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Summer Concert Series

MUBI Special

MUBI’s Summer Concert Series is back, with a new film coming each week all summer long! From punk, to jazz, to folk, to country, to blues, to 60s pop, including an exclusive music video premiere, this collection of concert films and documentaries is our biggest yet.

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Steven Sebring United States, 2008


Summer thankfully isn’t over yet, but we’re concluding our epic Summer Concert Series with a true icon. A very special portrait of an undefinably special artist, this appropriately unconventional documentary was shot over 11 years and offers a vivid, often off-the-cuff insight into a legend.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Marie Losier United States, 2011


Can two become one? That is just one question asked this intimate and impressionistic look at by the art and life of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV founder Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his partner, Lady Jaye. Their aspiration to unite bodies and art is a paean as much to creation as it is to love.

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Margaret Brown United States, 2004


An ethereal musician behind which lay so much pain and instability: that’s the mystery of this documentary on Texan troubadour Townes Van Zandt. Extensive and wonderful archive footage tell one story, the tales of friends, family and admirers something else. And then there’s the great, great music.

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

John Scheinfeld United States, 2010


The next subject of our Summer Concert Series is this smooth-voiced pop singer, who’s best known for the opening theme of Midnight Cowboy but whose legacy is so much bigger. Featuring interviews with Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, and more, it’s a tribute to an underrated musician’s place in pop history.

Music from the Big House

Bruce McDonald Canada, 2010


The caged bird sings in Bruce McDonald’s documentary on the blues, culminating in a concert of prison inmates serving life. Both somber and toe-tapping, it examines the humanity, mythology, and contradictions of a uniquely American art form’s roots in the most extreme of circumstances.

Give Me the Banjo

Marc Fields United States, 2011


The next film in our Summer Concert Series traces not an artist or a genre, but an instrument: the banjo. Narrated by Steve Martin—who, believe it or not, is an accomplished banjo player himself—this amiable doc tells the story of a country through a set of strings that have followed it all the way.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin Russia, 2013


It was a story that turned the world’s head: a feminist punk collective in Russia, arrested and persecuted by the Putin regime. Covering their music, their trial, and their political dissidence, this topical Sundance prizewinner is a startling, rousing look at protest music battling the system.

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

Laura Archibald Canada, 2012


It exploded with Bob Dylan, but he wasn’t even the half of it. This close-up on the fertile Greenwich Village folk scene of the 60s—featuring interviews with Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, and more—is a fond celebration of a moment in American life.

Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

Jacob Hatley United States, 2010


Our Summer Concert Series turns to one of the great groups of the rock era: The Band. Singer/drummer Levon Helm, who gave heart and soul to classics like “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” reflects on a life on the road in this intimate doc, made in the last years of his life.


Jodie Mack United States, 2016


We’re delighted to present the world premiere of Jodie Mack’s new animation for the band Roommate. Mack animates everyday materials by hand to create shimmering, hypnogogic life, here using marbled paper (and a rotoscoped dance from Singin’ in the Rain!) to create a gorgeous, flowing experience.

Let's Get Lost

Bruce Weber United States, 1988


Famed jazz musician Chet Baker was back in theaters this year, played by Ethan Hawke in Born to Be Blue. But accept no substitutes to the legend himself. This renowned Oscar nominated doc, part of our Summer Concert Series, is a revealing, grungy portrait of musical highs and druggy lows.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

Penelope Spheeris United States, 1998


The music doesn’t slow down. Penelope Spheeris capped her trilogy on the L.A. rock scene with this close-up on a new generation of “gutter punks.” Even more unflinching than the chapters that preceded it, it’s an uncompromised look at American social unrest—and the role music plays.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

Penelope Spheeris United States, 1988


After punk, comes metal. Penelope Spheeris returned to the LA underground to capture KISS, Megadeath, Motörhead, and more in a frenzy of legends and half-truths. More reflective than its predecessor but no less electrifying, it mixes concerts with a sober portrait of a nihilistic culture.

The Decline of Western Civilization

Penelope Spheeris United States, 1981


Next in our Summer Concert Series is a legendary triple bill: Penelope Spheeris’s Decline of Western Civilization. Part 1 is the original crash course: a no-holds-barred report from the ground on the LA punk subculture of the early 80s, with Black Flag and X in their raw, ragged prime.


Ondi Timoner United States, 2004


Announcing the return of our Summer Concert Series! For 2016, we have a blowout: a new musical film every week, all season long. We start in the world of indie rock, with this hysterical act of DIY filmmaking—winner of the grand prize at Sundance—about a true rock star rivalry.

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