Announcing the launch of the Red Poppy Art House’s new monthly film series, Red Reels!
Red Reels films will highlight the work of local and emerging filmmakers and expose audiences to diverse global traditions. Screenings will explore a unique interdisciplinary approach by incorporating real-time collaborations with artists from varying mediums like dance, painting, and live music. Future events will feature co-presentations with local Bay Area film festivals like the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, CounterCorp Festival, and the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival.
Red Reels will kick off Sunday, February 10th with a screening of Throw Down Your Heart, directed by Sascha Paladino. The film follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of banjo. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa – an Africa that is very different from what is often seen in the media today.
“[Throw Down Your Heart] demonstrates that no other language is needed when two people sit down with their instruments and make them sing.” – San Francisco Chronicle
February’s screening with feature a solo performance by Scott Mickelson of Fat Opie following the film.
Scott Mickelson is the singer/songwriter for San Francisco band Fat Opie. His narrative style continues to paint both musical and lyrical portraits of contemporary life as an American. The critically acclaimed new release Victoryville (2013) features his unique approach to the banjo in songs like “Crying In Spanish”. He first integrated the banjo on their CD “Hipsters, Freaks, Fags & Homeboys” (1995). The song “Bullets In My Briefcase” (1999) also written on the banjo, won a national band search sponsored by 7UP/(MTV). This included a prize of $15,000
Scott Mickelson– banjo & vox
“It’s American folk-Rock with a post punk edge, rustic but scarred.” – Alternative Press Magazine
$5-$15 admission. Doors at 6:00 pm. Film at 6:30 pm.