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Reel Music Festival 2017 Here's the full lineup!

The 34th Reel Music Festival from Northwest Film Center is another fabulous experience. January 13-February 5.

The Northwest Film Center's 34th Annual Reel Music Festival is the highlight of the year for those who love music documentaries. It's arrival got moved again, this time from Friday, January 15 to Sunday, February 5.

Once again, OMN is happy to be a media sponsor. We'll have reviews by pianist David Vest, Art Levine, Christa McIntyre, Matt Cater, Tom D'Antoni and others.


Here are the Films

Cocksucker Blues

Friday, January 13 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Robert Frank, Danny Seymour

In 1972, famed photographer (The Americans) and filmmaker Robert Frank followed the Rolling Stones on their first North American tour

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

Saturday, January 14 @ 4:30 pm

Directed by Sara Fishko

In 1957, heralded LIFE Magazine photo essayist W. Eugene Smith moved into an old building in Manhattan’s Flower District. Populated

A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

Saturday, January 14 @ 6:45 pm

Directed by Keith Maitland

On the air for over 40 years, Austin City Limits is the longest running music program on television. Originally intended

The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America

Saturday, January 14 @ 9:00 pm

Directed by Paul Dugdale

In early 2016 the Rolling Stones toured South and Central America, performing sold-out shows in Mexico City, Lima, Buenos Aires,

King of Jazz

Sunday, January 15 @ 4:30 pm

Directed by John Murray Anderson

Newly restored to digital glory by Universal Pictures, this long-forgotten Technicolor musical revue stars legendary bandleader Paul Whiteman and soon-to-be-superstar

I Called Him Morgan

Sunday, January 15 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by John Murray Anderson

“On the night of February 19, 1972, Helen Morgan walked into the East Village bar Slug’s Saloon with a gun

NW Music Video Showcase

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7 pm

Directed by Various

Music video making thrives in the Northwest as this showcase of new collaborations by bands and directors working in Portland,


Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Joel Schlemowitz

Rather than an ethnographic documentation of obsessive record collectors in their basements, Schlemowitz’s film is a fond paean to an

A Poem is a Naked Person

Thursday, January 19 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling

Les Blank’s portrait of Leon Russell went unreleased for 40 years before hitting the screen. Russell, who also coproduced the

Two Trains Runnin’

Friday, January 20 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Sam Pollard

In June, 1964, college students from throughout the country, impassioned by the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi in what

Gregory Porter Don’t Forget Your Music

Friday, January 20 @ 9:00 pm

Directed by Alfred George Bailey

Shot over four years, Bailey’s film spans the life and career of singer and songwriter Gregory Porter, one of jazz’s most

Mali Blues

Saturday, January 21 @ 4:30 pm

Directed by Lutz Gregor

It is generally believed that the slaves who brought their music and traditional West African string instrument the ngoni—which evolved

Contemporary Color

Saturday, January 21 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Bill Ross, Turner Ross

Only David Byrne could mastermind this surprising fusion of pop music and swirling pop ceremony. Byrne is joined on stage

One More Time with Feeling

Saturday, January 21 @ 9:00 pm

Directed by Andrew Dominick

Andrew Dominik’s One More Time with Feeling is a remarkable black-and-white document of the creation of Nick Cave & the

The Devil’s Horn

Sunday, January 22 @ 4:30 pm

Directed by Larry Weinstein

From Adolphe Sax’s workshop of the 1840s to the legendary era of jazz and bebop, the saxophone was forbidden (even

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Sunday, January 22 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Bob Sarles

Though he died at age 37, Bert Berns managed to become one of the most important songwriters of the 1960s.

Bobby Blue Bland: Two Steps from the Blues

Tuesday, January 24 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Paul Spencer

Memphis legend Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930-2013) began his career with B.B. King and ballad singer Johnny Ace in the 1950s,

Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street

Tuesday, January 24 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by James Maycock

Soul singer Bobby Womack (1944-2014) started his career in the 1950s as a member of the gospel group The Womack

Mose Allison: Ever Since I Stole the Blues

Wednesday, January 25 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Paul Bernays

Paul Bernays’ affectionate portrait tells the story of legendary jazz/blues singer, songwriter, and pianist Mose Allison (1927-2016)—called the “jazz sage”

How Sweet the Sound–The Blind Boys of Alabama

Wednesday, January 25 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Leslie McCleave

Gospel greats The Blind Boys of Alabama have an amazing career—since meeting at a Talladega institute for the blind in

Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past

Friday, January 27 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Dave Davidson, Amber Edwards

Vince Giordano is responsible for the period music in Todd Haynes’ Carol, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, Robert DeNiro’s The Good

Hired Gun

Saturday, January 28 @ 9:00 pm

Directed by Fran Strine

You may know the front men of KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica, but playing in their shadows are the prolific


Saturday, January 28 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Fredrik Horn Akselsen, Christian Falch

Blackhearts takes a fresh look at the notorious Norwegian black metal music scene—but from a striking new angle. We travel

The Ballad of Fred Hersch

Sunday, January 29 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Charlotte Lagarde, Carrie Lozano

Internationally renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch has been playing professionally for the better part of four decades. Hersch has always

Cinesonika: Celebrating the Soundtrack

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Various

Cinesonika is a semi-annual conference at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC that showcases new experimental of film and video

I Am the Blues

Friday, February 3 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Daniel Cross

I Am the Blues provides a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the

Pianists Street

Saturday, February 4 @ 4:30 pm

Directed by Mariano Nante

On Rue Bosquet, a small street in Brussels, two identical buildings stand side by side. One is the home of

I Go Back Home–Jimmy Scott

Saturday, February 4 @ 7:00 pm

Directed by Yoon-Ha Chang

I Go Back Home tells the story of an unlikely pairing of jazz legend Jimmy Scott and disillusioned German music

Arvo Pärt: Even if I Lose Everything

Sunday, February 5 @ 4:30 pm

Directed by Dorian Supin

Dorian Supin’s intimate film of minimalist Norwegian composer Arvo Pärt provides a warm and delicate portrait of the maestro’s philosophy


Sunday, February 5 @ 6:30 pm

Directed by Arnaud Robert

Benin’s Gangbé Brass Band has been touring the world for 15 years, bringing their effervescent, high-energy brand of Afrobeat to

Yallah! Underground

Sunday, February 5 @ 7:30 pm

Directed by Farid Eslam

Through exuberant performances and heartfelt interviews, Farid Eslam goes deep into the world of alternative Arab music before and during

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