September is upon us! And with that, we hear beautiful music in the air. This month's Weekly Wednesday screenings are themed around, near, and tangential to the art form known as music. They are as follows:
9/6 - STOP MAKING SENSE (1984)
Dir. Jonathan Demme
This iconic film features a live performance by the band Talking Heads at what is commonly considered their "peak" era. This was filmed just after the sessions for their fifth LP, Speaking in Tongues, and captures the band at its most inventive and exciting, their energy practically projecting through the screen. A24 happened to pick this film up for a 4K restoration recently, and will actually be premiering it in AMC theaters on 9/11 followed by a LIVESTREAMED panel featuring all the members of the band. This is absolutely unheard of, so you know I bought my ticket. If you're in the RGV and you want to see this miracle happen, tickets are on sale via AMC.
9/13 - STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN (2002)
Dir. Paul Justman
This documentary tells the often unsung story of the Funk Brothers, the eternally influential collective of studio musicians from Detroit, MI that are responsible for crafting the sound for countless musicians we know and love today from the Motown record label. This is a personal favorite of mine, and I recommend you do not miss it. (if you do, it will be rentable from our library).
9/20 - PINA (2011)
Dir. Wim Wenders
In this documentary, Wim Wenders pays tribute to German choreographer Pina Bausch and her celebrated dance troupe, including performances of her most famous creations by her dancers. Curated by Carlos Zapata.
9/27 - LIQUID SKY (1982)
Dir. Slava Tsukerman
Okay, Liquid Sky is easily one of the most exciting cult films to be rediscovered, reissued, what have you, in the last 10 years. Filmed in the early 80s with queer punk subcultures as its focal point, this ravishing tale of sci-fi gloom and glamour is not one to miss, as it closes our September programming.
Coming in October: scary stuff!