Milan Records operates in a niche, yet its diverse boundaries seem endless: Specializing in film soundtracks, along with Latin, electronic and generally uncategorizable musical varieties, Milan embraces the ambient nature of music like no other label. Accordingly, a Milan-inspired film festival is a complete no-brainer: Such a purveyor of music for film would surely present films about music, as well. A trio of Milan's recent music-film titles will screen this week at Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli, 900 Auraria Parkway, under the banner of a Film & Frequency mini-festival that covers a lot of miles in the space of three movies.
The first film, Sanctuary, offers a portrait of Hollywood composer and solo musician Lisa Gerrard, whose career was kick-started in the '80s by her stint as a member of the Australian band Dead Can Dance. Part biography and part concert flick, the film is studded with high-profile interviews and plenty of performance footage. In contrast, Screaming Masterpiece is a raucous overview of the eclectic and extremely individualistic Icelandic music scene, introduced to the rest of the world by such artists as Björk, the Sugarcubes, Sigur Rós and others. And Brasileirinho, a sort of Brazilian Buena Vista Social Club in spirit, traces the roots of Brazil's choro music (a lovely nineteenth-century Rio-based mishmash of traditional and urban influences that's undergone a contemporary revival) through informal musical interludes and interviews with some of modern Brazil's finest choro musicians.
Travel afar, both geographically and sonically, at screenings scheduled today through August 30; admission is $5.75 to $8.75 per film. For information and showtimes, call 303-820-3456 or go to www.starzfilmcenter.com.