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Mill Valley Film Festival highlights Berkeley director

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Berkeley filmmaker Steven Okazaki won an Academy Award in 1991 for Days of Waiting, a short film about Estelle Ishigo, a Caucasian artist who went with her Japanese-American husband to a World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans. Three of his other films, focusing on the  legacy of the World War II era on Japanese Americans, have also been nominated for Oscars.

Now Okazaki has turned his attention to the music of Nels Cline, one of the country’s most accomplished guitarists and a member of the band Wilco.

Shot entirely inside Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Approximately Nels Cline is an examination of every aspect of the guitarist. The short documentary shows Cline playing electric and acoustical guitar, improvising, and performing traditional and experimental music. The film — Okazaki’s first music documentary — explores Cline’s genius and sense of adventure and showcases his “fearless experimental spirit.”

“It’s not your typical music documentary,” said Okazaki. “It’s about musicianship and the collaborative hard work of playing great music.” … Continue reading »

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Wilco plays Berkeley’s Greek Theatre: Win free tickets

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Original story: Wilco is coming to the Greek this weekend — Friday Sept. 21 and Saturday Sept. 22 at 7:30pm — and Berkeleyside has three pairs of tickets to give away to our readers for Friday’s show!

Apart from being a damn fine alternative rock band, Wilco is a classy operation with a list as long as a very long arm of causes it supports — from the American Red Cross, to the Woody Guthrie Foundation. They’re also making a point on their current tour of encouraging their fans to register to vote in the upcoming elections.

All you need to do is answer the three trivia questions below and email them to tips@berkeleyside.com before tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 20, at 5:00pm. Include your full name, and, if you’re one of the first three to come in with all three correct answers, you’re set for a great night out in one of the country’s most beautiful outdoor music venues.  … Continue reading »

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