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Bodied

Words are weapons in the world’s most brutal lyrical sport. Produced by Eminem and directed by world-renowned music video director Joseph Khan, Bodied is a go-for-the-jugular, hilarious look inside the competitive world of rap battles.
Thu, Oct 11 9:15 PM
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The Hi De Ho Show

Swing, swing, swing, swing: John Goddard’s personally curated, impeccably hosted foray into the annals of popular music this year lands on the greats of the Swing Era. Tapping into his earliest memories—and proving that it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing—Goddard will veejay his way through the ’30s and ’40s, that time of remarkable orchestrations and unforgettable lyrics that launched some of the greatest talents of American popular music. He’ll explore the sonorous sophistication of youngster Frank Sinatra, honing his pipes as frontman for Tommy Dorsey; the highfalutin’ harmonizing of the inimitable Andrews Sisters; the soulful innovation of Billie Holiday; the foot-tapping orchestravaganzas (sic!) from the likes of Cab, Duke, and Benny—all of which will be sure to have you dancing in the aisles. Whether your preference is hi de hi or ho de ho, just know t’ain’t watcha do, it’s the way that you do it: And be prepared for some stompin’ at the Sequoia.
Sun, Oct 7 9:15 PM
Sat, Oct 13 8:30 PM
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Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives

Singer, songwriter, and social activist Holly Near has been performing for well over 50 years and in the process created what Gloria Steinem called, “the first soundtrack of the women’s movement.” From small-town Northern California to sold-out shows on some of the most iconic stages to million-person peace marches, Singing for Our Lives documents the story of the activist and her art. It also serves as an important testament to a time—a time of protest and coalition building, and the weaving of a multicultural consciousness always rooted in contemporary activism. Featuring Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Ronnie Gilbert, and Tom Hayden with appearances by Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, and others, this film, directed by Jim Brown (The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time), elevates Near to her deserved status of iconic artist and activist, and speaks to anyone who believes in peace, justice, feminism, and humanity.
Sun, Oct 7 3:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 3:15 PM
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The Independents

Pulsing with musical goodness, this engaging, offbeat film asks the age-old question: When do you hang up the guitar and become an adult? Rich is a New York graduate student tormented by an unfinished dissertation. He’s happiest writing songs on his guitar. Life takes a turn for the weird when he meets Greg (played by director Greg Naughton), a free-spirited musician who urges Rich to follow his dreams. When brusque Brian wanders into the frame, a power trio is born. These three musicians, who are members of the real-life group The Sweet Remains, sputter through an unexpected and hilarious road trip in search of fame and fortune. Filled with gorgeous tunes, the journey leads them to where dreams go to die: Los Angeles. Will they make it? Can they get a record deal? Will the van start? Delving into the emotional realities of all struggling musicians, this funny, feel-good flick captures what it means to be an artist at a crossroad.
Fri, Oct 5 3:00 PM
Sat, Oct 6 11:45 AM
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Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

In this new live music and film piece, acclaimed musician Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of H. Lee Waters, who documented over 118 small towns in the southeast between 1936-42. Waters’s films are of regular people going about their lives – mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, an old man reading a war-time headline, children racing in slow motion toward a huge wooden teeter totter. Scheinman and filmmaker Finn Taylor have re-edited these iconic images to Scheinman’s music, and created a new movie that speaks to any community as much as to the towns where it was filmed. “These are America’s home movies. They contain a clue to our nature, an imprint of our ancestry. They were shot before Americans had sophisticated understanding of film, and capture truthfulness that one is hard-pressed to find in this day and age now that we are immersed in a world of social media, video, and photography. These people can
Wed, Oct 10 6:30 PM8:45 PM
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One Voice

Black gospel singing lives at the heart of the church experience, an expression of spirit and the deliverance of a message of faith, hope, and joy. There is a place for everyone in the song, a place in which harmony is not just the simultaneous playing or singing of notes to produce chords, but also a place of concord, the sound of one. No place is this more evident than with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. One Voice is a joyous expression of this oneness, exploring the lives of four members of the choir and its artistic director Terrance Kelly. In existence for three decades, the choir is composed of singers from diverse faiths, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, and lifestyles, creating a place of inclusion and acceptance for singers and audience alike. The choir is a radiant manifestation of what is possible when people come together, a balm for our times.
Wed, Oct 10 6:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 2:15 PM
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Stay Human

What does it mean to be human? What connects people around the globe? How can we celebrate the beauty of love and life in a world turned upside down? These are just a few of the questions world-renowned musician Michael Franti explores in this captivating and stirring documentary. Through his socially conscious work in Spearhead, Bay Area-based artist Franti has dedicated his life to speaking up for the underrepresented by creating positive energy during chaotic times. This striking film shines a glowing light on people around the world who embrace hope amidst overwhelming challenges. Through stories and songs, Franti captures the energy and drive of a diverse group of inspirational modern-day heroes. From an Indonesian midwife to a young couple battling the ravages of ALS, Franti uncovers the love and humanity possible in dire conditions and exposes his own struggles, creating an emotional resonance that is moving and motivating at once.
Mon, Oct 8 6:00 PM6:00 PM
Fri, Oct 12 12:30 PM
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Use Your Delusion

Eccentric musician Ryan Kattner has traveled the world as the frontman of Man Man, playing in front of enormous crowds at Coachella, his songs showcased in Nike commercials and TV shows like Weeds. After all this success, what could be next? Maybe one giant step backwards is just what he needs. With his former bandmates settling down with kids, wives, and mortgages, it’s back to square one for Kattner, leaving Man Man behind for a tour with his new musical venture Honus Honus—fully equipped with dingy hotel rooms, unreliable sound sets, diminished crowds, and a group of new, young musicians. This immersive doc features no staged talking-head interviews, no extensive Behind the Music-esque backstories: It’s real band adventure. Viewers embark on a one-of-a-kind journey to experience the true highs and lows of the road, as one artist redefines what it means to be successful.
Sat, Oct 13 5:30 PM
Sun, Oct 14 7:45 PM
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The Whistleblower of My Lai

Hugh Thompson was more than a whistleblower. The 24-year-old major was a hero to most, a traitor to some, and a veritable angel to those whose lives he saved when, on March 16, 1968, he landed his Army observation helicopter to intervene at the site where US soldiers were murdering hundreds of Vietnamese civilians. Fifty years later, a group of artists with diverse connections to the Vietnam War collaborate on a chamber opera exploring the agitated soul of the 67-year-old Thompson during his final hours, as he reckons with his life and the disgraceful treatment he received at the hands of his army and government in the aftermath of the My Lai Massacre. Vivid archival images frame the rehearsals of the Kronos Quartet, composer Jonathan Berger, librettist Harriet Scott Chessman, renowned tenor Eckert and virtuoso Vietnamese instrumentalist Van-Anh Vo as they proceed toward a premiere through deeply stirring yet musically and emotionally challenging terrain.
Thu, Oct 11 6:30 PM
Fri, Oct 12 6:30 PM
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