Cinema On The Beat – July 10, 2014

CinemaOnTheBeatlogoCinema on the Beat is a new feature on the Los Angeles Beat. We’ll feature an “A list” of mostly local, off-the-beaten-path film screenings and programs. The focus will be mainly on underground, independent releases, as well as music-related films, and experimental and avant-garde programs. Nothing is forbidden here in this space, as we have a love for everything from the classic genres to b-movies, highbrow to lowbrow.

Upcoming Screenings in the Los Angeles Area – Feature Film

We are in the midst once again of Allison and Tiffany Anders’ annual Don’t Knock the Rock Film Festival, housed at Cinefamily. This year is no different from years previous, featuring a plethora of seminal, ground breaking, and innovative rock n’ roll films, with appearances from subjects and filmmakers and live entertainment. DKTR has reached cult status and boasts a great and eclectic crowd of music and film lovers galore, never before seen film premieres with a nod to the underground, as well as a platform for the forgotten and/or favorite classics of the genre.

Still on deck at DKTR are much talked about Beautiful Noise (the long awaited shoegaze documentary profiling the influence of bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins and contemporary musicians of the genre), Try This At Home, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original, The Case of the Three-Sided Dream, and many more through August 21st.

Cinefamily also brings us live music on 7/18 from the Rock ‘N Roll Camp For Girls L.A., coinciding with a screening of We Are The Best, a Swedish, coming of age film about three young girls navigating adolescence, boys, and punk rock. Official trailer:

The Old Pasadena Film Festival is showing b-movie and cult favorites including the House of Usher, Them!, The Pit and the Pendulum, Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, among other classics and contemporary films through July 27. Download a festival program at

Shorts and Alternative Programs

Los Angeles Filmforum shows video works by Mike Kelley throughout July at the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre.

A notable event in this program includes a video series about Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, an art project and permanent installation in Detroit, in which Kelley build a full-scale replica of his childhood home. Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Art Center College’s Hillside Campus Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena. No tickets are required. The event is free and open to the public.

From Los Angeles Filmforum program notes:

“Kelley’s Mobile Homestead videos, Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland, 2010 (2011, color/sound, 78 min.) and Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit, 2010 (2011, color/sound, 78 min.), document  the Mobile Homestead’s route from its permanent location at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to Kelley’s former family home in Westland and back again. The voyage takes viewers along Michigan Avenue, the main route out of the city that passes through some of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods. The vehicle’s journey is intercut with interviews with residents, workers and business owners encountered along the way, including members of a motorcycle club, sex workers, police officers and Ford Motor Company executives.”

Los Angeles Filmforum also presents a night of experimental shorts from the Pacific Northwest, the work ranges from autobiographical documentary to experimental animation and represents the best of the Northwest U.S. current experimental filmmakers. July 27, 7:30pm Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028. See full descriptions and program at

More about Mike Kelley and the Mike Kelley Foundation at

One to Watch For…

Finding Fela!, directed by Alex Gibney (possible release date 8/1 in New York and L.A.)

The long awaited biography of Nigeria’s fearless human rights activist and musician Fela Kuti premiered at Sundance 2014 to rave reviews and is probably destined for decent international and domestic distribution. Also profiles the Broadway show of his life and music.

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One Response to Cinema On The Beat – July 10, 2014

  1. “We Are the Best” looks pretty awesome.

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