VIFF 2017 music, art and dance films

VIFF M/A/D is a stream at the Vancouver International Film Festival that focuses on silver-screen showcases of music, art and design. While most of us are familiar with a good band documentary or Knowledge Network-style artist focus, many of the films programmed into M/A/D fall outside those general-interest areas and open up a world of alternative views to entertain, challenge and surprise viewers.

The following six films are highly recommended:

Bunch of Kunst

Director: Christine Franz.

Cast: Sleaford Mods, Iggy Pop, Steve Ignorant, others.

No less an authority on aggro-rock than Iggy Pop calls Sleaford Mods “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.” The U.K. duo of 40-something lads — vocalist/ranter Jason Williamson and beat-maker Andrew Ferns — are one of the most unlikely success stories of recent years. Making music that spews working-class opinions into the faces of the elites carried on raw-to-brutal electronic rhythms, the group is a self-made, unique and more than a tad rough around the edges.

First showing: Vancity Theatre, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Charles Schumann, Munich bartender and author, in a scene from Schumann’s Bar Talks by director Marieke Schroeder. 2017 [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Charles Schumann, Munich bartender and author, in a scene from Schumann’s Bar Talks, by director Marieke Schroeder.

Schumann’s Bar Talks

Director: Marieke Schroeder.

Cast: Charles Schumann.

Charles Schumann is a 76-year-old legend in the world of bartending. From his Munich institution, Schumann’s, he has been a leading light of the global cocktail revival. His 1991 publication, American Bar, celebrated such classics as the Hemingway Daiquiri to such personal recipes as the French 68. In this delightful film, travel with the bartender as he searches out the best cocktail bars and bartenders in New York, Tokyo, Havana and beyond.

First showing: Simon Fraser University, Oct. 7, 4 p.m.

A scene from animator Chris Auchter’s NFB film, The Mountain of S’Gaana.

The Mountain of SGaana

Director: Christopher Auchter.

Cast: Animation.

Haida animator Auchter takes a folk tale about a young warrior kidnapped into the spirit world and the young woman who journeys there to rescue him into the contemporary realm in this time-travelling, genre-mashing, stunning film. Part of the Strangers in Strange Lands Canadian short-films series, the NFB-animation-produced The Mountain of SGaana recently won the Best Animated Film of Series for Young Audiences at the Ottawa International Film Festival.

First showing: International Village 8, Oct. 5, 9:15 p.m.

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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