Tonight at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax: The great Don't Knock the Rock series will present It Came from Detroit, a documentary about the Motor City's garage rock scene. The new film traces the rise of the raw, in-yr-face sound generated by a bunch of delinquents like the Gories, Demolition Dollrods, White Stripes, Von Bondies, etc. who were hellbent on speed, distortion and denim.
The film is another in the fantastic Don't Knock the Rock series of films curated by co-founder/director Allison Anders and co-founder/director/musician/daughter Tiffany Anders. The mission: to present "a high-energy festival dedicated to the love, lust and mania of all pop, rock and roots film and music; its films contain quintessential music performances and vintage footage of important artists in their prime."
The Marquis of Ceremonies? That would be Michael Des Barres. The evening will also feature a Q&A with It Came from Detroit director James R. Petix, as well.
Check the full listing of upcoming Don't Knock the Rock presentations here.
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We're looking forward to the BMI roundtable on August 1 called "Music in Film, TV and New Media 09," which will feature a conversation between Anders and various songwriters, music supervisors and music publishers. Don't Knock the Rock will feature weekly films through August, including profiles of Wesley Willis, Bruce Haack, the Fleshtones and the classic 1980s TV music show Night Flight, as well as I Need that Record, a doc about the plight of independent record stores.