Bonnaroo Cinema is back! An air-conditioned, fully-seated, digital movie oasis, this is the place to experience exciting new independent films, soul-stirring documentaries, sing-along and quote-along cult comedy classics and interactions with special guests. Programming runs deep into the night throughout the weekend and featured live Q&A sessions with special guest filmmakers, and one-of-a-kind performances with musicians and comedians.
SAUSAGE PARTY, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek. Directed by Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan. Screenplay by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir from a story by Rogen, Goldberg and Jonah Hill.
Judd Apatow is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (co-written with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This is 40, and his producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. Apatow is the executive producer of HBO’s Girls and the co-creator of Love on Netflix. He was also the executive producer of Freaks and Geeks. His latest film is Trainwreck. After a 20 year hiatus, Apatow recently returned to the stand up strage, performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and at Carnegie Hall. Join Apatow in the Bonnaroo Cinema for an afternoon of rare clips and Q&A.
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
Del Close is not a household name. But from Bill Murray to Amy Poehler, some of the most famous comedians consider him their mentor. Fifteen years after Close’s death, thousands of devout followers (both famous and unknown) gather to celebrate modern comedy's most important person that no one knows.
Few names are as synonymous with improv as Matt Besser. Founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a regular performer in the world-famous show Asssscat, Matt has brought his talents to Earwolf with improv4humans, a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe. For this show, Besser will be joined by two of the show’s MVPs, Beth Stelling and Mary Holland.
NERDLAND is the story of two best friends, aspiring screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) and aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd), whose dreams of super-stardom have fizzled. With their 30th birthdays looming and their desperation growing, John and Elliot decide that in this 24/7, celebrity-obsessed world of over-shared navel- gazing, there are more ways to become famous – or infamous - than ever before. So, why not become famous TODAY? NERDLAND is that day. Making up for what they lack in brains and talent with abundant, witless enthusiasm, John and Elliot troll Los Angeles on a fame-seeking journey, encountering and abusing friends both new and old. Navigating their hyper- stimulating landscape of consumerism gone wild, our two consumers want desperately to be consumed – and they will have their FAME, at any cost.
Wrecked is a new comedy about a bunch of nobodies who get stranded on a desert island and all hell breaks loose. Get ready to #GetWrecked, crash-landing on TBS June 14th at 10/9c.
From executive producers of Nancy, this is the cop show you never knew you were waiting for. The series follows a squad of committed LAPD detectives who investigate the most serious cases, from the murder of a ventriloquist to a rash of baker suicides. Rashida Jones is Angie Tribeca in #AngieTribeca. Season 2 coming THIS JUNE to TBS.
A dark comedy about a group of four self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. Led by Alia Shawkat, the cast of Search Party features John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner.
These three amigos are down on their luck and up to their necks in senoritas, margaritas, banditos and bullets. As 'Ned', 'Lucky Day' and 'Dusty Bottoms' attempt to act their way out of a serious situation, you can quote along with your favorite lines and play along with a plethora of props. So throw on your best mariachi outfit, prepare your singing voice for "My Little Buttercup" and practice your bird calls, because wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is suffering, we'll be there. And wherever liberty is threatened, you will find... ¡THE THREE AMIGOS! After the movie, stick around for El Guapo’s Birthday Party!
You remind me of the babe.” “What babe?” “The babe with the power.”
“What power?” “The power of the voodoo.” “Who do?” “You do.” “Do what?” “Remind me of the babe!”
Come on people – do I really need to say anything more than that to convince you that this LABYRINTH SING & QUOTE-ALONG is not to be missed, no matter what the goblins tell you they’re going to do to your little brother? David Bowie, Jim Henson, and Jennifer Connelly created an unsurpassed work of young adult cinema in the 1980s, and somehow it’s never been properly celebrated until now. We’ll have subtitles on the screen for all of our favorite lines and every single song, so the whole crowd can yell them all out in unison. We’ll also have an assortment of goodies in your prop bag, including bubbles to transport us to the magical land of Sarah’s dreamy ball, balloons to pop around the theater while we sing the fireys’ song, and best of all – Whoopee Cushions to fart along with the Bog of Eternal Stench. Smells bad!! Suffice to say, if you miss this show, you most definitely have no power over me. YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME!
After the movie, stick around for a David Bowie Tribute Dance Party. Like with Prince, the shocking and sad news that David Bowie had passed earlier this year left us all with a pit in our stomach, a hole in our hearts, and a tune in our heads, be it "Heroes," "Young Americans," "Suffragette City," "Under Pressure," or "Little Fat Man." It just doesn't seem possible that we now live in a world without David Bowie, but we know he's ascended to the otherworldly status of an icon, whose music and art will be loved, studied and rocked out to for generations. We'll get that party started tonight with this Tribute Party, where our DJs will spin the best of Bowie and have plenty of music videos and video content on screen as well so you you'll be able to laugh, cry and sing your heart out.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here on this terribly sad day 2 get through it by celebrating the life and legacy of the visionary and singular musical force that was Prince.
PURPLE RAIN is the semi-autobiographical tale of The Kid, a Minneapolis musician navigating the club scene while dealing with a romantic rival and a difficult family life. A massive hit upon release, it's a showcase for Prince's otherworldly musical, visual and sartorial stylings, and introduced the world to the glory of "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," and of course, "Purple Rain."
Are you ready to get pitch-slapped? Join us for an aca-awesome and totally interactive screening of PITCH PERFECT, where making music with your mouth isn't just encouraged, it's downright mandatory. Sing along to your favorite lady jams with the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, plus quote along to all of the best lines, because we're Dixie Chick serious about loving this movie. Start practicing your harmonies and your horizontal running, but leave those lame sock puppets at home, because we're heading to nationals, bitches. Aca-believe it!
A Bonnaroo Cinema Tradition! Returning for the fifth year running is the wildly popular R. Kelly masterpiece, the TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET SING-ALONG. This Sing-Along event will take Trapped in the Closet and give it the full Rocky Horror experience, with subtitles on screen to make it easy to sing-along (or just keep up with the story if you’ve never seen this majesty before), and props like Barettas, rubbers, spatulas and more to help make the magic moments on screen come alive in the theater.
In 2015, legendary musician David Byrne treated audiences to a performance spectacle unlike any other - bringing ten of the best color guard teams from across North America to Brooklyn's Barclays Center to perform their synchronized dance routines (often involving flags, flips, tossed rifles and swords) to music composed for their performances by musicians like St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock + Money Mark, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, Lucius, Dev Hynes from Blood Orange, and Byrne himself, commissioned by BAM and Luminato Festival. CONTEMPORARY COLOR is no mere concert documentary. As seen through the eyes of celebrated American documentary duo, the Ross Brothers (Western, 45365), this tightly choreographed event is cracked open to make space for the performers' hopes, dreams, homes and personal histories as they're on the floor giving the biggest show of their lives.
Perry (Billie Joe Armstrong) is a happily married father of two living a comfortable but sedate life in the suburbs. On the occasion of his 40th birthday, he seeks to revisit his former life as the lead singer in a popular punk band though his middle-aged reality quickly (and hilariously) clashes with the indulgences of his youth. Written and directed by Lee Kirk, the film also stars Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, Judy Greer and Chris Messina.
This Final Performance Tribute all began on Les Paul's 90th birthday when luminaries from the musical world gathered to celebrate at New York's historic Iridium Jazz Club. Les and friends 'jammed' every Monday for the next four years until the legend left us. Great moments from many of those cool sessions are presented in this tribute to the man who created a sonic boom with the solid-body electric guitar. It's all here. A tribute the way Les would have wanted it played. Les jams live with special guests like Keith Richards, Steve Miller, and Jose Feliciano. Musical luminaries Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Sonya Hensley and other share their thoughts on Les. Les plays 23 songs, including old favorites like 'Tennessee Waltz,' 'Route 66' and 'Back Home Again in Indiana'.
Let Us Play chronicles a 6 month period on the road and in the recording studio with the funk band, Lettuce. Breaking down the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry of making a modern funk record. Directed by Jay Sansone, this experiment in rouge and guerrilla filmmaking was shot with mostly a single camera on the road, in the studio, and between sessions. After the screening, the band will appear in person for a Q&A.
Join Lord Huron in the cinema tent for a special screening of their music videos and a live performance. Ben Schneider conjured Lord Huron from the depths of Lake Huron during a trip to his family home in northern Michigan in 2010. Ancient memories, smoke over the moon and nights full of perilous laughter all bolstered the brew from which Lord Huron emerged. Ben brought Lord Huron back with him to Los Angeles, where strange young things are known to flourish, unhindered. As the songs grew, so did the need for a band to play them. Answering the call ringing out from California, grand brethren from years past, friends and fellow Michiganders, Mark Barry, Miguel Briseno and Tom Renaud, left their respective paths, or bent each road to their own will, to reconvene out west. An old crew reformed in a new harbor. After a pair of EPs, a debut album, Lonesome Dreams saw release in 2012. Tours followed that found the boys in blistering deserts, reveling in sinister paradises, wandering frozen coasts and lost among the hanging fog of bygone forests. Who can say but the soles of their shoes how far they travelled and how wide? In 2014, trail-weary but intrepid, Lord Huron set up camp deep in Los Angeles at Whispering Pines Studios to notch their latest songs and abet the journeys of others. Lord Huron will release the next chapter of their adventures, Strange Trails, in April 2015.
Sidemen : Long Road To Glory is an intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen; piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen. The film captures some of the last interviews and final live performances, before their deaths in 2011. The historic live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary musicians inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tim Reynolds, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter.
During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their radio show exceed 300 million. The late night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the humor just as much for the exclusive tunes. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever. Directed by Bobbito Garcia
“THE BANDIT” is a film about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit SMOKEY & THE BANDIT. The film tells the action-packed story of the making of SMOKEY, while tracing the vivid personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obscurity to stardom and highlighting one of the most extraordinary relationships in Hollywood history. Featuring new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material, including footage from Reynolds’ personal archive, as well as candid interviews with the late Hal Needham, the documentary tells an exhilarating and moving story about loyalty, friendship and creative risk.
David Beckham sets himself the challenge of a lifetime: playing a soccer match on all seven continents of the globe and getting back in time for his own star-studded Unicef fundraising match at Manchester United's Old Trafford. The new doc will air this Summer on BBC AMERICA.
The New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first film festival dedicated to the art of drone cinema. The festival offers an international platform for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals, the drone community and beyond. Join us for a collection of some of the best films from the festival.
Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? Featuring a Q&A with producer Deia Schlosberg and subject/activist Tim DeChristopher.
Oscar® -winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world. Featuring a Q&A with race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter.
Imagine, for a moment, that you are farming the fertile hillside of a volcano but there is no road to transport your harvest and no electricity to light your house. Imagine living alongside a fresh water lake but you have no water to drink. Imagine raising a family in utter poverty, but buried beneath your mud hut are unimaginable riches—you can’t afford to send your child to school even though your country guarantees a free education for all. And imagine being a woman, being a slave, and living in a place called the “Rape Capitol of the World.” This is the Democratic Republic of the Congo and it’s very real. More than 5 million Congolese have died since 1994 in the deadliest conflict since World War Two. Millions more have been chased from their homes by murderous armed groups who terrorize the population and enrich themselves by smuggling exotic Minerals. Merci Congo is the story of a beautiful but troubled land told by an amazing group of people who have decided that Congo matters. Inspired by the story of a British dockworker who was transformed into a groundbreaking human rights activist by the knowledge of human suffering on a grand scale, the film highlights the work of a college student, a polio survivor, a schoolteacher, a mother, and the CEO of a major corporation. Whether supporting victims of sexual violence or demanding clean water for a city; whether empowering women in remote areas with technology or cutting funds to rebels by changing a business model, each of these activists tells their story of how they are trying to bring peace to this beleaguered nation and, more importantly, why. Produced, Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Paul Freedman. Produced by Natalie Lum Freedman. After the film, join Emmy and Peabody award-winning director Paul Freedman for a Q&A, presented by Intel.
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