Noise Pop 2011 -- The Films: Arcade Fire, Feist, José González, the Making of Noise Pop, and More

Categories: Film, Noise Pop
The Flaming Lips in This Is Noise Pop
S.F.'s annual Noise Pop Festival is mostly known for bringing a week of awesome indie music shows to the city. But the fest usually pulls in a pretty good selection of new films for music nerds -- and this year is no exception.

With film subjects including the shadowy folk singer José González, Canadian singer/MC Chilly Gonzales, the universally loved Arcade Fire, and the Bay Area premiere of a documentary starring Brazilian pop legend Tom Zé, it's pretty darn likely you'll find something worth watching.

From Wednesday, February 23 to Sunday, February 27, Noise Pop will hold two official movie screenings a day (excluding Saturday) in various city theaters including the Roxie, Viz Cinema, and Artists' Television Access.

Here's a quick rundown of the eight films showing at this year's Noise Pop:

Wednesday February 23

This Is Noise Pop (World Premiere): A documentary featuring live and behind-the-scenes footage of bands performing at Noise Pop. Stephen Malkmus, The National, Death Cab for Cutie, Guided By Voices, and Beulah are all featured.

The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González: Directors Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand play around with various formats and styles as they document the creation of the secretive José González's second album, In Our Nature

Thursday, February 24

Look at What the Light Did Now: This one is about Feist's second album The Reminder and everything that went into it -- recording, performing, shooting videos, etc.

The Family Jams: A Kevin Barker documentary following Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver on tour in 2004 when they were all still San Francisco-based and on the verge of success.

Friday February 25

Pool Party: A documentary on Brooklyn's now-defunct McCarren Pool and it's storied lineups of summer shows, inclding Aesop Rock, The Black Lips, M.I.A., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Yo La Tengo.

Tom Zé: Astronauta Libertado: An intimate look at the pioneering Brazilian musician Tom Zé and his career of going against the grain.

Sunday, February 27

Ivory Tower: Chilly Gonzales stars in a drama about two brothers engaged in a chess rivalry and one sibling's quest to discover 'Jazz Chess.' Tiga, Feist, and Peaches also appear. Chilly Gonzales and Boys Noize contribute to the soundtrack.

Mirror Noir - Neon Bible Archives: Vincent Morisset and Vincent Moon offer up an all-access look at the creation and subsequent tour for Arcade Fire's second album Neon Bible, which propelled the band from critical acclaim to stardom.

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