Skip to main content

Salem Film Fest

Films about Music

The auditorium is dark, the screen is bright, and toes are tapping.

Friday, March 7, 2014


OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON tells the story of the birth and success of avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE - An eccentric New York brass band, a virtuosic group of struggling Roma Gypsies and reigning Serbian champions converge with half a million fans and transcend political and ethnic borders at the world's largest trumpet festival in Guča, Serbia.


MY PRAIRIE HOME takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey through Rae Spoon’s queer and musical coming of age, set against majestic images of the Canadian prairies’ infinite expanses.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


ELEKTRO MOSKVA showcases Russia’s “electronic history” – from the Theremin and the synthesizer to the bugging devices of the KGB. Inspired by spherical-cosmic chill-out sounds and experimental tapestries of noise, collectors and tinkerers rave about the quasi-futuristic devices. This “electromagnetic fairytale” provides the first concise analysis of the Soviet and pre-Soviet Union’s electronic music, but ELEKTRO MOSKVA is much more than just a music film.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, “brotherhood” is literal: they’re all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran, who raised them on Chicago’s tough South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Now, as they negotiate their own careers, the brothers must decide whether their father’s principles really are their own.