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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
US 2021, 110 min Director Todd Haynes
They were the downtown NYC group that doubled as the missing link between John Cage, Rimbaud, and the Brill Building; the in-house band for Warhol’s Factory happenings; and the leather-jacketed, sexuality-blurring rock stars that inspired generations of musicians to pick up droning guitars. Who better to pay tribute to the Velvet Underground than Todd Haynes (MVFF Tribute, 2017)? The filmmaker who gave us an abundance of Dylans in I’m Not There (MVFF 2007) and the glam-rock freak out Velvet Goldmine turns his attention to the V.U. in his first documentary, charting everything from Lou Reed and John Cale’s early musical collaborations to the group’s early-’70s dissolution. It’s a trove of rare performance clips, vintage experimental-movie snippets, and new interviews—as much a portrait of an era as of a band, told in the style of the avant-garde filmmaking that fueled the Velvets’ moment in the spotlight and secured their status as world-renowned countercultural icons. –David Fear
Sunday, Oct 17, 12:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
In 1987, Todd Haynes (MVFF Tribute 2017) made a short, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, and went on to make music the theme of several more films, paying homage to glam rock in Velvet Goldmine (1998), exploring the enigma of Bob Dylan in I’m Not There (MVFF 2007), and now documenting The Factory house band in The Velvet Underground. Among his other films are Poison (1987); Safe (1995); Far from Heaven (2002), for which he received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar® nomination; Carol (2015); Wonderstruck (MVFF 2017); and Dark Waters (2019).
|PRODUCERS:||David Blackman, Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman, Todd Haynes, Carolyn Hepburn, Christine Vachon|