“Spring Into Music” series continues Tues., Apr. 19, with “Monterey Pop,” introduced & discussion moderated by Brendan Toller

Best Video Film & Cultural Center continues our April “Spring Into Music” film series with the classic documentary “Monterey Pop” on Tues., Apr. 19. The event will begin at 7 PM with an introduction by New Haven-based rock musician (Dust Hat) and documentarian (“Danny Says”) Brendan Toller, who will also lead a post-film discussion. Admission is $7.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

The series is sponsored by Greenberg Rhein & Margolis Insurance of Woodbridge, CT.

“Monterey Pop” is the 1968 documentary film directed by D.A. Pennebaker that commemorates the Monterey International Pop Festival of June, 1967. The Monterey Pop festival is well-known as the first of the major rock music festivals. It was the site of breakout performances by numerous acts, including the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s fiery US debut and stunning sets by Ravi Shankar, The Who, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company, and many more. Monterey set the idealistic and innocent tone for the so-called Summer of Love. Arguably, it was all downhill from there for the hippie counterculture.

Brendan Toller is a New York City and New Haven, CT based filmmaker, musician & artist. Brendan’s film work has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Wire, Pitchfork, The Onion and Dazed & Confused Korea.

Toller’s first feature documentary, “I Need That Record!” (featuring Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Ian MacKaye, and Noam Chomsky et al.) helped “…shape the “vinyl resurgence” in the 2000s, as it chronicled independent record stores and their importance in the digital age.” (Billboard)

Toller’s second feature film “Danny Says” chronicles the life and times of Danny Fields. Fields was a pivotal figure in music and culture of the late 20th century working in various roles with the Velvet Underground, the Doors, MC5, the Stooges, Patti Smith, the Ramones et al. In 2014, Danny Says was featured on the “Year in Kickstarter” next to “Reading Rainbow’s Huge Comeback” and “A Band Delivers Pizza to Space.”

“Danny Says” was acquired by Magnolia Pictures in 2016. The film was the first original selection for Art House Theater Day, an annual weekend celebration celebrating brick and mortar theaters across the US. The Danny Says theatrical and online release followed with openings in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and more.

Toller plays guitar and sings in the high-energy party rock ’n’ roll band Dust Hat. He also regularly takes a spin aty Cafe Nine with his DJ B the T Jr Shake ‘N’ Vibrate Dance Party.

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