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Sonic Youth “Rock” Film Fest

Filmmaker Allison Anders fuses music and film at three-day event

The first annual Don’t Knock the Rock music and film festival will
begin August 15th in Hollywood and include performances by Sonic
Youth, Alex Chilton, J. Mascis, Wayne Kramer and the Mike
Watt-fronted Real Oh My.

Director Allison Anders (Border Radio, Gas, Food,
Lodging
) founded the three-day festival after teaching a class
on rock films at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “I
really got revitalized teaching that class,” says Anders. “I
thought, if I could spend my time watching movies at a festival and
see great bands at night and have that all in one place, it would
be like a dream for me.”

Tiffany Anders — Allison’s daughter — selected the bands for
the festival and will herself play a Saturday show at the Knitting
Factory, as part of an evening line-up hosted by actor Matt
Dillon.

The film portion of the festival will include rock documentaries
Head, The Decline of Western Civilization,
MC5: A True Testimonial and 1991: The Year Punk
Broke
, as well as unseen film of the Flying Burrito Brothers
shot in the late Sixties.

“The first time I saw it, I was gasping,” Anders says of the raw
footage of the late Gram Parsons and his Burritos. “It’s beautiful
footage with colors we just don’t have anymore. It was shot on film
stock that doesn’t exist anymore. The texture and quality of the
images is stunning.”

A Southern California resident herself, Anders noted the
relative lack of major festivals in Los Angeles. “There’s five
great American cities of rock & roll but I think you gotta put
Hollywood first,” she says. “We have the Capitol Records tower.
Even Dylan moved here. The Beatles came here. Even when something
didn’t originate here, it all ends up here. We’re Hollywood. It’s
time to step up.”

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