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The Alternative Music Film Society

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In an effort to help promote the vast library of music performance and documentary films that rarely get screened in movie theaters, The Lakeshore Record Exchange has founded the Alternative Music Film Society. Partnering with the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, The AMFS screens a music themed movie every month, for FREE!.

We'd like to say a Huge Thank You to Art House Press for the feature story they did on The Alternative Music Film Society. 

For more information on the event, please visit Lakeshore Record Exchange at 370 Park Ave. or call 585-244-8476 or call the MAG Events Office, at 585-276-8950 or email at events@mag.rochester.edu or visit at 500 University Ave. Details about our screenings are available on our Facebook Event Page.

Join us Thursday December 17th for our FREE screening of

The Damned : Don't You Wish That We Were Dead
I Dream of Wires Documentary

The Damned : Don't You Wish That We Were Dead. From "Lemmy" filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. "THE DAMNED: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead" includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns 'N' Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band's complex history and infighting. It captures the band as it celebrated its 35th anniversary with a world tour and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while other former members battled cancer.

Previous screenings by the AMFS include

I Dream OF Wires : The Modular Synthesizer Documentray
I Dream of Wires Documentary

I Dream of Wires is a documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer.

Exploring the synthesizer's history, the film reveals how innovators like Robert Moog developed the first room-sized prototypes.

Musicians including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Carl Craig, Morton Subotnick and Vince Clarke (Erasure) talk about their passion for the modular synthesizer, and how it influences their music, while new EDM artists including Clark, James Holden and Factory Floor discuss why they've embraced its sound and physicality. Innovative companies including Modcan and Doepfer reveal how they planted the seeds that have now grown into a major cottage industry.

The Decline of Western Civilization I : A Documentary By Penelope Spheeris
Can't Stand Losing You : Surviving the Police doucumentrayFeaturing Live performances by X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, Catholic Discipline, Germs and Alice Bag Band. Their message is brutally clear: Destroy the old and make way for the new. This is the punk's violent revolution; Their lawless world. This is THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A Riveting, unflinching account of the punk rock phenomenon and its alienated, reactionary subculture. This fierce, bleak portrait documents L.A.'s infamous punk bands as they perform on stage and discuss their lives, music and philosophy off stage. Through interviews with punk fans, music critics and club owners, it is a crucial, compelling statement of the most significant and influential youth movementand musical transformation of the past 3 decades. It is perhaps a prophetic glimpse of the forces that will inherit our world.... Witness THE DECLINE.

Depeche Mode - Live in Berlin : A Film By Anton Corbijn
Can't Stand Losing You : Surviving the Police doucumentrayRecorded in Berlin on 25 and 27 November 2013 during the band's Delta Machine Tour. Anton Corbijn released a statement about the movie. "Alive in Berlin is a record of Depeche Mode visiting Berlin for two concerts and the impact it has on fans following the band," he said. "Berlin has a special place in the hearts of Depeche Mode. Likewise, Depeche Mode has a strong following in the German capital and the film tries to capture the highlights of these concerts as well as that special connection through interviews with fans and bands alike".

Cant Stand Losing You : Surviving the Police
Can't Stand Losing You : Surviving the Police doucumentray
Based on the acclaimed memoir One Train Later by rock guitarist Andy Summers, Can’t Stand Losing You : Surviving the Police follows Summers' journey from his early days in the psychedelic ‘60s music scene, when he played with The Animals, to chance encounters with drummer Stewart Copeland and bassist Sting, which led to the formation of a punk trio, The Police. During the band’s phenomenal rise and its dissolution at the height of their popularity in the mid-80s, Summers captured history with his candid photographs.
Utilizing rare archival footage and insights from the guitarist’s side of the stage, Can't Stand Losing You : Surviving the Police brings together past and present as the band members reunite, more than two decades later, for a global reunion tour in 2007.Previous Screening Highlights

Genesis : Sum of the Parts

"Sum Of The Parts” is the official authorized story of Genesis made with the full co-operation of the band members. As seen on SHOWTIME, It tells of the band’s formation at Charterhouse (where Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford were all pupils) in the late sixties and the release of their debut album “From Genesis To Revelation”. The story then moves on through the departure of founder member Anthony Phillips and the arrival of Phil Collins and Steve Hackett in 1970 to form the 5-man line-up that established the band’s career with albums such as “Foxtrot” and “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”. Peter Gabriel’s departure in 1975 and then Steve Hackett’s in 1977 led to the release of the album “And Then There Were Three…” and a move towards shorter, more immediate songs. The eighties and nineties were triumphant decades for Genesis with hugely successful hit albums and singles around the world such as “Genesis”, “Invisible Touch” and “We Can’t Dance”. At the same time as they were recording and performing with Genesis, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford (as Mike & The Mechanics) were all enjoying successful solo careers, as were departed members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett. “Sum Of The Parts” explores the dynamics of the group that has enabled them to survive changes of line-up, see their musical direction steadily evolve and maintain both group and solo careers along with their enduring popularity as evidenced by their hugely successful 2007 reunion tour.

Records Collecting Dust : Music and Records That Changed Our Lives

A documentary film about the music and records that changed our lives! Written and directed by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore, Records Collecting Dust documents the vinyl record collections, origins and holy grails of alternative music icons Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Keith Morris (Black Flag & Circle Jerks), John Reis (Rocket From The Crypt) and over thirty underground music comrades.

Life Death & Supermarkets : A Film About Pulp

Sheffield, 1988, ‘The Day That Never Happened’. Following a disastrous farewell show in their hometown, PULP move to London in search of success. They find fame on the world stage in the 1990s with anthems including ‘Common People’, ‘Disco 2000’ and 'Babies'. In 2012 they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert: what could go wrong?
Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality - & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring people recruited on the streets of Sheffield.

Adam Ant The Blueblack Hussar

Adam Ant The Blueblack Hussar filmAdam Ant The Blueblack Hussar : A Film by Jack Bond. In the 1980s, the iconic pop star, Adam Ant, was at the height of his fame, universally recognized by the white stripe painted across his face and the striking imagery of Prince Charming and The Dandy Highwayman. Then tragedy struck and after a nervous breakdown, he found himself sectioned, locked up, forcibly sedated; living in a state of artistic oblivion.
This is the story of his brave return from exile.

Urgh! A Music War
Music WarWith the long lost classic "New Wave" concert film Urgh ! A Music War. Filmed in venues all over America and Europe in 1980 the film feature rare live performances from XTC, The Gang of Four, The Dead Kennedys, Devo, The Police, Pere Ubu, The Go Gos, The Cramps and 26 other bands.


Joy DIvision

Joy Division

A 2007 British documentary film on the British post-punk band 
Joy Division, directed by Grant Gee.The film assembles TV clips, newsreel, pictures of modern Manchester and Manchester in the late 1970s, along with interviews with the three surviving members of the group, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Pete Shelley (of Buzzcocks), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle), Alan Hempsall (of Crispy Ambulance), Paul Morley, Terry Mason, Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, and Belgian journalist Annik Honoré, with whom Curtis was having an affair.

The Replacements - Color Me Obsessed

ReplacementsColor Me Obsessed : A Film About the Replacements. For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between.

Glastonbury The Movie : In Flashback

GlastonburyGlastonbury The Movie : In Flashback. Beautifully shot in both CinemaScope and 16mm this film puts audiences right in the middle of the world's greatest music festival. Robin Mahoney, the film's director, has recreated the original 1995 film from scratch, moving sequences around, improving the sound and visuals and adding on over thirty minutes of compelling unseen material. Featuring rare live performances by the Orb, Spiritualized, The Verve, Lemonheads, Porno for Pyros and many more.


Daft Punk's ElectromaDaft Punk's Electroma

Daft Punk's Electroma is an odyssey of two robots who journey across a mythic American landscape of haunting, surreal beauty on a quest to become human. Their symbolic quest, which takes them from endless two lane highways to small idyllic towns to the arid desert, finds Daft Punk once again resisting conformity and developing new ways to highlight their inventive vision. A silent feature-length film that made its international debut at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Electroma will interest Daft Punk fans and film enthusiasts alike. With its breathtaking cinematography, innovative filming techniques, and above all its underlying search for humanity within a dystopian environment, Daft Punk have delivered a film that finds a common thread with their previous work while exploring new horizons as directors of their first feature film

The National - A Skin, A Night

The National A Skin, A Night

The National : A Skin A Night. Seeking the right lyrics, notes, sounds, instruments to express yourself is not easy. It's even harder if a whole group of artists is looking into a sea of good ideas. A communion with the spectator is going to appear. The National is a band from New York that runs away from everything to create a new album. This creation was shot by the French artist Vincent Moon in a film called A skin, A Night. The story of this band starts inside the studio. During the first steps the director follows The National as they create the new songs while searching for a new kind of sound. The film shows how one of New York's bands works also dark places in the artist's heart and soul. You will see the creative process: how they work, how it grows from a simple guitar riff to a whole song. A Skin, A Night is about music, creation and external things that an artist absorbs before he goes inside the studio also how it affects the result. Away from all distractions in order to leave the ideas coming together back and forward. A Skin, A night is a ticket to follow "The National" on a long journey that ends with the release of their last album "Boxer". It's about the questions they are asking themselves during these sessions. It was the first time they work this way, all together, in the same studio, with everybody giving ideas and opinions. You will see how they feel while recording this way. This film will make you see through the eyes of the band and understand what made them to create this album this way. But this is not only about The National, it's also about how difficult it is for any artist or any band to be themselves.

Marley : A Film by Kevin MacDonald

Marley : A Film By Kevin MacDonald. Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. The definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super-stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, there is rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

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