Sound and Vision

It’s summer at Amherst Cinema, and that can only mean one thing—time to shake a tail feather with Sound & Vision, our annual celebration of music culture in film.

Join us for lyrical documentaries and narratives from across the globe, spanning myriad musical genres and with special guests joining select screenings.

In late 2022, Ryuichi Sakamoto gifted the world one final performance: an intimate concert film featuring just him and his piano. Curated by Sakamoto himself, the twenty pieces played here wordlessly tell the story of his life and his wide-ranging oeuvre. A New York Times Critic's Pick.
Wed, 7/17
Sat, 7/20
Emerging from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora community of 1971 London, funk band Cymande’s message of peace and love sailed beyond Britain’s shores and helped shape music for five decades. Presented in partnership with Peace & Rhythm. Afterparty at White Lion Taproom with DJs Bongohead and Snack Attack spinning vinyl.
Wed, 7/24
This doc shares the never-before-told story of folk-rock icon Judee Sill, who, in just two years, went from living in a car to appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone. The film features Linda Ronstadt, Fleet Foxes, Weyes Blood, and more.
Wed, 7/31
Elizabeth Ai was on a mission to excavate an untold story of the Vietnamese American punk scene in 1980s Orange County, California—until she rediscovered a hidden past, revealing broken dreams and unfulfilled expectations that shaped her community and her family.
Wed, 8/7
Jack Nicholson co-wrote this kaleidoscopic satire, which is oh-so-more than just a vehicle for The Monkees. Media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar rallying cry all at once, this surreal, late-’60s spectacle is a total trip.
Wed, 8/14
ONE HAND DON’T CLAP captures the vibrant story of calypso and the emergence of soca, through the eyes of two legendary artists, Lord Kitchener, the Grandmaster of the music and Calypso Rose, the first woman to break through in a traditionally male arena. Afterparty at White Lion Taproom with DJ Trends.
Wed, 8/21
Tom Reney, host of NEPM's Jazz à la Mode, joins us to introduce the film. Anchored by an incisive interview with its then 72-year-old subject, ARTIE SHAW: TIME IS ALL YOU'VE GOT looks back on the five-decade career of "King of the Clarinet” Artie Shaw (1910-2004), one of the most popular stars of the 1930s and '40s Swing era.
Wed, 8/28
This documentary provides an inside look at The Elephant 6 Recording Co., the ‘90s music collective that launched Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Apples in Stereo, and other influential indie rock bands.
Wed, 9/4
One of African cinema’s first musicals is a sui generis amalgam of historical epic, Broadway revue, Brechtian theater, and joyous agitprop, set on an enormous mock slave ship and interrogating more than three centuries of imperialist oppression. New 4K restoration!
Wed, 9/11
Guitarist Bill Nace, one half of the duo Body/Head with Kim Gordon, joins us to live score a program of experimental film shorts curated by Josh Guilford, Assistant Professor of English in Film and Media Studies at Amherst College. More info TBA. Presented in partnership with Amherst College.
Wed, 9/18