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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This Year's Jackpot Records Film & Music Fest

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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The schedule for this year's Jackpot Film Festival is up, offering five straight nights of intriguing sounding music documentaries at the Bagdad, brought to you by the good folks at the Jackpot Records emporiums. This year's selections are "dedicated to misunderstood geniuses and visionaries. The groundbreakers that weren’t afraid to reveal the vision of their true selves, their true sound, or their truly irreverent music-loving souls."

The one I'm most interested to see is Charles Bradley: Soul of America [Wed Sept 26], which premiered earlier this year at SXSW and now gets a Portland premiere. Soul singer Charles Bradley has one of the most fascinating stories out there, with tragedy marking many of the corners of his life. In his 50s, his music career finally got going, and now he's earned his place as a touring, working singer—every bit of hard work and pain along the way can be heard in his voice. Watch the trailer here.

I'm also curious to see Jobriath A.D. [Thurs Sept 27], which Jamie S. Rich says is a "must-see," telling the story of the gay performer who, in the early '70s, was the authentic counterpart to David Bowie's homosexual tourism.

Also coming: I'm Now, the Mudhoney documentary, followed by a Q&A with Steve Turner [Tues Sept 25]; Circle Jerks: My Career as a Jerk in its Portland premiere [Mon Sept 24]; and Rhino Resurrected, a fascinating sounding doc about the LA record store that spawned a thousand reissues [Fri Sept 28].

The fest runs Monday, September 24 through Friday, September 28. Each show is $5 at the Bagdad Theater (gone are the days of the Jackpot Film Fest's free screenings, as is their much loved Psych Night—but these alternatives make it easy to bear). More info, and trailers for each, at the Jackpot Film Fest site.

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