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Jazz Film Fest: The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks

Fri, Jun 22 / 9 pm
Thu, Jun 28 / 9 pm
Directed by Bradley Beesley
2005, USA, 103 min

From one of the most comprehensive docs on women jazz instrumentalists in USA, Kay Ray’s Lady Be Good to the intimate, dynamic, portrait of the Flaming Lips, The Fearless Freaks, the stunning desert blues guitar playing of Mdou Moctar in Rain the Colour of Blue with a Little Red in It, and lastly don’t miss the eight years-in-the-making portrait of the legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans in Bill Evans: Time Remembered.

The Fearless Freaks is the most intimate portrait of a band you’re likely to see… as heartwarming and heartbreaking as the band’s music itself,” said Bill Crandall of Rolling Stone. Beesley captures the Flaming Lips’ deep-set Oklahoma roots with never-before-seen home movie footage and Coyne family photographs. Performance footage begins with the band’s early punk/noise phase, and continues throughout the years as the band’s shows become increasingly avant garde. At any given Flaming Lips concert, there may be puppets and light shows, animal suits and theatrical blood, balloons and confetti, or even a gigantic, Coyne-inhabited plastic ball, and all are represented in Beesley’s film.

Sponsored by the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

Reviews

Chock-full of archival Super-8 footage seamlessly edited into a masterful work of art that encompasses not just this crazy Okie musical outfit and their "heaven one day, hell the next" history.
- Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle  
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