Please join us for “Musically Speaking” with DJ Soul Sister - A weekly series of music-themed movies and documentaries, curated and hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Charitable Film Network, Press Street, Mimi’s in the Marigny, and WWOZ. FREE Admission! Cash bar, featuring drink specials. Tapas menu served. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note NEW TIME AND LOCATION for November: 6:00 p.m. Sundays at Mimi’s in the Marigny (upstairs) – 2601 Royal St. New Orleans.
Sunday, November 4th
THE NIGHT JAMES BROWN SAVED BOSTON by David Leaf
April 5, 1968, one night after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., America’s inner cities began going up in flames. There is already violence in Boston’s heavily-black Roxbury neighborhood, and word on the street is that it’s about to get a lot worse. Mayor Kevin White is trying to keep the fragile peace and one reported idea was to cancel that day’s biggest gathering – a long-scheduled James Brown concert at Boston Garden. But a call from one of Boston’s most influential R&B DJs points out the danger of that decision. And so, faced with the grim reality of making the wrong decision, the mayor and his team turn it around. Rather than cancel the show, they ask “Is there something James Brown can do to help?” (2008, 175 minutes)
Sunday, November 11th
THE UPSETTER: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF LEE SCRATCH PERRY by Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough
This documentary, about one of the most fascinating and influential artists of our times, probes into Perry’s mysterious youth in Jamaica, as well as the notorious events of his peak production years in Kingston, in which Scratch mentored a young Bob Marley, created the sound of Reggae as we now know it, pioneered a new genre of music he called Dub, invented what was to become the remix and produced international hit songs for artists from Junior Murvin to The Congos to Paul McCartney to The Clash — all while working out of the infamous Black Ark Studio, a shack that he built with his hands then later burned to the ground in a fit of drug addled rage. (2008, 95 minutes)
Sunday, November 18th — A special Hip Hop History Month Double-Feature edition of “Musically Speaking”
BIG FUN IN THE BIG TOWN by Bram van Splunteren
In 1986, during a weeklong trip to New York, Dutch filmmaker Bram Van Splunteren had a mission: to document the phenomenon of a subculture hardly heard of across the pond in Europe: hip-hop. With several phone numbers and a camera crew in tow, Splunteren traversed the city’s five boroughs in search of examples of the then-burgeoning genre. He landed priceless interviews with some of today’s legendary rap pioneers in the early part of their careers. Featuring Featuring: Mr. Magic, Marley Marl, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay, LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Russell Simmons, MC Shan, Schoolly-D, Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew, the Last Poets, and more. (1986, 41 minutes)
A film about Graffiti Rock, the hip hop TV show which only received one pilot episode in a few New York markets, but featured live performances by Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee and Special K of the Treacherous Three, the New York City Breakers, DJ Jazzy Jay, Fab 5 Freddy, and more. (1984, 23 minutes)
Sunday, November 25th
LADIES & GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS by Lou Adler
This film, which has enjoyed a popular cult following since its limited run on the Art-House circuit in the mid-1980s, is about three teenage girls, played by Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter, who start a punk band. The Stains score the opening slot on a cross-country tour with aging metal act The Metal Corpses (led by Fee Waybill of The Tubes) and British punk rockers The Looters (real-life punk pioneers Paul Simonon from The Clash and Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols), but their meteoric rise (and equally lightening-quick fall) owes more to TV exposure than to talent. The film was frequently referenced by fans like Courtney Love and notable participants in the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s, which helped to generate further interest in this otherwise forgotten punk relic. (1982, 88 minutes)