Home Page of Lakeshore Record Exchange's Alternative Music Film Society
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. Teaming up with the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, The AMFS screens a music themed movie every month. Here's our current schedule of upcoming films. Tickets for each screening go on sale at the gallery on the night of the show.
Friday November 15th at 7pm 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.
Saturday December 14th at 7pm Marley
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.
May 10th 2013 with 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. Check out and Discuss.
Saturday June 15th at 8:00 pm 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.
Friday July 19th at 8:00 pm Color 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.
Friday August 16th at 7:00 pm Glastonbury 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.
Thursday September 12th at 7pm The Talking Heads Live in Roma 1980
On December 18, 1980 the touring version of the Talking Heads featuring stunt guitarist Adrian and the groups Afro-Funk Orchestra lineup. Talking Heads Live in Roma 1980 shows Belew delivering a fantastic performance at Palaeur Arena in Rome that was filmed for broadcast on Italian TV. Taking place just two months after the release of Remain In Light, that night’s set was heavy on material from that album and specifically songs that don't appear in the film Stop Making Sense such as Born Under Punches, Crosseyed and Painless, I Zimbra, Drugs, Houses in Motion and The Great Curve. Using multiple cameras and a masterful director, who really enjoyed airing shots of bassist Tina Weymouth shaking her butt, the resulting footage is must-see for any Talking Heads fan.
Friday October 18th at 7pm Daft 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