The sixth annual CMW Film Fest takes its residence at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for three days – March 21 – 23, 2013 – during Toronto’s entertainment festival and conference, Canadian Music Week. Presented by Tribute Entertainment, this year’s festival casts a light on some of music’s unsung heroes, goes behind the scenes with a revealing look into touring and Toronto’s 70’s punk and new wave explosion, and takes a comedic turn with a sci-fi musical and the sneak preview of Harmony Korine’s latest and soon to be released, Spring Breakers.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
7:00 p.m. – AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM
83 minutes | USA
Director: Jacob Hatley
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival
Filmed during the final years of his life, Ain’t In It For My Health sees Levon Helm forced to confront the dark times that have haunted him since The Band’s demise: throat cancer, bankruptcy, drug addiction and the tragic loss of band mates Richard Manuel and Rick Danko.
9:15 p.m. – SPRING BREAKERS
92 minutes | U.S.A.
Director: Harmony Korine
Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and Gucci Mane
SPRING BREAK FOREVER!!! Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine star as a group of best friends who are willing to do anything (including robbing a fast food joint at gunpoint) to get to Spring Break. But when they get there and meet local thug, Alien (James Franco), things get crazier than they could have ever imagined.
Distributed by VVS Films
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
7:00 p.m. – WHO THE !@#$ IS ARTHUR FOGEL?
93 minutes | Canada
Director: Ron Chapman
Arthur Fogel rose through the ranks of the concert promotions business in Canada to become the most successful international tour producer in the world. As CEO of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music for Live Nation, he is also, , the most trusted man in music. With his personal, “hands-on” approach and masterful knowledge of world touring, Fogel has overseen the most profitable mega-tours in history, building lucrative partnerships with an elite group of artists including Madonna, U2, Sting, David Bowie, Neil Young, and Lady Gaga.
Raw, uncensored, revealing, Who the !@#$ is Arthur Fogel? is the insider story of today’s multi-billion dollar pop music industry that is struggling to survive the meteor-like impact of massive technological change that has affected it like no other business on Earth… and one man who is trying to save it.
*Arthur Fogel will be participating in a keynote interview earlier the same day at Canadian Music Week, Friday March 22, 2:55 p.m., at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.
9:15 p.m. – THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK
86 minutes | U.S.A.
Director: John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker
Cast: Jay Klaitz, Nils d’Aulaire, Julie Ann Emery, April Hernandez Castillo, Onata Aprile, and Dee Snider
A crowd-pleasing sci-fi musical comedy about two alien soldiers sent to Earth to wipe out the human race, but have a difficult time completing their missions after they hear the Earth creation, ‘Music’.
Co-presented with Toronto After Dark Film Festival
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
12:30 p.m. – THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN
204 minutes | Canada
Directors: Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts
A history of the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new wave music, from when the Ramones played in ‘76 through to when the cops gave Teenage Head the boot at “The Last Pogo” concert in December, 1978.
*Filmmakers will be in attendance.
5:15 p.m. – APOCALYPSE: A BILL CALLAHAN TOUR FILM
61 min | USA
Director: Hanly Banks
Official Selection: Leeds Film Festival, Don’t Knock the Rock Film Festival
“I think when I’m performing live, it’s really just the realest me there is,” says Bill Callahan (Smog) in this wonderful tour film that features intimate interviews and performances from the notoriously private Callahan’s 2011 tour.
10 minutes | Canada
Director: Kyle Armstrong
Official Selection: AFI Film Festival, Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
A short documentary contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba. The film features an original score by Jim O’Rourke, a voice-over by Will Oldham and likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.
7:00 p.m. – BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC
104 minutes | USA
Directors: Benjamen Logan and Mandy Stein
Official Selection: SXSW Film Fest, Silverdocs, Seattle International Film Festival
The Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. Despite the troubles of an eccentric front man they’ve stayed together for 30 years without reaching the level of success many think they deserve. Bad Brains: A Band in DC re-constructs Bad Brains’ rich and complicated history.
9:15 p.m. – BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME
112 minutes | USA
Director: Drew DeNicola
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival, Doc NYC, IDFA
Winner: Best Documentary Feature – Indie Memphis Film Festival
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me tells the incredible story of the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
Featuring never before seen footage and photos, in-depth interviews and tributes from bands they inspired (REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith, and The Flaming Lips), the film tells the whole Big Star story for the first time. For new fans or old, this is an essential document of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon.