The Miami International Film Festival starts this weekend, and if you missed Miami New Times' guide to the event, click here. Of more immediate interest to Crossfade readers, though, is the fest's selection of music movies. Here they are. For complete screening and ticket details, visit miamifilmfestival.com.
East Coast Premiere a film by Bahman Ghobadi (Iran, 101 min., 2009) Farsi with English subtitles This winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival follows the struggle of two teenagers trying to form a band in Tehran's outlawed underground indie rock scene. They aim to secure visas to perform in London. It's a biting expose of the myriad of social and economic restrictions facing Iran music fans.
Screenings: Monday, March 8, 9:30 pm (Regal South Beach); Friday, March 12, 7:15 pm (Tower Theater)
Most fans of local music have heard of the Spam Allstar at the very least. But their unique blend of Miami funk mixed with hip-hop and Latin music needs to be seen live to really appreciate the improvisational electronic elements, turntables and energy. This documentary chronicles DJ Le Spam and the gang at a notorious weekly club night in Miami's Little Havana called "Fuacata!" Director Orth is based here in Miami and is scheduled to attend the festival.
Screenings: Thursday, March 11, 9:00 pm (Tower Theatre); Sunday, March 14, 7:00 pm (Regal South Beach)