Published Apr 23, 2015This summer, Calgary will once again be inundated with music, film, comedy and art during Sled Island Music and Arts Festival. We've learned a great deal about the fest's musical programming, and organizers have now unveiled plans for its film contingent.
In total, the fest will screen four films as it runs from June 24 to 28. As always, they've all got a musical focus.
First up is A City Is an Island, a documentary about Montreal that compares Quebec's French-speaking identity with its surge of English-speaking artists. The film features music from Mac DeMarco, Colin Stetson, AIDS Wolf, Patrick Watson, Tonstartssbandht, Tim Hecker, Spencer Krug and others.
Danny Says received a great deal of praise at SXSW earlier this year, and follows the life of Danny Fields. The Harvard dropout worked with the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed and others, and ended up managing MC5, the Stooges and the Ramones. In addition to screening the film, Sled will bring out Fields and filmmaker Brendan Toller for the fest.
Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar is performing at Sled Island, and he'll also screen his film Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazoughai. Translating to "Rain the Colour of Red with a Little Blue In It," the film's title aptly describes its contents. It's a bizarre homage to Purple Rain.
Finally, the fest will screen Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll. The film explores Cambodia's music scene during the tumultuous late '60s and early '70s.
For a reminder of Sled's full list of announced performers so far, go here. To purchase passes or find other official information, be sure to hit up the Sled Island website.