FFR Preview: Canadian Music Week Film Festival

Quadrophenia (1979)

I am an unabashed film festival junkie, and therefore when my editor suggested I  write a post  about the upcoming Canadian Music Week Film Festival I happily jumped on the assignment. Certain members of the  ForgetTheBox group  are eager to head down the 401 to Toronto  in March to be apart of this festival… and when adventure and films are  involved, you know you can always count me in.

I’ve been told by friends  that Canadian Music Week is basically a much larger and more corporate version of (the much  beloved FTB event)  POP Montreal. If that’s true I guess then  it’s not surprising   then that just like POP,  CMW has its own film portion of the festival. I volunteered at Film POP a couple of years ago and had a great time, so  I’m very curious as to what the larger  CMW film festival experience would have to offer. One totally awesome thing I  already know this  festival has going for it is that the event will be held at the  Toronto International Film Festival’s new digs TIFF Bell Lightbox.  After working  for TIFF  in the fall (shout out CRET team! You rock!) and seeing several films there  during the festival,I know  that the Lightbox is a great venue with amazing theaters. So while my colleagues might be rocking out to bands like Rich Aucoin, Sweet Thing and The Sadies, here’s a preview of some of the films I would be interested in checking out;

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

Go there once, Be there twice: I love me a good rock and roll documentary and this one about Van Halen legend Sammy Hagar looks especially promising. Even more awesome? Hagar will be there himself to introduce the screening. Get your panties ready ladies.

Quadrophenia: I am ashamed to admit that while I’ve heard allot about it over the years, I’ve  never actually  seen this 1979 film which was produced by The Who’s Pete Townshed… I mean  seriously listen to the description that the CMW website gives this film and tell me it doesn’t sound like something you’d be totally into seeing; “One of the all time classic Mod-era crime film QUADROPHENIA’s biker gangs trade in their Harley’s for Vespas and leathers for stylish suits in this story of angry youth rebelling against authority.”

Beyond the Black Rainbow: If any of you out there got the chance to see the trippy Enter the Void when it played at TIFF in Toronto or at the Festival du Noveau Cinema here in Montreal and I liked it, then I think this will be your kind of flick. Again I’m purely going on descriptions here but this more than peaked my interest; “Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond The Black Rainbow is a Reagan era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons.”
CMW Film Festival runs from March 11th-12th in Toronto, Canada.

Art Editor’s note:
Miss the preview? No worries,   here’s what’s up with CMW 11′. It’s a new music holiday! Everyone loves holidays!

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