FILM: Music On the Big Screen

April 19th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

What are the odds that two big-name films about jazz trumpeters would be taking over movie screens at the same time?

That’s the case, though, as “Born to Be Blue” (with Ethan Hawke in the role of Chet Baker) and “Miles Ahead” (featuring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis) are both jockeying for position in a theater near you. (OK, “Born to Be Blue” is currently being screened at the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany, while “Miles Ahead” is still waiting in the wings as a coming attraction…)

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Interestingly enough, those aren’t the only music movies at the Spectrum. There is also *I Saw the Light” (the Hank Williams bio-pic starring British actor Tom Hiddleston as the kingpin of country music), while “Elvis & Nixon” (starring Michael Shannon as the King of Rock & Roll is coming soon).

And as it turns out, there’s quite a parade of other movies about music that are coming up around Greater Nippertown. Here’s a list of some of them that we rounded up:

Wednesday (April 20), 7pm
“Roxy: The Movie”
Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady
Years-in-the-making Frank Zappa & Nothers of Invention concert film

Thursday (April 21)- Sunday, May 1, various times
“They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile”
Time + Space Limited, Hudson
Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world famous musicians won’t give up without a fight in Johanna Schwartz’s documentary.

Monday, April 25, 7pm
“Stop Making Sense”
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Talking Heads concert film directed by Jonathan Demme

Thursday (April 28)- Sunday, May 1, various times
“The Case of the Three Sided Dream”
Time + Space Limited, Hudson
Adam Kahane’s documentary about Rashaan Roland Kirk, a one-of-a-kind jazz saxophonist, personality, satirist and windmill-slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices – did not relent. His life’s work was exploring sound and making music.

Friday, April 29, 7pm
“Help!”
The Madison Theater, Albany
The Beatles’ second movie; followed by a live performance by “Hey Jude…The Tribute”

Saturday, May 14, 7pm
“UHF”
Proctors, Schenectady
Weird Al Yankovic’s classic cult comedy

Thursday, June 10, 7pm
“Lee’s 88 Keys”
The Linda, Albany
Susan Robbins’ award-winning documentary about one of Greater Nippertown’s own musical treasures – jazz pianist Lee Shaw.

And there’s even talk that the fine folks from It Came From Schenectady may be screening “Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents” soon, too…

2 thoughts on “FILM: Music On the Big Screen”

  1. I just saw the miles movie and it will be worth it for some.

  2. Rudy says:

    Explain why some Tim?

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