From the 1960s to the 1980s, the rock radio DJ played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four disc jockeys in major markets (inc Seattle and Toronto) during this period: their programming, their politics and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now - and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed? Featuring the music of The Ramones, Joni Mitchell, Rush, David Bowie, The Cars, The Sonics and more.
"One of the screen’s great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s, hit Italy like a comic thunderbolt when it was released there in 1953 — and it struck the American art-house audience in much the same way when it premiered here in 1956. Now it returns, and unlike its five aging-boy protagonists, Fellini’s movie hasn’t lost its first youth." Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
w. Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi
Phil Grabsky’s latest Exhibition on Film entry captures some of the world’s most famous paintings in stunning high definition as well as interweaving the incredible story of Paul Durand-Ruel and the extraordinary lengths he went to make Impressionism a household name.
Following on from his explorations of Beethoven, Mozart and others, Phil Grabsky investigates the life and work of the great Russian composer. "Told mostly through letters sent by the Polish wunderkind (many to or about the love of his life, britches-wearing novelist Georges Sand), the intensely piano-centred film features astute comments and even better illustrations from the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes." Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight
Filmmaker in attendance
In this all-star comedy, the lovers and offspring of Italy’s most popular movie star (and most prolific ladies’ man) gather in his hometown on the 10th anniversary of his passing to piece together the puzzle of his life.
With: Francesco Scianna, Virna Lisi, Marisa Paredes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Opening Gala ticket ($25) includes a buffet courtesy of the Italian Cultural Centre, live music, complimentary glass of wine and first look at an exhibition of photographs from the making of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s classic, The Arabian Nights (screening in the festival, Saturday night).
Doors are at 5.45, the film is at 7.15, and check out our special double bill price if you would like to stay for Fellini’s marvellous I Vitelloni, which screens from 9.30.