King for Two Days Trailer from Couple 3 Films on Vimeo.

If you’ve never heard of Twin Cities’ drummer Dave King, you may have heard of one of his five bands. Yes, he’s in FIVE bands: Happy Apple, The Bad Plus, Golden Valley Is Now, Buffalo Collision, and the Dave King Trucking Company.

For two consecutive nights in March 2012, King allowed all of his musical worlds to collide at the Walker Art Center with a concert by each band. The result is this documentary, and total awesomeness. But what can you expect from a master percussionist with a ravenous appetite for collaboration, and the knack for writing fabulous song titles such as “The World Begins And Ends In Your Combover,” and “Keep The Bugs Off Your Glass And The Bears Off Your Ass”?

Directed by Noah Hutton (son of actors Debra Winger and Timothy Hutton), “King For 2 Days” let’s you marvel at the multi-genre drum mastery of King, as well as his wit and general likability. The onstage musical interactions are as beguiling as his backstage interactions are hilarious and endearing.

King For 2 Days plays tonight at 7 p.m., and is followed by a Q & A by Hutton and Dave King. Afterwards, Summit Brewing Co. sponsors a free afterparty down the block at Aster Cafe, where the Dave King Trucking Company will perform live!

Other Highlights: Monday, April 23

The Moon Is Jewish is a documentary that focuses on Pawel, an orthodox Jew in Poland who wasn’t always so orthodox. In fact, he used to be a skinhead. Screens as with Ub Lama (9:10 p.m.)

In Organic We Trust attempts to dig deep into the organic foods hype, debunk the idea of  the organic movement as the savior of the food industry. and show how the government and corporations have warped the public’s perception on the topic. Director Kiplin Pastor will be in attendance! (9:15 p.m.)

And if another food doc is what you crave, Sushi: The Global Catch is about the past, present and future of the sushi industry, and the ecological consequences of the world’s growing love of the raw delicacy. (7:30 p.m.)

For the festival schedule, and a complete listing of all the movies being shown, click here. Ticket information is available here.

For more of the WCCO Movie Blog’s coverage on the MSPIFF, click here.


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