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2013 XPN Music Film Festival

Taking place April 11-14, 2013, this is the first Philadelphia festival solely dedicated to movies about music. Enjoy four days of contemporary films including rockumentaries, biopics about musicians and movies that are defined by great soundtracks spanning a variety of musical genres!

Individual film tickets: $12-$18
XPN and PFS Member film tickets: $8-$14

Opening and closing night party tickets: $20

All-Access Badge: $100 (XPN or PFS members)/$125 (non-members)
The best way to experience the XPN Music Film Festival is to have unlimited access to four days of films, special performances and parties! All-Access Badges will be available for pick up at the Annenberg Center Box Office (3680 Walnut Street) beginning Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM. Click here to purchase the All-Access Badge.*

2013 XPN Music Film Festival Schedule

(Films and special events are listed in alphabetical order.)

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Plagued by commercial failure, the career of critically acclaimed Memphis rock group Big Star never really lived up to their name despite being a key influence for groups like R.E.M., The Replacements and The Flaming Lips. This comprehensive documentary uses never-before-seen footage to detail the story of Big Star’s artistic and musical salvation.

April 13 @ 4:15 PM   BUY

Closing Night Party

Following the screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom, a captivating documentary about the people behind the voices that have supported the biggest bands in popular music, the Closing Night Party will feature special guests Lisa Fischer and Darlene Love as well as food and beverages.

April 14 @ 9:30 PM - World Cafe Live   BUY

David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure
David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure chronicles the story of David Bromberg, a little-known New York roots musician who collaborated with such legends as Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jerry Garcia. Relocating to Wilmington, DE and leaving behind his career to become a violin maker, Bromberg now begins his musical comeback.

April 13 @ 7:10 PM   BUY
April 14 @ 5:30 PM   BUY

Freak Night

Flaming Lips’ singer Wayne Coyne describes their new concert film Freak Night as the "largest costume party in the Midwest.” The band's free 2012 Halloween concert in their home state of Oklahoma was as stunning visually as is it musically. Party late into the night as we crank up the volume at World Cafe Live and get freaky at this screening. As a bonus, arrive early to catch A Year in the Life of Wayne’s Phone, a vertical-format iPhone film compiled from 28 hours of personal footage shot by Flaming Lip’s singer Wayne Coyne.

April 13 @ 10 PM - World Cafe Live   BUY

Good Ol' Freda

An intimate look into the life of the woman who spent 11 years working for the Beatles, Good Ol’ Freda is an endearing first person account of the hysteria surrounding the most popular band in music history. Centered around one in-depth interview, the Beatles' former secretary tells all about the spiciest fan mail and the most hilarious interactions with John, Paul, George and Ringo.

April 11 @ 7:30 PM   BUY

Grease Sing-a-Long

Put on your best leather jacket or poodle skirt for an exuberant adventure into the highest grossing musical of all time! Telling the story of the two star-crossed teenage lovers, good girl Sandy and bad boy Danny, Grease is the unforgettable 50s-based classic we can all sing along to!

April 13 @ 7:30 PM - World Cafe Live   BUY

The History of Future Folk + Special Performance

Earthlings, meet Future Folk, a New York folk band duo whose “out of this world” origin is shared through this thoroughly original musical sci-fi adventure. Winner of the Audience Award at The Philadelphia Film Festival, this special encore screening will include a live performance from the band themselves.

April 12 @ 6:45 PM - World Cafe Live   BUY

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

At times hilarious, at times heartfelt, this inspiring documentary tells the story of Jake Shimabukuro, a brilliantly gifted ukulele player out to sooth the world with his beautiful Hawaiian sounds. Follow Shimabukuro as he teaches children and wows audiences, armed only with his tiny, four-stringed instrument.

April 12 @ 6:45 PM   BUY

April 13 @ 1:30 PM   BUY

Kinshasa Kids

In this lyrical hybrid of documentary and fiction, filmmaker Marc-Henri Wajnberg utilizes everything from staged scenes to animation to tell the empowering story of a group of Congalese street kids. Cast out of their homes under suspicion of witchcraft, the children decide to fight back against society by forming a band.

April 12 @ 8:30 PM   BUY
April 14 @ 2:45 PM   BUY

Los Wild Ones

Chronicling the history of the fiercely independent Wild Ones Records in LA, Elise Salomon’s documentary debut focuses on gritty Irishman Reb Kennedy, who builds a family of young Hispanic musicians to write and perform 50s rock n’ roll. Recognizing changes in the industry, Kennedy must figure out how to survive while staying true to his label.

April 12 @ 6:30 PM   BUY
April 13 @ 5 PM   BUY

Muscle Shoals

Miraculously birthed during a time of intense racial division, the legendary music studio Muscle Shoals brought blacks and whites together to create hits from some of music's greatest artists. Greg “Freddy” Camalier's engrossing documentary shows us how the studio produced the work of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, among others.

April 13 @ 7 PM   BUY

Narco Cultura

Interweaving four amazing stories, Narco Cultura paints a portrait of the iconicism surrounding contemporary Mexican outlaws known as "Narcos". Building a brand around themselves, many Narcos have lyrical songs called corridos, written for them to detail their exploits. Shaul Schwarz’s Sundance hit is a gripping journey through the explosive collision between drugs, violence and pop culture.

April 12 @ 8:20 PM   BUY

April 13 @ 9:30 PM   BUY

Once in a Lullaby

On the eve of their big appearance in the 2011 Academy Awards, the country's most prestigious and spirited public school chorus faces creative differences, lost voices and homesickness in this adorable documentary that celebrates youth and arts education to the highest degree.

April 13 @ 2 PM   BUY

April 14 @ 1 PM   BUY

Opening Night Party
Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom Street
Philly’s AfroDJiak will be spinning songs by the Fab Four and adding a little flavor, beats and rhymes for all of the partygoers’ grooving pleasure. Nosh and bevvys included (that's British for food and drink). Late night Opening Night Ticket and All-Access Badge holders welcome.

April 11 @ 9:30 PM   BUY

Pleased to Meet Me

Based on Starlee Kine's "Everybody Speaks Elton John," Pleased to Meet Me stars John Doe and Aimee Mann as an aging punk rocker and his former producer who reunite for a single song. The pair searches the classifieds and assembles a ragtag group of musicians to write, produce and record a song in 24 hours.

April 14 @ 3:15 PM   BUY

Pleased to Meet Me + Special Event

World Café's David Dye hosts this special screening followed by an intimate chat with director Archie Borders and the film stars John Doe and Loudon Wainright. III and possible music surprises!

April 12 @ 9:30 PM - World Cafe Live   BUY

The Punk Singer

Musician, feminist and provocateur Kathleen Hanna is one of the revolutionary artists of our time. This eye-opening new documentary tracks the renegade spirit of Hanna, from her roots in Bikini Kill, through her subsequent projects of Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin, all the way up to her mysterious and sudden disappearance from the music scene.

April 13 @ 9 PM   BUY

April 14 @ 5:25 PM   BUY

Twenty Feet From Stardom

A hit at the opening night of Sundance, this rousing crowd-pleaser shines light on the untold story of back-up singers, the true heroes when creating a full musical sound. Legends from Bruce Springsteen to Bette Midler tout the greatness of these marvelous women in Morgan Neville’s captivating documentary.

April 14 @ 7:30 PM - Mandell Theatre   BUY

Unfinished Song

Shortly after the death of his loving wife, the disgruntled and reserved Arthur joins an unconventional choir for the elderly in an attempt to repair a relationship with his estranged son in this heartwarming drama starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave.

April 14 @ 3:10 PM   BUY

We Juke Up in Here + Special Event

Jonny Meister of The Blues Show on WXPN hosts this special screening and performance. Honoring the memory of the juke joints of Mississippi, Jeff Konkel and Roger Stelle’s toe-tappin’ documentary takes a journey through a time of transition, when many of these famous clubs switched to more economically viable options. Enjoy a special performance by W.C. Handy Award-winning Mississippi Delta Country Blues singer-songwriter Rory Block.

April 13 @ 4:30 PM - World Cafe Live   BUY

The XPN Music Film Festival is produced by The Philadelphia Film Society and is sponsored by the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. The Festival will take place at the Annenberg Center, World Cafe Live and the Mandell Theatre.

*Photo ID is required for all pick-ups. Non-transferable badge is valid from Thursday, April 11 - Sunday, April 14, 2013. Holder must arrive 30 minutes in advance or priority admission is not guaranteed. Seating is not guaranteed after the film's scheduled start time.

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