It Came from Aquarius Records [In-Person Only]
SCREENING AT NWFF (1515 12th Ave):
Wednesday, July 19 at 7pm
$14 General • $10 Student/Senior • $7 NWFF Member
FREE POST-SCREENING PARTY AT THE RUNAWAY (1425 10th Ave):
Wednesday, July 19 at 9pm
After the film, DJ Veins (Obscenely Obscure) will be spinning underground music that captures the spirit of Aquarius Records
Featuring an in-person Q+A and discussion with director Kenneth Thomas
(Kenneth Thomas, US, 2022, 110 min, in English)
** Pacific Northwest premiere! **
The award-winning, third music documentary in Kenneth Thomas’s trilogy about indie music culture, It Came from Aquarius Records is an “affectionate cinematic tribute” (The Wire Magazine) that explores the history and last days of the San Francisco-based independent record shop, which helped shape the tastes of Bay Area residents and beyond for nearly a half a century.
If you are a fan of any independently released music — indie rock, psychedelic, folk, krautrock, weirdo Finnish prog rock, Japanese noise, glitchy black metal, or anything that makes you feel like you’ve discovered a musical diamond in the rough — there’s a chance you directly or indirectly found out about it through Aquarius Records.
Having your mind blown by hearing something you’ve never heard before was a regular occurrence at Aquarius. The store influenced and enriched countless peoples’ musical tastes with their curated selections — but this film also shows the realities of an indie record store trying to survive in an increasingly difficult market of brick-and-mortar music shops, especially in the ever-changing and price-gouging Mission District of San Francisco. The store closed in 2016 after 47 years of championing underground and experimental sounds and turning the world onto sound and music of limitless varieties, some of which ended up exploding in popularity out of multiple independent music scenes.
Over 60 interviews, conducted over six years, are included in this film: all of the store owners dating back to 1970, other record store owners from around the world, musicians, label heads, music journalists, and INTENSE music collectors. A few of these folks include Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Emil Amos (Grails, Om, Holy Sons), Aaron Turner (Sige Records, Sumac, Isis), Ty Segall, Howie Klein, Marissa Nadler, and Liz Harris (Grouper).
Synopsis and stills courtesy of Kenneth Thomas. Poster design by Savage Pencil.
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