Two partners present Music Film Festival

Posted: March 20, 2012

WXPN, the area's preeminent alternative radio station, and the Philadelphia Film Society, producers of the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, are partnering for the XPN Music Film Festival, April 26-29, with most programs playing at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

The movie titles in the Music Film Fest, a kind of expanded spin-off of the PFF's "Sight and Soundtrack" program, are being programmed by the PFF's Michael Lerman. Although opening- and closing-night titles have yet to be announced, the early lineup offers an eclectic mix of rock docs, fiction films, concert flicks, and a feature about Gustav Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony.

Here's the roster of titles, with more announcements of films and special events to come:

California Solo. Robert Carlyle, of Trainspotting and The Full Monty, stars as a Scottish rocker trying to rehab his life on an organic farm outside Los Angeles.

Charles Bradley: Soul of America. Documentary about the up-from-nowhere hexagenarian soul singer.

Daylight Savings. An indie musician regroups after a band breakup, then hits the road. Follow-up to Surrogate Valentine, the hit 2011 SXSW entry, also on the XPN Film Festival schedule.

Hi My Name Is Ryan. CineVegas festival prizewinning documentary about music-obsessed teen Ryan Avery.

No Room for Rockstars. Never Shout Never, Suicide Silence, and Forever Came Calling are the focus of this concert doc shot during the 2010 Warped Tour.

Of All the Things. Dennis Lambert, legendary '60s and '70s songwriter/producer ("We Built This City," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Baby Come Back"), goes on a tour of the Philippines.

Of Love, Death and Beyond - Exploring Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony. Mahler's Symphony No. 2, a.k.a. the "Resurrection" Symphony, is parsed, played, and praised in this in-depth examination and celebration of the epic composition.

Surrogate Valentine. A hit at the 2011 Philadelphia Film Festival, Dave Boyle's indie pic follows struggling musician Goh Nakamura as he reluctantly teaches an actor how to be him for a movie being made on his life. Kinda meta.

Tonight You're Mine. Rock-and-roll romantic comedy shot during the T in the Park music festival.

Uprising: Hip Hop & the LA Riots. Snoop Dogg narrates a 20th anniversary look back at the Los Angeles riots and how hip-hop figured in the tumult.

The Wrecking Crew. Denny Tedesco's documentary portrait of the 1960s studio players behind many of the hit records by the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and a mind-boggling bunch of other top recording stars.

Tickets go on sale April 9
for events at the Annenberg and theaters across Philadelphia. For more information on the music film festival, call 215-898-6677 or go to

Contact Steven Rea at 215-854-5629 or Read his blog, "On Movies Online," at

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