Whitsell Auditorium, located inside the Portland Art Museum at 1219 SW Park Avenue in Downtown Portland.

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