Farmington-Hills based nonprofit organization KickstART Farmington and the Greater Farmington Film Festival announce a fall film series at the Farmington Civic Theater. The series is sponsored by School of Rock Farmington, with support from Thistle Rose Academy of Arts.
Love in the Songs: Music + Movies is a series of three films documenting the power of music in our lives. The movies include:
Amazing Grace – Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
“When Aretha Franklin sits down at the piano and begins belting out the opening verse to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Wholy Holy,’ it’s maybe three or four notes before the tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand up at attention. They’ll stay that way for the next 80 minutes, as you realize you’re witnessing the performance of a lifetime. Amazing Grace is a documentary chronicle of the two nights in 1972 that the Queen of Soul spent recording her landmark live gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Calif. It’s an astounding cinematic experience — elevational and ecstatic … This is a miracle of a movie, and it’s a miracle we get to see it at all.”
— Sean Burns
May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers – Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s award-winning May it Last is an intimate portrait of The Avett Brothers, charting the acclaimed North Carolina band’s decade-and-a-half rise while chronicling their collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the multi-Grammy-nominated album True Sadness, released on American Recordings/Republic Records. With the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong bond and unique creative partnership as band members experience marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness and the challenges of the music business. More than just a music documentary, May it Last is a meditation on family, love and the passage of time.
Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury – Nov. 13, 7 pm.
The film follows the path of Luxury, a band from small-town Georgia, who, on the cusp of success, suffers a devastating touring wreck with long-term consequences. In the intervening years, they continue to make records and three members of the band become Eastern Orthodox priests. Through interviews and archival footage, Parallel Love tells the gripping and poignant story of Luxury and documents the making of a new record, now as priests.
Tickets are $6 each and available at the door or save over 15 percent by purchasing a $15 series pass for all three films. Tickets are available in advance at https://kickstartfarmington.org/2019/08/14/love-in-the-songs-music-movies/.