29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th - 16th July 2017
The Fleadh was founded with something of a fiercely independent, rock n’ roll attitude at its core. And so, it’s with a great sense of excitement that we present this year’s selection of music cinema featuring some of the most fearlessly independent spirits in music.
Executive-produced by Martin Scorsese, Long Strange Trip is THE definitive Grateful Dead documentary. At three hours and 58 minutes, it has the “sprawl and generosity of a classic Dead show”. Amir Bar-Lev’s epic chronicle is likely to convert agnostics and newcomers alike with its warm, insightful look at one of America’s greatest and most enduring bands. At the other end of the sonic spectrum we find Whitney: Can I Be Me, an emotional testament to Whitney Huston, a once-in-a-generation voice and one of the most tragic public figures that popular entertainment has ever known. Inertia Variations follows Matt Johnson of THE THE, who has remained silent as a singer/songwriter for 15 years. Now, a new song request for his 12-hour shortwave radio broadcast reveals old demons.
Narrated by Stevie Van Zandt, Bang! The Bert Berns Story, follows the most important ‘60s songwriter and producer that you’ve never heard of. He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond, and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Monterey Pop is a 50th anniversary restoration of the landmark 1968 concert film, featuring career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel and more.
And closing our set we have The Man from Mo’Wax – a pulsating documentary charting the extraordinary life and career of underground DJ icon, music producer and global trip-hop mogul, James Lavelle (UNKLE). Starring DJ Shadow, 3D of Massive Attack, Futura, Ian Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Josh Homme.