Punk in Africa

With all the focus on the music, it’s easy to forget that Noise Pop is a fully-fleshed-out festival, with art, film and panel series running concurrently with the concerts. We’ve selected our best bets for the film series below – all of them music-related.

Turning: A Music Documentary by Charles Atlas Featuring the Music of Antony and the Johnsons
Antony and the Johnsons are known far and wide for crafting surreal, gloomy pop. In this film, filmmaker Charles Atlas collaborates with Antony himself to create a live show featuring performances by powerful female artists backed by Antony’s genre-bending music. February 27th, 7pm, Roxie Theater, $10

Bad Brains: A Band in D.C.
Godfathers of hardcore Bad Brains’ influence reaches far and wide, probably because their own influences reach far and wide – after all, they are, as far as we know, the only hardcore band to have risen from the ashes of a jazz ensemble. This doc tells the story of the seminal hardcore band, from their rise in Washington D.C. to their enduring popularity and place in punk rock history, with commentary from folks like Henry Rollins, Adam Yauch and countless other adoring colleagues. March 1st, Artists’ Television Access, 9pm, $10

Punk in Africa
Everyone knows that punk exploded in the developed world in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, but fewer know that the impact was felt all the way down in South Africa, a hotbed of instability at the time. Born in one of the most repressive times in the country’s history, there couldn’t have been a more appropriate time and place for punk rock to burgeon. Punk in Africa tells the long, un-storied history of punk rock in South Africa, and how it continues to underscore social unrest in the country to this day. February 28th, 7pm, Artists’ Television Access, $10

Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis
The name Storm Thorgerson might not ring a bell – at best, it sounds like it might be the name of the Swedish Chef’s estranged brother – but we’re willing to be you know who he is. In an age when album covers have been relegated to an afterthought, Thorgerson’s work as designer for some of the most enduring album covers of the ‘70s and ‘80s seems even more iconic. Meet the man behind some of the most famous album covers of all time. February 28th and March 3rd, 9pm and 4pm, Artists’ Television Access, $10

See A Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould
Few things are more fun than watching grown-ass musicians geek out over their own heroes. That’s just what happens in See A Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould, when a host of rock n’ rollers gathered in LA to pay tribute to rock icon Bob Mould. February 27th, 9pm, Roxie Theater, $10