This year’s CBGB Music & Film Festival will travel from the Bowery to Broadway with “CBGB” and “Broadway Idiot,” the documentary on Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and the making of the musical “American Idiot.”
Taking place Oct. 8-13, about 60 feature films and shorts will be screened, 25 of which are receiving world and U.S. premieres. Among the films making their debuts are Brandon Walz’s “Geek USA,” Shaun Pettigrew’s documentary on Killing Joke, Michael Cain's “The Starck Project” about the Dallas nightclub and Greg Harding’s work-in-progress documentary on the Bronx, N.Y., and punk/funk band E.S.G. Gorman Bechard will also show clips of his film on Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart.
“Our film selections will showcase a solid mix of music genres including rock, bluegrass, pop and folk, while also exploring the foreign music culture of countries such as Brazil, Italy, London, Australia and the underground punk scenes in Montreal and Toronto,” film festival director Joe Amodei said in a statement.
“CBGB,” director Randall Miller’s take on the story of Hilly Kristal and his club that birthed underground rock 'n roll and punk, will open the festival at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8. “Broadway Idiot,” directed by Doug Hamilton, plays Oct. 10.
The 2013 CBGB Film Festival World Premieres:
“Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times Of Grant Hart”
Director: Gorman Bechard (World Premiere)
Bechard will show clips from this unfinished film and discuss the movie.
A high school senior wins a battle of the bands and goes from unknown geek to most eligible bachelor for prom.
“The Death And Resurrection Show”
Director: Shaun Pettigrew
A music documentary exploring the turbulent, controversial and often unbelievable 30-year history of British post punk industrial band Killing Joke.
“The E.S.G. Story”
Director: Greg Harding
Story of three sisters in the Bronx who form the post-punk/funk band E.S.G.
“The Starck Project”
Director: Michael Cain
Film includes appearances from the late Larry Hagman, Owen Wilson and this year’s CBGB Icon Award Winner Seymour Stein.
The 2013 CBGB Film Festival U.S. premieres “Autoluminescent”
Director: Richard Lowenstein
Documentary on Rowland S Howard, an early Melbourne punk. Narrated by Henry Rollins.
Directors: Samuel Comazzi, Hatib el Khatib
Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Afrojack, Laidback Luke and other leaders in house music tell their stories.
“Heart Of Bruno Wizard”
Director: Elisabeth Rasmussen
Bruno Wizard was a London punk musician who performed at the Roxy club who rejected record company contracts to follow his own principles.
“Livin Out Rock N Roll”
Director: Paulo Sedarazzi
The story of the Baby Teenage Idols from the London 80s rock scene.
“Locked In A Garage Band”
Director: Jennifer Westcott
The first feature from filmmaking sisters Jennifer and Victoria Westcott tackles six feuding members of a high school rock band locked in their garage for a day.
“Paul Kelly, Stories Of Me”
Director: Ian Darling
Australia’s gifted singer-songwriter’s 40 year career.
“Pleased To Meet Me”
Director: Archie Borders
The lead singer of a seminal punk band reunites with his former partner to form a band for a single day. Starring Aimee Mann, John Doe, Loudon Wainwright.
“Romeo And Juliet: A Love Song”
Director: Tim Van Dammen
A hip-hop operatic version of the Shakespeare classic.
Director: John Hardwick
Dixie (Johnny Owen) is a postman from South Wales who discovers a great band on YouTube and offers to manage them.
“The Montreal Underground”
Director: Giuliano Bossa
Documentary on the DIY local scene of Montreal.
Among other films that have played other festivals that will be screened at the CBGB festival are “Babe and Ricky’s Inn,” “Bad Brains: A Band in DC,” “Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius Of James Booker,” “Brothers Hypnotic,” and “Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me.”
For a complete list of the film festival, go to http://www.cbgb.com/films.php.