Doc’n Roll, a festival dedicated exclusively to music documentaries, has announced its full line up of 12 films, many followed by Q&As, taking place at between 25-28 September at the Hackney Picturehouse in east London.
Located across the road from the cinema is the Stage 3 bar, which will act as the festival hub, where audiences can take in live sets from Ming City Rockers and The ‘45s as well as DJ sets from Primal Scream’s Simone Marie Butler and photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley.
“I am very excited to present our festival and this line-up to London,” says Doc’n Roll director Colm Forde. “It features many overlooked music documentary gems, which I can’t wait to support and share with our audience. We will expand the experience beyond the screenings and create a great social event at our festival hub.”
|A Band Called Death|
On Thursday 25 Doc’n Roll opens with the London premiere of A Band Called Death, which tells the little known story of the world’s first black punk band, Death, formed by three brothers from Detroit in 1974. Then the African-American community was grooving to Earth, Wind & Fire, and there was no room for a black, garage band turning out loud, aggressive rock ‘n’ roll – a sound that has since been described by the New York Times as, “punk before punk was punk’ and by Jack White as “ahead of punk, and ahead of their time”. A Q&A will follow the screening of A Band Called Death with band members, Bobby and Dannis Hackney.
The line-up features an exclusive Julien Temple retrospective on Saturday 27 September. This will comprise screenings of Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, London: The Modern Babylon and, following the screening of Oil City Confidential, an on-stage conversation with Julien Temple and Zoe Howe, author and Dr Feelgood expert. Temple will also show a sneak preview, via an exclusive clip, of his upcoming documentary about Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson.
On Sunday 28 Doc’n Roll closes with Howard S Bergman and Susan Stahman’s A Life in the Death of Joe Meek which, offers an insight into the life of Britain’s first independent pop record producer. The film features contributions from a cast of musicians including Jimmy Page, Alex Kapranos, Edwyn Collins and Mike Berry. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Howard Berger, and Mike Berry, whose first hit “A Tribute to Buddy Holly’ was produced by Meek in 1961. It will chaired by author and Meek enthusiast Travis Elborough.
Saturday sees British filmmaker Karen Whitehead screen the UK premiere of Her Aim Is True, which tells the story of photographer Jini Dellaccio, who recently passed away aged 97. Dellaccio first found herself taking pictures of rock and pop stars in the 1960s, when she was in her 40s, and is now described as the photographer who visualised punk before it had a name and embodied indie before it was cool. Whitehead, who interviewed Dellaccio for her film, will be at the screening for a Q&A session.
American Punk rock pioneer Grant Hart is the subject of Gorman Bechard’s Every Everything: the music, life & times of Grant Hart, an unrestrained look in to the former Hüsker Dü co-songwriter/singer/drummer’s world including his rocky family life, the formation and consequent break-up of his most well-known band and the musical projects that followed.
The Doc‘n Roll line-up also includes Sophie Huber’s Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, an impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor that explores his enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry.
William Hechter’s AKA Doc Pomus tells the story of Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder (1925-1991), who was paralysed with polio as a child. As a teenager he began performing as a blues singer under the stage name Doc Pomus and by the 1950s he had become one of the most successful songwriters of the early rock and roll era. He penned “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas” and dozens of other hits. The film features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and BBC King. Passages from Hechter’s private journals read by his close friend, the late Lou Reed.
|AKA Doc Pomus|
Jeff Broadway’s Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton features interviews and footage from the hip-hop and avante-garde record label, Stones Throw Records, home to innovative leftfield producers like Madlib and J Dilla. The film features interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli and Mike D of The Beastie Boys.
Danny Garcia’s Looking for Johnny is a new documentary on the life of the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders. Garcia spoke to the 50 people who were closes to the rocker about his music, which inspired punk and glam-metal, as well as his hard lifestyle. The film explores Thunder’s battle with drugs and theories on his death in a New Orleans hotel in 1991 at age 38. There will also be a screening of The Punk Syndrome about the Finnish punk band, Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day.
Tickets will be on sale via Hackney Picturehouse