The Farmington Civic Theater has partnered with KickstART Farmington for the nonprofit’s first fall film series.

The Farmington Civic Theater has partnered with KickstART Farmington for the nonprofit’s first fall film series.

Photo by Jonathan Shead


KickstART Farmington kicks off new fall film series

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published September 10, 2019

 “Amazing Grace,” “May it Last” and “Parallel Love” are the three films featured in KickstART Farmington’s “Love in the Songs” fall film series.

“Amazing Grace,” “May it Last” and “Parallel Love” are the three films featured in KickstART Farmington’s “Love in the Songs” fall film series.

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FARMINGTON — A new fall film series, “Love in the Songs,” hosted by KickstART Farmington and the Greater Farmington Film Festival, is coming to the Farmington Civic Theater on select dates.

The film series will feature three documentaries, each telling the biographical stories of musicians. The series is sponsored by School of Rock Farmington and Thistle Rose Academy of Arts.

On Sept. 11, the series will present “Amazing Grace,” a story chronicling Aretha Franklin’s time recording her live gospel record in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

On Oct. 16, “May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” will premiere, telling the tale of the brothers’ rise to fame while they experienced the quintessential stepping stones of life — marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness and more.

On Nov. 13, a showing of “Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury” will take viewers through the lives of Georgia band Luxury and the trials they faced in their attempts to make music. All of the movies will start at 7 p.m.

Dwayne Hayes, the executive director of KickstART Farmington, said the nonprofit has wanted to do a fall film series for years, but this is the first year they had the resources to pursue it.

When Hayes set out to put this series together, he said, he knew movies with musical themes did well at the Greater Farmington Film Festival, and he knew music biopics have been popular, especially of late.

“In the 21st century, it’s clear that there’s continued interest in consuming the lives of musicians on film,” said Jesse Schlotterbeck, an associate professor of cinema and narrative journalism at Denison University. “It makes sense that studios are interested in financing these films, since they have a built-in audience in the millions of fans who are already devotees of Queen, Elton John or Aretha Franklin.

“They also function to introduce this music to a new audience as well. … A prominent film can facilitate the millennial generation or even young audience members to take the time to listen to a lot of these older songs,” she added.

Hayes hopes the series will give audience members a chance to hear new music, learn about a new artist or reinvest their attention into an artist they may have forgotten about.

“I think that’s going to be one of the effects of these films,” he said. “I hope participants take away a little joy in their lives from seeing these movies. I want them to take away joy and to want to hear more and delve more into the music of these artists.”

As people consume media, like music and movies,  more often through one device these days, Schlotterbeck said the popularity of musical films “makes increasing sense.”

“A viewer could watch the new Elton John biopic on their smart TV and then immediately after purchase a number of his songs, all on the same device,” she said.

While finding and watching these movies could be done from an iPad or a TV at home, Hayes still hopes people will take advantage of this opportunity to watch these movies on the big screen.

“It’s one thing to watch something on your iPad or TV at home, but to have the opportunity to see and hear these movies on the big screen is a unique experience that’s further enhanced by the fun of doing it in the communion of other viewers as well.”

Tickets for each film cost $6 and will be available at the box office the day of the show. Series passes for all three films are available for $15 online. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kickstartfarmington.org/2019/08/14/love-in-the-songs-music-movies.

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