2018 Florida Film Festival Music Sidebar

By Leslie C. Halpern

As in previous years, the 27th annual Florida Film Festival offers a music sidebar in addition to its other programming. This sidebar includes non-competing documentaries related to music, musicians, and musical instruments. In addition to this sidebar, the Festival also features live music at Eden Bar. Produced by Enzian Theater and held from April 6 – 15, 2018 throughout Central Florida, the Festival features parties, forums, and more than 180 independent narrative features, documentaries, and shorts on a variety of unusual subjects.

Music Sidebar Selections for 2018

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie

Hardcore hippies in the 1970s, the band Magic Music never produced an album nor achieved the widespread fame many felt it deserved.  Emmy-nominated sitcom writer-producer, Lee Aronsohn decided it was finally time to reunite the former members from his favorite band that played back when he was a student at the University of Colorado. Not only that, but he talked them into one more gig and a documentary.

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie. Photo courtesy of Florida Film Festival.

  • Director: Lee Aronsohn
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Screenings: Sunday, April 8, 4:00 p.m. (Regal Winter Park Village); Sunday April 15, 12:30 p.m. (Regal Winter Park Village)
  • Southeast Premiere
  • Talent in Attendance

The Godfathers of Hardcore

New York City hardcore legend Agnostic Front has survived 35 years of personal and professional challenges among its members. In addition to the music, this documentary explores friendship, family, drug problems, health issues, and, of course, the music. From film and music video director, Ian McFarland, this film looks at the two leaders in New York Hardcore and how they defined, shaped, and inspired the musical movement.

The Godfathers of Hardcore. Photo courtesy of Florida Film Festival.

  • Director: Ian McFarland
  • Stars: Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Screenings: Saturday, April 7, 9:00 p.m. (Regal Winter Park Village); Friday, April 13, 8:00 p.m. (Regal Winter Park Village)
  • Florida Premiere
  • Talent in Attendance on April 7

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Forsaking traditional documentary-style storytelling, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami provides viewers with a blend of bold concert performances and unscripted candid moments. There’s Jones the performer on stage singing in enormous high heels and an extraordinarily large hat and not much else. There’s Jones the businesswoman yelling at her promoter over the telephone. There’s Jones at home with her parents and other family members in Jamaica, all talking over each other at mealtime. Rather than the usual story arc, this doc presents different sides of the eccentric singer and lets the audience come to its own conclusions.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Photo courtesy of Florida Film Festival.

  • Director: Sophie Fiennes
  • Stars: Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Gourde
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Screenings: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. (Regal Winter Park Village); Saturday, April 14, 9:00 p.m.
  • East Coast Premiere

Live Music at Florida Film Festival

Local musicians perform outside Eden Bar (located at Enzian Theater in Maitland) to enhance the atmosphere during the Festival. Free and open to the public.

  • Weekday Performances: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Weekend Performances: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Visit the official Florida Film Festival website for full movie listings and ticket information.