Don't Think I've Forgotten Documentary Revisits the Roots of Cambodian Rock

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Photo still from Don't Think I've Forgotten
There are plenty of rock 'n' roll documentaries that talk about influential times, places and genres of long-gone music, and then there is Don't Think I've Forgotten.

A film that delves deep into the multi-faceted history and eventual eradication of Cambodia's incredible burgeoning rock scene of the 1960s, Don't Think I've Forgotten is a powerful doc that goes beyond the sounds themselves to weave an emotional tale of how important music is to a society and how culture can survive despite grand efforts to destroy it.

See also: Resurrecting the Memory of Sinn Sisamouth, the Cambodian Elvis

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See Neil Young's Cinematic Side at Shakey Fest

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Neil Young completists, rock historians, and fans of underground cinema, gather ye round! Something rare and off-kilter is going down, and you're not going to want to miss it. For fifty years, Neil Young has been writing, recording, and performing in numerous genres of music, both as a solo act as well as with various groups; however, while most people can recognize some of his tunes; such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Heart of Gold," and "Ohio;" few are the individuals who are versed in his film catalog. This weekend, the Cinefamily, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art and community of cinema, will be showcasing a series of films by and about Neil Young.

The series, called Shakey Fest, is named after Bernard Shakey, Young's filmmaking pseudonym, and it features a newly restored director's cut of Human Highway. The new cut of Highway, a post-apocalyptic musical comedy that was shot in 1982 and co-directed with Dean Stockwell, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Once Hadrian Belove, the Executive Director and one of the co-founders of Cinefamily, became aware of the restoration, he contacted the film's distributor in the hope of featuring it in a film festival devoted to Shakey's works.

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Five Facts about Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo That Will Pop and Lock Your Mind!

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The Cast of Breakin
This week, Shout! Factory brings us the long-awaited blu-ray debut of classic early '80s hip-hop films Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. The classic tales of the magic street dancing can do, whether against a rival dance crew or to save a rec(reation) center, the fast pace and fun tone makes the movies a great time capsule of when breakdancing ruled the world. This edition also contains one of the most fascinating audio commentaries we've heard in some time on Breakin' 2, with director Sam Firstenberg, editor Marcus Manton and the film's iconic star Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" QuiƱones. It's through both this commentary as well as research spawned from our own fandom that we present to you Five Facts about Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo That Will Pop and Lock Your Mind!

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Rude Boy The Movie Skanks into Orange County's Ska Scene of the Past

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Rude Boy The Movie Director Gabriel Zavala and Producer Julian Camarillo
Gabriel Zavala remembers vividly what Friday nights where like when he was a teenager growing up in Anaheim. The director would get ready for a night of dancing at Cloud 9, a popular dance club inside Knotts Berry Farm where kids of every subculture-- punks, goths, material girls, and rudeboys-- would congregate religiously to hear the biggest New Wave hits, as well as two-tone ska tracks by (now classic) heavy hitters like The Specials, Madness, and The Selector. Zavala and his buds counted themselves as rudeboys from the suits to the vespas.

It was these experiences, and Zavala's undying love of ska, that inspired him to create a film based on the scene, and to reconnect audiences with a style of music that has seemingly been left out of cinema and people's imaginations. That film is Rude Boy The Movie, which will be holding a special screening this Friday at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana.

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[VIDEO]: Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Frida Cinema

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When it comes to weird cult audience favorites, Rocky Horror Picture Show seems second to none, considering of course that this musical is still going strong on the midnight movie circuit since its debut in 1975.

Character costumes, throwing items at the screen, dancing along to the "Time Warp" or yelling hilarious, often vulgar callbacks to the film's dialogue; some of the staples of the original Rocky Horror screenings from way back when are still in use today. They've also helped make this film the iconic musical that it is, and inspired the Library of Congress to name it "Culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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Beat Theatre Brings Experimental Film + Beats to the Frida Tonight with Santa Sangre

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Gabonano scoring The Shining with fresh beats
The aural, visual experience of a Beat Theatre show is unlike your typical cinematic live re-scoring event. You take a classic art house/avant garde film and pair it with the sounds of original beats made by underground beat producers, and you get a hypnotic, ultra-sensory experience that connects sight, sound, and mind.

While the beat scene remains fairly under the radar from its mainstream-EDM counterparts, local beat artists consider Beat Theatre to be a space for inspiration and connectivity to other artists, while for the performers themselves it's a place to give their bedroom compositions some exposure.

Dating back to 2013 in Long Beach, Beat Theatre shows have always taken place at smaller venues like houses, cultural centers and dive bars, but tonight they'll be making their actual theater debut at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana with a grand pairing of the 1989 Alejandro Jodorowsky film Santa Sangre, featuring the musical talents of DJs Afta 1, AshTreJinkins, Eludem, Gabonano, and Memesy.

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Nick Cave's Creative Odyssey 20,000 Days on Earth Opens This Friday at The Frida

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Doesn't look a day over 15,765 days old...

Nick Cave is a man who wears many hats: singer, musician, writer, screenwriter, actor and composer. But Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's latest film, 20,000 Days on Earth , tells about not only the creative genius behind all of them, but also the father, husband and friend that isn't so commonly known to fans.

That isn't to say that 20,000 Days is your run-of-the-mill documentary. In a format befitting the ex-Bad Seeds front man, the film explores the world of Cave and the influences--from his early upbringing to the everyday people in his life--that inspire his imagination. But beyond that, the film examines the spiritual themes such as mortality, and how we spend our time on Earth.

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Tonight is Your Last Chance to See the Mexican Spinal Tap for Free

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Volando Bajo
When the 5th OC Film Fiesta kicked off its series of free Latino-film screenings a month ago, it launched with a campy, musical mockumentary that crossed language barriers with its humorous glam and spot-on parody of Mexican pop music from the '80s.

Volando Bajo, a Beto Gomez film, follows the members of fictional musica romantica duo Los Jilgueros de Rosarito as they grow up besties on the beaches of Baja, rise to fame thanks to some perfectly teased hair and then crumble under the pressure of nationwide celebrity. In between, they perform their cheesy keyboard ballads in movies, music videos and televised musical performances--all dressed in outrageous polyester costumes that hark back to a long-gone era of Mexican popular culture.

Read more: OC Film Fiesta Soars High with Opening Night Film Flying Low

With the sound, look and feel of a past era, it's being hailed as the Mexican answer to This Is Spinal Tap, itself a well-produced parody of an over-the-top music scene.

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The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

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Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone else says or thinks, having integrity, staying true to your identity, and rebelling against the status quo. Note that this list doesn't include documentaries on punk, only feature films. We now present our list of top ten punk rock movies.

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College Kid Marcus Haney Lived a Real-Life Version of Almost Famous

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In 2010, Marcus Haney was your typical college kid with a lust to get closer to the core of any modern music-lover's dream -- the music festival. But unlike most people wanting to go to Coachella, Bonnaroo and the rest, Haney didn't save for weeks to buy his event pass, and then ride out to Indio with his buddies for a weekend of partying to Jay-Z and Muse in the audience. Instead, Haney rode out to Indio, jumped a fence when no one was looking, hid out in a Porta-Potty for 8 hours and used a homemade photo pass to enjoy Coachella not from the audience with everyone else, but rather from behind the lens as a press photographer.

And while there might be quite a few people who successfully sneak into Coachella and other big music festivals for a day or so, Haney made a career out of it. He eventually parlayed his fake photo pass and press credentials to sneak into multiple festivals over a couple of years. At one such event, he met Mumford and Sons, who took such a liking to Haney and his work they invited him to go on tour with them as their press photographer. Haney dropped out of USC film school one term before graduating so he could join one of the world's biggest rock bands on their tour.

Haney has turned his adventures into a documentary film, No Cameras Allowed. The footage he shot at festivals and on the road with Mumford and Sons has been edited into a full-length film premiering July 23 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

We sat down with Haney, now 26 and living in Venice Beach when he's not on the road, to talk about what it's like to be the badass who realized his dream one amazing concert at a time.

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