MUSIC DOCS CONTINUE TO STEAL SPOTLIGHT
at 8TH ANNUAL DTLA FILM FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY TOYOTA MIRAI
This weekend compelling biopics of Jaco Pastourias, Om’Mas Keith and Juliette Lewis join two Blues films for final line-up
All screenings at Regal L.A. LIVE
LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2016 – The 2016 DTLA Film Festival’s Music Documentary Series continues this weekend at Regal L.A. LIVE with an all-star line up of film premieres beginning with Jaco, the compelling biopic of Jaco Pastourias, produced by Metallica’s Rob Trujillo. Last night the series began with the Los Angeles premiere of Bjork: The Creative Universe of a Music Missionary, a documentary examining the legendary Icelandic artist, Bjork, co-directed by Tita von Hardenberg and Hannes Rosacher.
Featuring insights from musicians including Joni Mitchell, Sting, and Carlos Santana, Jaco by director Paul Marchand features never before seen footage and will give the audience a new look into the life, career and untimely death of whom many consider the greatest bass player ever.
Saturday night will showcase four more documentaries including Om’Mas Keith: Across the Road, the story of Grammy winner Om’Mas Keith, who recently produced Frank Ocean’s album Blonde, peering into his start in the projects of Queens, NY and his rise to working with some of music’s most in demand acts. Hard Lovin’ Woman is the Michael Rapaport directed biopic about Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis, and her decision to press pause on her acting career to pursue her passion of music. Showing in unison are How Berlin Got The Blues, a documentary about Ebylee Davis – soldier by day, blues singer by night – stationed in Berlin during the Cold War and how he gave life to blues music in Germany, and Samuel D. Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’, a documentary about the quest of two groups of young adults to find two blues singers, consigned to oblivion, during the civil rights movement in the deep South.
“We’re excited to welcome so many extraordinary music documentaries to this year’s festival,” said festival director Greg Ptacek. “These are the stories of some of the most iconic figures in contemporary music, and we’re proud to provide a Los Angeles showcase for their presentation.”
The festival’s continuing Music Documentary Series at a glance:
September 23, 2016 – 7:30pm
documentary | 110 mins. | directed by Paul Marchand
The story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who changed the course of modern music, is told with never-before-seen archival footage. His life, his music, his demise, and the lasting victory of artistic genius are revealed in this intimate look at whom many consider the greatest bass player ever.
Bjork: The Creative Universe of a Music Missionary
September 22, 2016 – 9:15pm
documentary | 52 mins. | directed by Hannes Rosacher and Tita von Hardenberg
A look into the life and legacy of Icelandic musician, Bjork as she celebrates her 50th birthday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Om’Mas Keith: Across The Road
September 24, 2016 – 7:30pm
documentary | 24 mins. | created by Yours Truly
A new short-form music documentary, telling the story of Grammy® Award winner Om’Mas Keith and his journey from a humble avant-garde jazz upbringing in Queens, NY to becoming one of today’s most in-demand producers and collaborators to artists like Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, John Legend, and more. The artist will participate in an audience Q&A, following the the screening.
Hard Lovin’ Woman
September 24, 2016 – 9:00pm
documentary | 28 mins. | directed by Michael Rapaport
Hard Lovin’ Woman is a heavy-hitting documentary featuring the never been told story of Oscar-nominated actress, Juliette Lewis. The Red Bull TV original short film, developed in association with UX Entertainment Group and directed by actor and director Michael Rapaport, explores the sacrifices Lewis makes to pursue her first love, music — from putting her acting career on hold and self-financing a music career to assembling her very own rock band, The Licks. Hard Lovin’ Woman is available globally On Demand on Red Bull TV.
How Berlin Got The Blues
September 24, 2016 – 8:00pm
documentary | 45 mins. | directed by Victoria Luther
A short documentary highlighting the life of Ebylee Davis, Mr. Blues himself, and his 1950’s stint in the US Army, spreading the blues to the East and West Berliners.
Two Trains Runnin’
September 24, 2016 – 8:00pm
documentary | 80 mins. | directed by Samuel D. Pollard
The search for two forgotten blues singers, carried out in Mississippi during the height of the American civil rights movement.
The 2016 DTLA Film Festival is presented by Toyota Mirai. Major sponsors are Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center, UCLA Extension, City Club Los Angeles, Mrs. Fish, Council District 14 – Jose Huizar | City of Los Angeles, The Park DTLA, Level Furnished Living, ChillHound, Los Angeles Times, BitTorrent Now, Metro, Wynning Touch Event Planning, Cloud 19, Fostered Productions, District Restaurant on the Bloc, and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, and Creative Handbook.
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The only major film festival in the Capital of Cool – downtown Los Angeles – DTLA Film Festival was established in 2008 as a showcase for independent cinema in the historic core of the Film Capital of the World. The festival embraces in its programming and mission the unique cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of downtown Los Angeles and its neighboring communities. DTLA Film Fest is produced annually by a nonprofit arts organization that is led by a volunteer group of filmmakers and community activists.