Any Night, Movie Night with Listen Up Film Series!

Any Night, Movie Night with Listen Up Film Series

By Lea Umberger

One of the projects I tackle each month is programming the Listen Up Film Series sponsored by Daddy Kool Records and No Clubs.

Listen Up Film Series has been going strong for almost 2 years (this July!) The concept: encourage and celebrate the independent spirit of film making, music and art by bringing the rich and raucous world of music and art house films to the Tampa Bay area.


From the beginning we have focused on featuring music documentaries and culture icons. The Hideaway Cafe in St Petersburg has been our home since we started this adventure, with shows the 2nd Monday of each Month.  We have been honored to partner with various organizations around St Pete (Keep St Pete Lit, Girls Rock St Pete, Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Carroway + Rose and more) as fundraiser / awareness events.  We have welcomed Paul Gavin and his trio, Kristopher James, and Anika Sky to take the stage as part of our Music + Movie Events and of course, we couldn’t have a Movie Night without our music loving MC – 88.5 WMNF’s  All Souls Scott Elliott!

Here are the films we have been honored to feature over the past 2 years:

2018 thru 2020 feature presentations



Since COVID came to town this past April, we jumped on ideas of how we could still bring movies to people each month.



A collection of free (whenever possible) films to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!


APRILWe Got The Blues– and featured 2 docs about blues music / history: Two Trains Runnin’ and GIP  available on VIA REEL SOUTH

MAYWe’re Diggin’ Thru – and featuring a collection of films for the vinyl lover including  All Things Must Pass –  2015, 94 minutes, English, Directed by Colin Hanks,  In Wax We Trust – 2016, 27 minutes, English with French Subtitles, Directed By Wax Tailor, D.T.T.C – Diggin’ through the Crates – 2019, 3 minutes, English and Diggin’ Thru Japan – 2020, 58 minutes, Japanese and English

JUNE– on the hunt right now…..



Listen Up Film Series + Daddy Kool Records are working with Magnolia Pictures to team up with YOU to support your favorite record store. You can help out while watching this movie from the safety of your home. When you buy a ticket on Daddy Kool’s unique webpage, 40% of the net proceeds will go directly to the record store.

Listen Up Films partners with Daddy Kool for virtual cinemaClick Title below to be taken to  the facebook event page for purchase!

Once We Were Brothers

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history. ONCE WERE BROTHERS blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more.

Good Ol’ Freda

GOOD OL’ FREDA Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. Here, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few films with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the music industry.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliot Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation.



Listen Up Film Series is waiting it out to see when we can be with you once again.  Until then, you can follow us on Facebook  or Instagram to learn all the latest events that are in the works!

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