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The Concert Doc

The Concert Doc

At the intersection of cinema, live music, and performance art, lies the concert documentary! In this class, we'll immerse ourselves in the creative drama that is musical artists collaborating on stage and with their audience in (more or less) one time and space.

Each of these films is both an archive & a portal, with the power to strike cultural chords across the decades. We'll explore how each film creates its own variation on this cinema of live art, and deepen our understanding of documentary film along the way — and of course, soak in some excellent musical performances!


3/5: Stop Making Sense (1984)
3/12: Sign O' the Times (1987)
3/19: Gimme Shelter (1970)
3/26: Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé (2019)

This class will be taught by Max Swanson, a filmmaker/performer, writer, educator, and organizer based in Portland, OR. They currently also teach at NW Doc and PSU, and work as a freelance story consultant. They are also a co-producer of the local drag and art collaborative Max & Mars Present.

Films will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will begin on Tuesday, March 5th, and be held each Tuesday through the 26th, at 6:30pm.
Class size will be limited to 18.

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In general, the Hollywood Theatre does not provide content advisories about the subject matter shown in our theatre. Films exhibited don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Hollywood Theatre. Information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media and