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The Decline of Western Civilization

Feature Documentary
Presented with: CHIRP Radio, Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
DIRECTOR: Penelope Spheeris
COUNTRY: United States | 100 min.
SCREENING WITH: Synthesis

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Thursday, November 9 @ 7:15 PM
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A preeminent artifact of American punk and one of the most influential music docs ever made, Spheeris's first feature unflinchingly captures the scene that emerged from Hollywood’s subterranean art culture of the late 1970s and the furor it spawned. Featuring concert footage and memorable interviews with punk pioneers Black Flag, X, the Circle Jerks, Catholic Discipline, Fear, and the sweet, sad, brilliant wreck that was Darby Crash and the Germs.

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Scream for Me Sarajevo

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
Presented with: Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
DIRECTOR: Tarik Hodzic
COUNTRY: Bosnia | 94 min.

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 2:00 PM
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In the besieged Sarajevo of December 1994 — a city without electricity or clean running water, whose inhabitants daily dodged Serb shelling and sniper fire — it seemed a fantastical rumor: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson was coming to play a show. This is a story about people who risked their lives to perform for people who risked their lives just to live them, and about how music provides hope in the direst circumstances.

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Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Feature Documentary
Midwest PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Yony Leyser
COUNTRY: Germany | 83 min.
Q & A with: Director Yony Leyser

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Friday, November 10 @ 9:30 PM
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Long before the internet, a pair of Toronto queers used fanzines and no-budget films to create a movement out of whole cloth, sparking a revolution that took punk back to its roots, opened it up to LGBT dissidents, and cleared the way for radical fellow travelers like Pansy Division and riot grrrl. John Waters, Kathleen Hanna, Peaches, and progenitors Bruce La Bruce and G.B. Jones are among those recalling the rise of queercore in this kinetic fanzine of a doc.

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Living on Soul

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
Presented with: CHIRP Radio
DIRECTOR: Jeff Broadway, Cory Bailey
COUNTRY: United States | 96 min.
Q & A with: Directors Cory Bailey and Jeff Broadway and Daptone Records co-founder Neal Sugarman, moderated by Chaz Ebert
SCREENING WITH: Forty-Five: The Search for Soul

WHERE: Martyrs' - 3855 N Lincoln Ave
Thursday, November 9 @ 7:30 PM
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In December 2014, Daptone Records celebrated its 20th anniversary with a three-night revue at the Apollo Theater, the first multi-night residency at the historic Harlem hall since James Brown did it in the ’70s. Anchored by galvanizing performances by Antibalas, Budos Band, Como Mamas, and the dearly departed Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, this concert film/documentary blend tells the Daptone story in words and music and captures the family dynamic driving this funk/soul powerhouse.

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How They Got Over

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Robert Clem
COUNTRY: United States | 87 min.
Q & A with: Director Robert Clem, producer Jerry Zolten, Willie Rogers of the Soul Stirrers, and Chicago gospel expert Bob Marovich

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 11:30 AM
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A long-overdue look at journey of young black men who found a way out of poverty through spiritual music in the first half of the 20th century. Tastefully mixing vintage clips, archival images, and interviews with members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Soul Stirrers, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and other groups, this is the quintessential history of gospel music’s legendary quartets and their enduring influence on rock, soul, and R&B.

Willie Rogers, the last lead singer of the legendary Soul Stirrers, and Bob Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music, join the producer and director for a post-screening conversation.

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Hello Hello Hello : Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
Presented with: CHIRP Radio
DIRECTOR: Fred Riedel
COUNTRY: United States | 76 min.
Q & A with: Director Fred Riedel, editor/co-producer Jerry Fried
SCREENING WITH: Karl Wirsum

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Friday, November 10 @ 7:15 PM
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An intimate portrait of an adventurous musical mind at work as Sonic Youth guitar genius Lee Ranaldo collaborates with producer RaŸl ?Refree? Hernandez to create his 2017 Mute Records release Electric Trim. Novelist Jonathan Lethem plays writer/muse to Ranaldo's artist/composer wanderings, layering lyrics across soundscapes built with help from friends like singer Sharon Van Etten and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. The result is a bold, new sound and a lush and striking departure from Ranaldo?s signature work.

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Geordie Jazz Man

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Abi Lewis
COUNTRY: United Kingdom | 50 min.
Q & A with: Director Abi Lewis
SCREENING WITH: Red Line Lounge

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 1:30 PM
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Keith Crombie was the cranky, contrarian spirit of Newcastle jazz, presiding for decades over the English city’s premier dive — Jazz Café, a home away from home for anyone from Eric Burdon and Wynton Marsalis to generations of young Geordie misfits. This atmospheric portrait recounts his early adventures in the music business (and, just maybe, the mob) and celebrates a life dedicated to keeping the blue note beat alive.

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Dudes

Feature Fiction
DIRECTOR: Penelope Spheeris
COUNTRY: United States | 90 min.
SCREENING WITH: No Use Walkin' When You Can Stroll

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Friday, November 10 @ 9:40 PM
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Introduced by Penelope Spheeris! Spheeris’s gonzo western drapes the mantle of Wild West mythos on the unlikely shoulders of Jon Cryer and Daniel Roebuck, punk rockers from Queens whose cross-country drive to LA becomes a mission of vengeance when their pal Flea is murdered by a gang of psychotic rednecks led by Fear’s Lee Ving (clearly enjoying himself). Newly restored after decades out of circulation, this is the missing link between Spheeris’s cult ’80s indie films and her ’90s Hollywood success.

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Cowboy Drifter

Feature Fiction
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Michael Lange
COUNTRY: United States | 104 min.
Q & A with: Director Michael Lange, writer/actor Chuck Carrington, actor Aubrey Peeples, producer/music supervisor Jonathan McHugh

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 5:30 PM
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Caskie Jones last saw his father 30 years ago, but he's very much a chip off the brawling, boozing block. When his wife finally tosses him out, Caskie goes looking for the old man. The road leads to a dusty New Mexico town and more than he bargained for in the form of Tanner Wild (Nashville's Aubrey Peeples), a tart-tongued teenager and prodigal singer-songwriter who unwittingly forces Caskie to confront his past in this antihero tale powered by a killer Americana soundtrack.

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Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Zack Taylor, Georg Petzold
COUNTRY: United States | 92 min.
SCREENING WITH: Bill's Records

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 12:00 PM
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A deep dive into the rise, fall, and future – yes, we said future – of “music’s worst format” (the filmmakers’ words, not ours): the clunky, crap-sounding, revolutionary cassette, the first technology that made your tunes portable and shareable. Cassette limns the pre-digital joy of mix-making and the way cheap tapes gave early indie rockers and rappers a crucial path to market, but it transcends sprocket nostalgia in its portrait of the now-elderly Dutch engineer who invented the goddamned things.

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