Second Don't Knock the Rock Fest to Debut with Gram Parsons Pic
by Eugene Hernandez
The Don't Knock the Rock Film and Music Festival, founded by filmmaker Alison Anders, will return to Los Angeles next month, August 12-15 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, with music performances at various other venues in town. Festival director Gianna Chachere and festival producer Maya Smukler will open the event with Gandulf Hennig's "Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel." Michael des Barres is on board as the MC for the festivals' events.
Formed to capture the spirit of rock-and-roll spirit in movies, and with a number of live performances, Anders has tapped her own interests to develop a unique event for the Los Angeles audience. Organizers intend to mix old and new work for fans. "We basically created a festival we would love to go to! Seeing rock films with an audience and hearing great bands with a crowd makes me forget the commerce of both industries and celebrates the cooler reasons we work in either film or music," Anders said in a statement. "At the core of us all, we're fans, and that's really who our festival exists to serve."
The west coast premiere of "Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel" will open the event on August 12 with a look at the life of the country rock legend. Hennig collaborated with Parsons biographer Sid Griffin to create a film that includes interviews with Pamela Des Barres, Keith Richards, Chris Hillman, Paul Surratt, and others. The fest will close with "Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways" by band bassist Vicki Tischler-Blue. The personal look at the '70s all-girl teenage rock band features Kari Chrome, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, Kim Fowley, and Suzi Quatro.
Musical performances at this year's festival will include John Doe, Dios, Dead Moon, Built to Spill, Miguel Mendez, Aaron Kyle, J Mascis and Doug Martsch, Ape of Shape, Starlite Desperation, Lily n' The Ladies, Secret Society of Sonic Six, PJ Harvey, Black Heart Procession, and Jon Brion.
Set to screen during the festival are Russ Meyer's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," Anthony Wall's "The Brian Epstein Story," Michael Apted's "Coal Miner's Daughter," John Waters' "Cry Baby!," Jane Campion's "A Girls Own Story," Christopher Munch's "The Hours and the Times," Richard Thorpe's "Jailhouse Rock," Hal Kanter's "Loving You," Cynthia Gianelli and Paul Allen Newell's "Never Mind the Sex Pistols Here's the Bullocks," Richard Linklater's "School of Rock," and George Dunning's "Yellow Submarine." The fest will also present the L.A. premiere of "Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story," about the band lead by husband and wife team Fred and Toody Cole.
"While last year's film line-up was a broader introduction to the classic rock films, this years films while still encompassing as much of the whole spectrum of rock, honor rock's roots as well," said Anders.
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