Raindance Film Festival has always championed the place of music in film. Over the years, the festival has hosted such musicians as Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed. Over the last few years, our international Jury has included Lemmy, Tom Waits, Douglas Hart (The Jesus and Mary Chain), Beth Gibbons (Portishead) and Don Letts. This year Raindance will showcase an exciting line-up of feature and documentary films that explore the nature of music and musicianship.
Here are four stories about music to look out for at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.
Directed by Tom Gustafson
Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1896 controversial play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early ’90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This film adaptation explores 10 fleeting love affairs across 10 periods of time in New York City history, through 10 lust-fueled episodes.
I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott
Directed by Yoon-ha Chang
This award-winning documentary is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long-forgotten music legend. Kemper finds the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest way possible, virtually bankrupting himself in the process.
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock N Roll Ghost Story
Directed by Enrico Ciccu, Ken Nishikawa, Les Deciduous and Mike Rogers
The Screamin’ Telstars are a struggling retro rock band. One day, their leader, Tony, goes to buy a haunted guitar amp. Tony gets everything he’s dreamed of – but with a hidden catch. A hard day’s night in Japan with a faustian twist.
Directed by Grant Mcphee
This new documentary from the creators of Big Gold Dream tells the story of what happened in the uncompromising world of Scottish indie music of the 1980s. The Vaselines, BMX Bandits, The Pastels, The Soup Dragons, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub all appear. Bursting with new interviews, rare archive, untold stories along with some of the most amazingly difficult, scratchy, noisy, genius pop music ever given to the world.