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Big Sky Film Series Looks to End Year With Pop-Culture Focus

After a successful series of screenings in the first half of the year, the Big Sky Film Series is looking to end with a number of interesting takes on the pop-culture world we find ourselves living in everyday.

The films, each one of them free to attend for the public, range in focus from a look at the life and times of punk powerhouses The Ramones to an intimate portrait piece of Jerry Seinfeld.

Situated at the iconic (and remodeled) Top Hat Lounge every Monday night, the final line up for 2013 promises to have the Big Sky Film Series ending on a high note.

Nov 25 –END OF THE CENTURY (2003)
One of the most beloved and influential bands at the leading edge of the punk scene of the 1970s, the Ramones hardly need an introduction. END OF THE CENTURY, named after the 1980 Phil Spector-produced Ramones album, is an exhaustive and no-holds-bared dive into one of the most compelling bands in history. Take Johnny Ramone’s word for it: “It’s a very dark movie. It’s accurate. It left me disturbed.”

Dec 2 – DOWNLOADED (2013)
A study of perhaps the biggest game-changer in music-consumption history, DOWNLOADED takes aim at the advent of Napster, its founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, and the digital-sharing revolution of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Featuring interviews with a star-studded lineup of musicians and music-industry titans, the New York Times calls it “a fascinating story about how college students harnessed the Internet to enable people to trade favorite songs, and how a blindsided music industry, ignorant of the Web’s potential, effectively shut them down.”

Dec 9 – JOY DIVISION (2007)
Who’s to know the heights British post-punk band Joy Division may have reached, were it not for epileptic lead singer Ian Curtis’ suicide on the eve of the band’s first American tour in 1980. JOY DIVISION is British filmmaker Grant Gee’s immersive portrait of the band and of the late-70s scene in Manchester, England, the town from whence they sprang.

A tale so wild and strange it could have been a first-class mockumentary save for the fact it’s all true, ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL tracks the most legendary metal band to never make it big, as the aging Canadian rockers record their 13th album and take one last shot at the brass ring. Called “the greatest movie ever made about rock ‘n’ roll” by The London Times and “the most stirring release of the year” by The New Yorker, this is one movie true rock fans can’t afford to miss.

Dec 23 – TBD

Dec 30 – COMEDIAN (2002)
Fresh off the most insanely successful sitcom in the history of the universe, Jerry Seinfeld went back to stand-up comedy in the late 90’s. Directed by Christian Charles, COMEDIAN is a comprehensive look not only at Seinfeld’s subsequent international comedy tour but also at the struggles and self-doubt that lurk behind even the most famous comedians in the world.

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