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Beautiful Noise

Notoriously press-shy shoegaze acts like My Bloody Valentine, the Cocteau Twins, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, along with frequent gabbers including Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan, shine a light on the sonic innovations of late 20th-century rock.
Schedule
May 31, 2014
Saturday
9:15 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Director Eric Green and producer Sarah Ogletree scheduled to attend

June 1, 2014
Sunday
9:15 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed

Director Eric Green and producer Sarah Ogletree scheduled to attend

Saturday May 31 screening on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

Beautiful Noise is an in-depth exploration of the dense, sensuous, and extremely loud movement in popular music, which was pejoratively named “shoegaze” by the British press. Tracing its influences back to the Cocteau Twins’ ethereal ambiance and the Jesus and Mary Chain’s brash guitar sound, the film explores how bands like My Bloody Valentine fused these two disparate sounds together to create a distinctive, new musical style. Acts including Slowdive, Ride, and Lush furthered the genre's ideals of sonic experimentation without the grandiose stage personas of traditional pop stars. First-time director Eric Green scores a coup by getting this notoriously press shy bunch to open up about their music and experiences: the class politics behind the genre’s poor treatment in the British press, My Bloody Valentine's infamous falling out with Creation Records, and how that band defied the rules to become sonic innovators whose music is only now receiving its due respect. These interviews are woven together with rare archival footage and testimonials from other music icons—including Trent Reznor and the Cure’s Robert Smith—to tell the story of a group of bands that aspired to not simply have a hit song for one week, but to make music that would change lives forever.

Director Biography

Eric Green is an author of short stories, poems, screenplays, and articles. He has written his first novel and directed his first film, both slated for release in 2014.

Sponsored by EMP Museum, KEXP 90.3 FM, Silver Platters

Director: Eric Green
Principal Cast: Kevin Shields, Jim Reid, Robin Guthrie, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Robert Smith, Wayne Coyne
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 87 minutes
Producer: Eric Green, Sarah Ogletree
Screenplay: Eric Green
Cinematographers: Eric Green, Sarah Ogletree, Christopher A. Otwell
Editors: Sarah Ogletree
Music: Brad Laner
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
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