Great concert doc, back on big screen

Jul 05, 2017
David Byrne sings in The Big Suit in “Stop Making Sense.”

Rockland — “Stop Making Sense” (1984, USA), a concert documentary about the band Talking Heads, will be presented as part of a nationwide celebration by art house theaters of late filmmaker Jonathan Demme Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.

Heralded by many as the greatest performance film of all time, “Stop Making Sense” was Demme’s documentary debut, showcasing the Talking Heads just after they achieved mainstream success with the album “Speaking in Tongues” and the single “Burning Down the House.” The film was made during a three-day concert gig by new-wave/pop-rock group — David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison — at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

A staunch lover of art house theaters, Demme made it his mission to champion independent films and connect audiences to the best that cinema had to offer. He also was one of the most innovative directors of our time, directing and producing more than 40 films over his 40-year career. Demme’s films were nominated for 19 Academy Awards, and won the Oscar for Best Director of “Silence of the Lambs.” Most recently, he created “Protection Not Protest: the People of Standing Rock,” a 20-minute short film for Tavis Smiley and PBS.

General admission tickets are $10, available at the door. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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