Music and cinema have always been intertwined but the film world is going further to incorporate music in a more direct manner, outside of soundtracks. Martin Scorsese's announcement that he'll be shooting both a documentary and dramatic film on The Ramones is just one of many examples. Somewhat coincidentally, the CBGB Music & Film Festival—named for the venue that The Ramones famously called home—has also announced the film lineup and performers for this year's event, the third in the series that celebrates movies about music.
Among the headlining musical acts will be Jane's Addiction, Devo, Robert DeLong, Surfer Blood, We Are Scientists and Macy Gray. Perry Farrell and company will be celebrating the anniversary of its classic album Nothing's Shocking by playing it in full, while Devo's performance will go hand-in-hand with the debut of Hardcore Devo Live, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Other films that will making their debuts at the festival include The Winding Stream, a documentary on the lineages of country music's two biggest families—the Carters and the Cash's—and With You, short film written and directed by DJ Dirty South to accompany his forthcoming album of the same name. Leighton Meester, Debra Messing and Billie Joe Armstrong will also star in a new drama titled Like Sunday Like Rain. Another intriguing debut will be I Need A Dodge, a documentary telling the tale of Clash member Joe Strummer's time in Spain.
Some other flicks we at Music Times recommend that will be showing at CBGB: Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nation's Capital and Riot on The Dance Floor, a documentary on Randy Now and The City Gardens.
Tickets for films begin at $10 with individual tickets needed for each performance. Interested attendees can visit cbgbfest.com for ticket info.