Replacements, Fishbone documentaries lead Gasparilla International Film Festival's musical offerings
When someone throws a film festival, you think "movies," not "music." Unless you're talking about South By Southwest, of course.
But this year's Gasparilla International Film Festival does have a few musical highlights, with subjects ranging from alt-country to funk-punk to dirty barroom blues. Among the movies and events music lovers may find intriguing:
-- Color Me Obsessed, a much-anticipated documentary about The Replacements -- it's being billed as "the potentially true story of the last best band" -- will make its debut in Tampa. Members of the Decemberists, Goo Goo Dolls, the Hold Steady and Husker Du were among the 140 people interviewed for the film. It screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Muvico Centro Ybor. Click here for details, and check out a teaser trailer above.
-- Another seminal band from the Reagan era gets its moment in the sun in Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. The funk-punk-rock group broke barriers and challenged the establishment throughout their career. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Muvico Centro Ybor. Click here for details.
-- Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues is a documentary about the Scissormen, a Nashville blues duo with a sound that fans of the Black Keys or NRBQ might dig. They played Bonnaroo in 2008, and this film by documentarian Robert Mugge focuses on their drive to bring the blues to towns across the midwest. The film screens at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at Muvico Centro Ybor. And then at 8 p.m., the Scissormen themselves will perform at New World Brewery (admission is free with a VIP pass, $5 with a ticket stub or $8 for the general public). Click here for details.
-- Speaking of the blues, Black, White and Blues is a juke joint drama Black, White and Blues (1:30 Sunday, Cinebistro), directed by Mario van Peebles, starring Michael Clarke Duncan and written by and featuring former Tampa resident Morgan Simpson. It screens at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Cinebistro in South Tampa. Click here for details.
-- Oh, hi, The Room. Tommy Wiseau's epic flick has nothing to do with music. But we couldn't resist listing it here anyway. It screens at 10 p.m. Friday at Muvico Centro Ybor. Bring spoons and footballs for this interactive, Rocky Horror-style show. Click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*