Stones in Exile

In 1971, to get breathing room from tax and management problems, the Stones go to France. Jimmy Miller parks a recording truck next to Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg’s Blue Coast villa, and by June the band is in the basement a few days at a time. Upstairs, heroin, bourbon, and visitors are everywhere. The Stones, other musicians and crew, Pallenberg, and photographer Dominique Tarle, plus old clips and photos and contemporary footage, provide commentary on the album’s haphazard construction. By September, the villa is empty; Richards and Jagger complete production in LA. “Exile on Main Street” is released to mediocre reviews that soon give way to lionization.

We Are X

The music never had to be explained. For childhood friends Yoshiki and Toshi, forming their band X in 1982 was a way of living through music. Soon they were selling out international stadiums by perfecting their own style of amps-to-11 glam rock—dubbed “psychedelic violence crime of visual shock” (imagine Iron Maiden with a David Bowie spirit animal)—and connecting with millions of fans. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]

JACO

JACO tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar. Never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings unveil the true story behind the legend of Jaco’s life, his music, and his heartbreaking end. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW Film Festival]

Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of

BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF is a surprising and rewarding journey filmed over 2 years that delves into the extremes of fame, fortune, betrayal and renewal. The documentary follows the members as they share their lives with us and relive their journey together, revealing new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving.