Properties of Sound: Nine Musically Inclined Films
Introducing eight features and one short from our Music on Screen Series, Documentary Series and Shorts Series, all with musical inclinations.
From the pounding drums of movie soundtracks to the soulful crooning of a singer on a dive bar stage, music accompanies us through all the journeys of our lives. It ebbs and flows, it intimidates and it motivates, and it conveys entire character arcs without having to utter a single word.
From chance meetings that lead to decades-long collaborations, to legendary road trips to play the perfect gig, to the behind-the-scenes lore of legends that influenced entire generations of musicians, these are the stories of the stories inside the music itself.
BAD REPUTATION, directed by Kevin Kerslake
A raucous journey through Joan Jett's life and career, from her early years as founder of "The Runaways,” her first collaborations with Kenny Laguna, and ultimately, to her status as rock and roll icon. Watch the trailer
BACHMAN, directed by John Barnard
Follow the five-decade story of legendary Canadian rocker Randy Bachman, from his early days in The Guess Who through his iconic solo career. Learn more
HEAVY TRIP, directed by Jukka Vidgreen and Juuso Laatio
Finnish heavy metal rockers Impaled Rektum make their way to a Norwegian music festival in order to get over their fears and play the best gig of their lives. Watch the trailer
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT - THE STORY OF WAX TRAX! RECORDS, directed by Julia Nash
Legendary store and label Wax Trax! Records expands from its humble Denver beginnings, bringing bands like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry to the forefront of music along the way. Watch the trailer
SATAN & ADAM, directed by V. Scott Balcerek
Against the backdrop of racial violence in 1968 Harlem, a young Jewish harmonica player and a grizzled Mississippi bluesman meet on the streets... this is the story of the music they've made for decades. Shot over 30 years, the film also features U2's THE EDGE. Watch the trailer
UP TO SNUFF, directed by Mark Maxey
Friends and fans of former rocker W.G. "Snuffy" Walden talk about his impact, influence, and his ability to compose countless theme songs for television over the years. The film features luminaries including Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Fred Savage, Marshall Herskovitz, Steve Lukather, Chaka Khan and more. Watch the trailer
UNLOVABLE, directed by Suzi Yoonessi
A sex- and love-addicted woman learns about intimacy when she starts making music with a very reclusive man. John Hawkes (of 2018 Calgary Film selection, SMALL TOWN CRIME) composed the music, an essential part of the plot. Watch the trailer
LOVE, SCOTT, directed by Laura Marie Wayne
Following the journey of a young gay musician who is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down, LOVE, SCOTT is an intimate and visually evocative window into queer experience, set against a stunning score by Sigur Rós. Director Laura Marie Wayne originally hails from Calgary. Watch the trailer
THREE PAGES, directed by Roger Gariépy
Martin, an unassuming middle-aged accountant, learns he has only weeks to live and finds a new determination to learn the three pages of a Bach adagio for piano he’d abandoned as a child. This short will screen as part of our shorts package, A Light that Never Goes Out. Learn more
Our full lineup has now been announced, including our Opening and Closing Gala selections. Early bird pricing has now ended, but bundles, passes, and single tickets for every screening are now available for purchase!