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Images And Sounds Of Post-Rock

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 12, 2012 4:00PM

2012_10_12parallaxsounds.jpg Allow us to quote Hannibal: we love it when a plan comes together. Especially when it involves an impressionistic documentary featuring some of our favorite musicians, many of them Chicagoans, such as Steve Albini, Ken Vandermark, Ian Williams, Damon Locks, David Grubbs.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, the completed documentary Parallax Sounds will have a pair of screenings at the Siskel this weekend. Described as "part evocative city symphony, part in-depth look at Chicago’s role in the movement of post-rock music of the 1990s," Augusto Contento's movie includes an original soundtrack spotlighting the cream of the crop of Chicago post-rock: Vandermark, Grubbs, John Herndon, Wayne Montana, Jason Adasiewicz, Terrie Hessels, and Nate Wooley. It has previously screened at the Reykjavik International Film Festival and at La Gaité Lyrique in Paris, and next year will even get a theatrical release in Germany. (Request: please hire Werner Herzog to dub Steve Albini into German.)

Parallax Sounds plays 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Andrea Raos, Deputy Cultural Attaché, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, will introduce the film on Saturday.