Don’t Knock the Rock

Don’t Knock the Rock Film Festival
July 3-August 21 2014
Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
By Victoria Joyce

In it’s tenth year, the Don’t Knock the Rock Film Festival, co-founded & curated by mama/daughter, Alison & Tiffany Anders, got kicked off proper with the greatest movie ever made, “A Hard Day’s Night.” The Beatles started shooting this as soon as they got back to England after conquering America in 1964. A gorgeous 50th Anniversary restoration in glorious black and white from Janus Films is in wide release and will run for two weeks at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. For the Love of God, go.

The opening night party included a teaser/trailer featuring this year’s DNTR selection of rock-u-mentaries with something for everyone: Soul, Pop, Punk, Jazz, Shoegaze and Olympia, Washington.  And some fun-time cartoons from The Beatles animation series that ran on ABC 65-67. Very rare indeed.

Intro’ed by movie & TV director Alison Anders who does this for the love when she isn’t directing her own projects and episodes of Orange is the New Black. The elder Anders related her own story of seeing the Beatle movie for the first time and screaming her head off. Back in the day – you paid once and sat in the theater all day and saw a movie over and over. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

The other films include; “Beautiful Noise” celebrating the British bands of the 80s & 90s is already sold out and has added a second screening. Cure much?

“Try This at Home” Is a movie about a movie – three UCLA film kids document Olympia’s Yo Yo A Go Go festival featuring Bikini Kill, Beat Happening, The Gossip, Sleater-Kinney, Bratmobile, Unwound, Kimya Dawson and a huge list of others in the summer of ’99.

Double Feature: “The Case of the Three-Sided Dream” about Jazz genius, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and “Mabon “Teenie” Hodges: Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original” profiles a giant from Memphis.

We are really looking forward to “Boyce & Hart – The Guys Who Wrote ‘em” about the two 60s song-smiths Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart who defined the California sound transitioning from Surf & Drag to Flower & Power.

“Led Zeppelin Played Here” isn’t as self-explanatory as it sounds. More like an X Files episode. A legendary concert in 1969 is investigated like the Moon Landing – did it really happen? Trust no one.

“Pulp A Film About Life Death & Supermarkets” about the band of the same name has reduced some to tears.

Bouffed out with live shows, DJs spinning, parties and filmmaker appearances with Q&As all up close and personal  - these are spectacular events that only happen in La La Land.

Thursday, July 10th, 7:30pm: Beautiful Noise (L.A. premiere!)
Thursday, July 17th, 7:30pm: Try This At Home (world premiere, filmmakers in person!)
Thursday, July 17th, 10:15pm: Beautiful Noise (encore, filmmakers in person!),
Thursday, July 24th, 7:30pm: The Case of the Three-Sided Dream (West Coast premiere!) and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original
Thursday, July 31st, 7:30pm: The Possibilities Are Endless (L.A. premiere!)
Saturday, August 2nd, 1:00pm: BMI Roundtable 2014
Thursday, August 7th, 7:30pm: Boyce & Hart – The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em (L.A. premiere, Bobby Hart, Keith Allison and more in person!)
Thursday, August 14th, 7:30pm: Led Zeppelin Played Here (L.A. premiere!)
Thursday, August 21st, 7:30pm: Pulp – A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets