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Part of Doc Stories film series

A Tribute to the Non-Fiction Films of Martin Scorsese

4 Nov
Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Martin Scorsese is expected to attend.


While he is beloved for his epic fiction features, Martin Scorsese’s non-fiction films are among his best work. Whether depicting tales of American life, illuminating the history of cinema, or capturing the exuberant spirit of contemporary music, his documentaries are insightful and often playful, revealing his curiosity and passion. We are thrilled to be welcoming this master filmmaker for an onstage conversation about his documentary work following a screening of his latest imaginative hybrid.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
(Martin Scorsese, USA 2019, 142 min)
In the summer of 1975, Bob Dylan embarked on a tour across a divided America with a group of entertainers including Joan Baez, Sam Shepard, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Allen Ginsberg. Using a wealth of gorgeously restored onstage and behind-the-scenes footage from the time and contemporary interviews with subjects both real and fictional, including the first on-camera interview with Bob Dylan in over a decade, Scorsese concocts a mischievous mix of fact and fantasy that explores the boundaries of both artistic self-invention and documentary film.

“Dylan obsessives will obviously be in heaven — gasping at the sparks that fly when old flame Joan Baez touches the folk legend’s shoulder, awing at what happens during an impromptu party at Gordon Lightfoot’s house, and observing a holy silence throughout the sustained long take in which Dylan and witchy violinist Scarlet Rivera crush ‘A Simple Twist of Fate’ — but the film digs so deep into its strange bag of tricks that even non-fans and neophytes are liable to be caught in its spell.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Director Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is an Academy Award-winning director and one of the most influential filmmakers working today. Scorsese has directed numerous acclaimed documentaries including the Peabody Award winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) and Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia (2010); as well as Italianamerican (1974), The Last Waltz (1978), A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies (1995), Il Mio Viaggio in Italia (SFFILM Festival 2002), Public Speaking (2010), and George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011), for which Scorsese received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. Scorsese co-directed The 50-Year Argument in 2014 with his long time documentary editor David Tedeschi. He has directed numerous award-winning films including Mean Streets (SFFILM Festival 1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), which won an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture, and Hugo (2011) for which he received a Golden Globe for Best Director. Scorsese is the founder and chair of the Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 142

Country USA

Director Martin Scorsese

Producer Margaret Bodde, Jeff Rosen

Editor Damian Rodriguez, David Tedeschi

Cinematographer Howard Alk, Paul Goldsmith, Ellen Kuras, David Myers