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The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Few music mythologies are as ingrained in our culture as the Man in Black’s, from Johnny Cash’s early days at Sun Records to his struggle with addiction and the eventual love story that blossomed from his creative collaborations with June Carter. But where the biopic Walk the Line ended, The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash picks up a full head of steam, further chronicling the decades when Cash championed Native American rights, protested the Vietnam War, and found endless ways to reinvent himself—musically and personally—while always finding a space where innovation and spirituality intersected. Yes, the seminal Folsom Prison concert is still a key fulcrum in this remarkable story, but the rich archival footage (including interviews with Cash) and a number of musical legends—including Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, and Rosanne Cash—paying tribute to his influence makes this a definitive look at one of American music’s most courageous and complex perso
Fri, Oct 4, 2019 5:00 PM
Sun, Oct 6, 2019 9:00 PM
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The Hi De Ho Show

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of MVFF’s first Village Music show! Experience a finger-snapping extravaganza of music clips veejayed and hosted by the legendary John Goddard, whose eclectic knowledge expanded the musical minds of filmmakers (think: Lucas) and musicians (Costello) alike. For Hi De Ho newbies and longtime fans: Expect the unexpected, be there!
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 8:45 PM
Fri, Oct 11, 2019 9:15 PM
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My Friend Fela (Meu Amigo Fela)

The definitive account of Nigerian musician and civil rights activist Fela Kuti, this exuberant portrait peels back the many layers of a complex and turbulent but brilliant mind. Through enlightening remembrances by Fela’s friends, family, ex-lovers, and his ebullient biographer Carlos Moore, the life and impact—and earth-shaking music—of one of the most influential figures in the Pan-African movement is resurrected in vivid and intimate form. Wielding his music as a “politico-cultural manifesto,” Fela’s rise as the pioneer of the style of music known as Afrobeat in the 1960s would dovetail against a volatile backdrop of social injustice. His outspokenness in criticizing the Nigerian government and other dictatorships bled into his art and planted seeds for revolution. My Friend Fela is a richly textured portrait of a defining artist as told through the eyes of those closest to him, shedding new and varied light on an enigmatic and controversial original.
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 5:30 PM
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 11:45 AM
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Queen Meryl and Mamma Mia!

A book launch party and special screening! What better way to spend an afternoon than hearing the backstory of Erin Carlson’s new book, Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep, then bopping along with the Queen as she sings her way through the ABBA archives on a gorgeous Greek isle in Mamma Mia!? Get out your overalls and platform shoes, and add a little sparkle to your Saturday at the Sweetwater for a fabulous, intergenerational celebration! Book signing follows the screening.
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 1:00 PM
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The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion

Filmmakers Lisa Cortés and Farah X remix the history of hip-hop fashion by shining a spotlight on the pioneering stylists and designers whose brilliant vision brought the indelible style, swagger, and savvy of African American culture and creativity to the music industry, the runway, and the masses. Meet Misa Hylton, the image architect and driving force behind iconic looks worn by Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, and Missy Elliott; Dapper Dan, the designer whose legendary Harlem boutique outfitted musicians, moguls, and aspiring tastemakers in head-to-toe designer logos around the clock; April Walker, the game-changing proprietress of Brooklyn’s Fashion in Effect; Kerby Jean-Raymond, artist and founder of unabashedly political high-fashion design house Pyer Moss; and more. Their powerful global impact is fully explored in this electric, beat-heavy homage to the stars behind the scenes, whose artistic excellence continues to fuel a new Black Renaissance and influence the dreams, rhymes, and li
Wed, Oct 9, 2019 5:30 PM
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 9:00 PM
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You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard

Having discovered the high lonesome sound as a college student, Alice Gerrard became a pioneer of the traditional music canon. Perhaps best known for her longtime collaboration with Hazel Dickens—a duo thought to be the first female bluegrass bandleaders—Gerrard’s career spans over 50 years. As a musician, singer, songwriter, student, and teacher of "old time" music, Gerrard bridges traditional and bluegrass music, inspiring the likes of Emmy Lou Harris and Laurie Lewis—who both appear in the film—among others. You Gave Me a Song reveals an unstoppable force, one who took part in an interracial music tour of the South to challenge segregation, received a Grammy nomination at 80, and immersed herself in traditional music while defying convention to blaze a path for new generations of women to follow. In Gerrard’s world, the power of traditional music is in its connection to everyday life—and hers has been a life of and for music.
Thu, Oct 10, 2019 5:15 PM
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 11:30 AM
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