COMING UP: ‘Kicking and Screening’ (Sound City) at Static Gallery, 17-19 May 2012

As part of Match Day, Liverpool Sound City will be bringing ‘Kicking and Screening’ to Liverpool. Founded in 2009, ‘Kicking and Screening’ Football Film Festival (K+S) is an annual global series of festivals dedicated to engaging, connecting, and inspiring football fans and film enthusiasts through the celebration and presentation of football culture.  Beyond film screenings, K+S festivals include special guests, panel discussions, gala parties, photography, football-themed literature, and other events, all combining to create a unique cultural experience that both reveals and enhances football’s cultural significance.

Films to be screened:

Brooklyn Boheme
Brooklyn Boheme is a love letter to a vibrant African American artistic community who resided in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Brooklyn during the 80s and 90s that included the great Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams, Lorna Simpson, Talib Kweli just to name a few. Narrated and written by Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this feature length documentary celebrates “Brooklyn’s equivalent of the Harlem Renaissance” and follows the rise of a new kind of African American artist, the Brooklyn Boheme.

Argentina Fútbol
The battle between historic Buenos Aires clubs Boca Juniors and River Plate is not just a game; it is an enduring struggle for identity. In the days preceding each Superclásico, as the rivalry match is called, anticipation builds among players and fans alike. For these fanatics, the game means everything. It symbolizes strength, unity, and power. They want respect. They want honor. They want to win. Argentina Fútbol Club provides an intimate look at the cultural impact of this rivalry for the players who compete in it, the fans who cheer it on, and, ultimately, the country that lives for it.

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the NY Cosmos
In 1977, 77,691 people filed into New Jersey’s Giants Stadium to watch a football game. And that’s football football, not the American version. The reason? The NY Cosmos: Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Chinaglia, rock ‘n’ roll soccer, Studio 54, Mick Jagger in the changing rooms, the excess of New York City in the ‘70s and the spectacular rise and fall of one of the most famed sporting experiments in history. Or as former Cosmos, Shep Messing put it, “We were as big as the Yankees and bigger than the Giants.”

The Last Proletarians of Football
They were common workers who trained for a few hours after working and then went on to beat the top teams in Europe. The Last Proletarians of Football is the story of the Swedish Model and how Sven-Göran Eriksson’s IFK Göteborg used it to shake European football to the very core in the 1980s. But more than the beating of Hamburg, Kaiserslautern and Barcelona, the tale of the Swedish amateurs is also one about the changing face of Swedish culture, the decline of collectivistism and the end of a working class ideal.

Also taking place Saturday 19th May is the now legendary John Peel World Cup in its new home of Liverpool One Chavasse Park. Located next to the Liverpool Sound City conference centre at the Hilton, across the road from the Expo at the Liverpool Echo Arena, and a stones throw from the gigs, The John Peel World Cup brings together the best of Liverpool Sound City – music and football. Flanked by live music programmed by Liverpool Sound City at Liverpool One, the John Peel World Cup will feature 16 teams made of bands and industry professionals, including: Spiel/K+S, Umbro, Liverpool One, Tea Street Band, Kids In Glass Houses, Ghostpoet, The Kill Van Kulls, Pete And The Harmonics, Bido Lito!, D/R/U/G/S, ‘80s Casuals, with more TBC. Funds raised from the event go to the British Heart Foundation, in memory of John Peel, whose two great loves were music and Liverpool FC. 

The full schedule:

Thursday 17th May:

18:00 – Table football tournament – in association with CALM

19:45 – Argentina Fútbol

Friday 18th May:

18:00 – Brooklyn Boheme 

19:45 – Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the NY Cosmos 

Saturday 19th May:

Noon – 17:00 – The John Peel World Cup

18:00 – The Last Proletarians of Football

From 19.30 – The UEFA Champions League final live – Bayern Munich vs Chelsea, with guests and live pundits plus the JPWC awards presentation ceremony.

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