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Reel Music Festival 37: NW Film Center's Ben Popp gives us the rundown. / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #228

It's time for Northwest Film Center's annual festival of music and movies, Reel Music 37. NWFC's Ben Popp tells us all about it. / Audio

It's time for Northwest Film Center's annual Reel Music Festival, this the 37th!

In the Artichoke Café here at Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Boulevard, we’re talking music movies. Not musicals. And not Cats, but the Northwest Film Center’s annual Reel Music Festival.

This year it runs from Friday, January 24 through Sunday, February 16 and it’s got some old favorites among the new films which are all about music.

With me in the Café today is Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager & Programmer who had a hand in curating this year's films.

He’s here to tell us all about the films in the festival and what goes into choosing them.

I know one thing, I can’t wait to see The Harder They Come on the big screen again, just like I did at midnight when it first came out.

Meet Ben Popp.

Find out about the films below, with links, etc but first listen to NWFC's Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager & Programmer who had a hand in curating this year's films. Or do it the other way around. Whatever you like.


Fri, Jan 24

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band

Directed by Daniel Roher

This Scorsese-produced love letter sits down with frontman Robbie Robertson, who reminisces about The Band’s career as both Bob Dylan’s 

Sat, Jan 25

The Last Waltz


One of the greatest concert films ever made sees The Band teaming up with a slew of like-minded heavy hitters 

Sat, Jan 25

Lisbon Beat

Directed by Vasco VianaRita Maia

This pulsating film tracks the musical explorations of a crew of Lisbon music producers from diverse backgrounds—immigrants from Angola, São 

Sat, Jan 25

Who Let the Dogs Out

Directed by Brent Hodge

In this hilarious, unpredictable mystery-doc, Ben Sisto digs deep into the origins of the Baha Men’s 2000 global-smash track “Who 

Sun, Jan 26

Amazing Grace

Directed by Alan ElliottSydney Pollack

This unbelievable two-day gospel concert film sees Aretha Franklin at her captivating best—and will come to be known as one 

Mon, Jan 27

Gimme Shelter

Directed by Albert MayslesDavid MayslesCharlotte Zwerin

This tragic, harrowing film follows the Rolling Stones on their 1969 US tour, which ended with the violent debacle at 

Sat, Feb 1

The Harder They Come

Directed by Perry Henzell

Reggae star Jimmy Cliff stars in this unforgettable film that introduced the effervescent, uplifting music to the West and became 

Sun, Feb 2

Mr. Jimmy

Directed by Peter Michael Dowd

As a teenager Akio Sakurai, the son of a Tokyo kimono tailor, became obsessed with Led Zeppelin. He carried the 

Fri, Feb 7

You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard

Directed by Kenny Dalsheimer

This loving portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard, replete with performances from her long career and interviews with key 

Sat, Feb 8

Other Music

Directed by Puloma BasuRob Hatch-Miller

Forward-thinking NYC institution Other Music—known for their plucky spirit and encyclopedic knowledge (and stocking) of outside-the-mainstream music—is the focus of 

Sun, Feb 9

Patrinell: The Total Experience

Directed by Andrew ElizagaTia Young

Crowned “Seattle’s First Lady of Gospel,” by the Seattle Times, Reverend Patrinell “Pat” Wright left the segregated South in 1964 

Wed, Feb 12

NW Music Video Showcase

Directed by Various

The Northwest has a strong tradition in music video creation, and we celebrate it with an evening of music videos 

Sat, Feb 15

Where Does a Body End?

Directed by Marco Porsia

Michael Gira and his band Swans are one of industrial music’s heaviest and most emotionally shattering groups. Filmmaker Porsia went 

Sun, Feb 16

The Unicorn

Directed by Isabelle DupuisTim Geraghty

In 1974, outsider musician Peter Grudzien made the first openly-gay country album, pressing 500 copies and selling few. Rediscovered in 

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