Sound On Screen Music Film Festival

Now well established and in its 6th year, the SOUND On SCREEN Music Film Festival continues its quest to bring you the most exciting and diverse music themed documentaries & movies from around the world, and keep cinema culture alive in South Africa. Rock, R&B, Gypsy Punk, Metal, Glam- & Shock Rock, Electronic, Experimental, Grunge, local music, Afrikaans Rock and live unplugged performance – it’s all there for one explosive weekend of Music vs Movies.
The 2015 festival includes:
– SOAKED IN BLEACH: An enthralling investigative documentary into the suspicious death of controversial Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (+ live unplugged opener performances of his songs by local artists); 
– NON STOP: A look at the rise of gypsy punks Gogol Bordello (a week before they play SA at One night in Cape Town and Oppikoppi Festival); 
– WE ARE TWISTED F*CKING SISTER!: Twisted Sister‘s tough decade rise to stardom; 
– VANN “Piano Man” WALLS – THE SPIRIT OF R&B: The 65 year career of R&B pioneer Vann “Piano Man” Walls; 
– MONSTERMAN: The rise, fall and resurrection of Finland’s Eurovision winner Lordi
– STONE COLD JANE AUSTEN: Home grown music comedy starring Rob Van VuurenJon Savage & feat. many local acts; 
– ECCENTRIC ECLECTIC: A far-out Canadian sound & music festival; 
– ART’S NOT DEAD: A look at a prolific local drummer retiring from music.
(Titles, schedule, screening times, trailer links & movie info below, and at
Expect audience give-aways like the ‘other’ Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck, from & Next Entertainment, One Night In Cape Town & Oppi Koppi concert tickets from Hilltop Live, and CD’s like Eric Clapton, Michael Buble, Simply Red etc. from Warner / Gallo.
> The Cape Town leg of the festival runs from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August at the Labia Theatre and tickets can be booked at (booking fee applies) or call the Labia on 021 424 5937 to reserve.
All drinks from the bar can be taken into the cinema.
> The Johannesburg chapter from 1 – 2 August will feature selections from the main event and screen at  The Bioscope Independent Cinema – see their schedule & booking details here:
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6:15pm – ART’S NOT DEAD – The Movie
8:30pm – SOAKED IN BLEACH (+ live unplugged Nirvana songs)
CAPE TOWN LINE-UP INFO (not in screening order) :
Friday 31 July, 8:30pm
The Death Of An Icon Comes To Life
Soaked In Bleach reveals the events behind Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband only days before his deceased body was found at their Seattle home. 
Cobain’s death shocked the world and music industry, and was ruled a suicide by the police (a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for twenty years as to the legitimacy of this ruling, especially due to the work of Mr. Grant, a former L.A. County Sheriff’s detective, who did his own investigation and determined there was significant empirical and circumstantial evidence to conclude that foul play could very well have occurred. 
The film develops as a narrative mystery with cinematic re-creations, interviews with key experts and witnesses and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.
The screening will be preceded by live unplugged Nirvana performances, from local artists including Kevin Rule ( WITH DAWN, V.O.L) and A Murder (more may be confirmed). 
Sunday 2 August, 8:30pm
A Gypsy Punk Documentary
Get fired up with this documentary, or introduced to Goglo Bordello if you don’t know them, a week before they hit our shores for live performances at One Night In The City and Oppi Koppi.
This is a vibrant chronicle of one of today’s most notorious and revered live bands, Gogol Bordello, and front man Eugene Hütz’s gypsy-punk Ukrainian immigrant. Filmmaker Margarita Jimeno tracks their raucous gigs from 2001 to 2007, from NYC to Italy, as the band rises from dingy basements to international main-stages, from underground legends to international rock stars, the music non-stop.
Expect ticket give-away (courtesy Hilltop Live) for One Night In Cape Town (a week after Sound On Screen), where Gogol Bordello and other acts will perform live!
Saturday 1 August, 6:15pm
Kom Tjek A Real Movie!
If you missed this on its release, catch it in the cinema before it hits DVD!
Stone Cold Jane Austen is a local comedy about an English rock band from South Africa trying to break in to the profitable Afrikaans music market… without even being able to speak the language!
Never before seen alternate scenes will be screened and the makers will be attending to chat with the audience afterwards!
Starring: Rob Van Vuuren as Karel, Jon Savage as Johnny, Kurt Schoonraad as a kak cop.
The film also features SA music royalty : 
Kurt Darren, FokofpolisiekarJack Parow, Randall (from Idols), Die Heuwels FantastiesChris ChameleonArno Carstens MusicThe Parlotones, aKing and a kak load more.
“Instant cult classic. Hilarious!” – Carl Booysen
8:30pm, Saturday 1 August
Growing Up Is Hard As Rock – Growing Old Is Harder…
This is the story about a boy who wanted to be a monster, leading to the creation of his own persona and his heavy metal band LORDI. Tomi Putaansuu created its fantasy world as a child and still, approaching middle age, lives for the band. Now five years have passed since their Eurovision Song Contest trophy, the first one ever for Finland. The band have debts of hundreds of thousands euros and even with that big international breakthrough, the public has cooled towards them and even finding gigs seem to be a battle. With band member deaths and quitting the band, things seem tougher than ever… 
MONSTERMAN is an exciting and moving real-life dramatic story about keeping your dreams alive after the rise and fall.
Sunday 2 August, 6:15pm
The 10 Year Odyssey To Overnight Success
A decade before their mid-’80s “Stay Hungry” album (with hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”) took the world by storm, legendary glam / shock rock / metal band Twisted Sister were rule breakers that no record company wanted to touch. While the biggest band in the Tri-State area, their image scared off record companies and break-out success kept eluding them even when selling out huge venues 5 nights a week. This eye-opening documentary tells this amazing story with full details from all the band members and those who were there across that tough and crazy decade of fighting for their music.
Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While Punk and New Wave took over New York City, Twisted Sister was battling their way to the top of a working class, suburban, cover-band bar scene – surrounding New York, yet existing in a parallel world. At its peak were monster clubs, packing in audiences of up to 5000 a night – both a great living and a dead end, offering little future outside the suburban enclave. 
That Twisted Sister would break out into multi-platinum stardom is well known, but this is no fable of fame and success, no litany of celebrity tributes and fanboy adulation. Rather a smart, savvy and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success. 
Sunday 2 August, 4:00pm
There’s Theme Everywhere – There’s Colour Everywhere! 
ECCENTRIC ECLECTIC is a fantastic documentary journey to the Canadian Electric Eclectics festival of experimental music and sound art, hosted by the colourful owners of a tranquil, green covered piece of land far away from civilization.
A fascinating exploration of audio adventurists, with a vast array of characters, from the sound artists to those attending.
Discover a new way of looking at sound.
Friday 31 July, 6:15pm
[ Pre- and post audience discussions by the makers and participants ]
Art’s Not Dead is a unique documentary-style music film by Anton Marshall, capturing the “retirement” of a young Cape Town musician from his various bands and the music scene. In October 2010 drummer Artur Pereira announces that he is quitting music altogether, leaving his four bands in the process. As the bands prepare for a final farewell show, friends and band colleagues reflect on how he has impacted their lives and their music. The film offers a genuine insight into the relationships not only between band members, but between bands and their intertwined histories, and how one musician’s actions reflect the greater sentiment of much of Cape Town’s talented underground music community. The film also features live performances by Cape Town bands Coal, Andy Lund and the Mission Men, V.O.L., Three More White Guys and more… 
Featuring: Artur Pereira / Anton Marshall (Three Bored White Guys, Three More White Guys) / Andy Lund (Mission Men, Roswell Kings) / Sean Ou Tim – (Mr Sakitumi, The Makabra Ensemble, Max Normal, Closet Snare, Battery 9) / George Bacon Hog Hoggidy Hog) / Sean Wienand (Headline Artists, Mercury Live) / Helen Westcott (Coal, I, Villain) / Kevin Rule (VOL, With Dawn) / Steve Smith (Three More White Guys, The Sunday Family) / Adam Hill (The Sleepers) / Nicolai Roos (The Sleepers) / Steven Gary Jacobsen (The Sleepers) 
Also performance appearances from George van der Spuy Taxi Violence), Joshua Grierson, and others.
Saturday 1 August, 4:00pm
Do you know what real R&B is?
[ Producer / Director Steven Morris will fly in from Canada to attend for an audience Q&A – tbc ] 
Vann “Piano Man” Walls: The Spirit of R&B is a film for anyone curious about the origins of Rhythm and Blues. Vann “Piano Man” Walls was one of its pioneers. We follow Vann, and several of his peers, including musicians Dr. John, (Buena Vista Social Club producer) Ry Cooder, Ruth Brown, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, legendary record producer Jerry Wexler and more as we wade through his adventure of musical history and performance. 
From New York City to Montreal the viewer takes an intimate voyage into the studio as Vann produces the final album of a career that spanned more than 65 years(!). Wrapped around this recording project is the story of his fascinating life and his lasting contribution to a musical form now heard all over the world.
With Vann “Piano Man” Walls, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Ruth Brown, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Smokey Robinson, Craig Morrison, ‘Big’ Joe Burrell, Stephen Barry Band, Michael Jerome Brown, Howell Begle.
See you there!
The Sound On Screen Team
Official site:
or call 021 424 5927
All Flamedrop festival links: 
31 July – 2 August
Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town

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