Reel Music

If you've noticed an uptick in the number of documentaries about niche and cult artists or bands, you have Kickstarter and Indiegogo to thank. Fans of groups like Bay Area-based experimentalists the Residents and recently rediscovered soul belter Syl Johnson have been cracking open their PayPal accounts to fund films that explore the lives and careers of acts that might otherwise be relegated to blink-and-you'll-miss-them magazine features. One benefit to all this largesse is that the NW Film Center has been able to pack the 33rd installment of their Reel Music Festival with those and other crowdfunded works that, like their subjects, deserve wider recognition and appreciation. Through Fri, Feb 13; see "Keep Your Eyes (and Ears) Open at Reel Music," Jan 13.


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