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Treefort: Film Series Hits Big Screen Friday and Sunday

Music-related films show at the Egyptian Theatre


Clarke Howell is a double-threat at Treefort. In fact, a scant few minutes after his film Bands of 208 wraps at the Egyptian Theatre Sunday, March 24, he'll hoof it over to The Crux, where he'll perform a solo gig as Clarke and the Himselfs.

"I always had a fascination with film," said the Boise native, who splits his time between his second home of New Orleans. "I really picked up film and music about the same time."

Bands of 208 is a North End-centric documentary, chronicling the house show scene at three locations: Grandma's House, Baby Sale and the 208 House. The film features the music of La Knots, Vagerfly, Sword of a Bad Speller and a dozen more.

"It was the summer of 2009 and I recognized there was something special happening," Howell said. "Boise's house music flourishes in waves; 2009 was not the first time that it ever happened. I'm sure it happened in the late '80s and again in the '90s, but it flourished again in 2009, incredibly so."

Howell said his doc's inspiration transcends Boise.

"It illustrates a moment of time, an explosion of creativity in a small town," he said. "It's sort of a time capsule."

Bands of 208 is one of two films that Howell will screen as part of the Treefort Film Series--a slate of films and videos splashing the Egyptian Theatre's big screen Friday, March 22, and Sunday, March 24.

Howell's most recent directorial effort, The Taxpayers Go To Florida, follows Portland, Ore.-based band The Taxpayers on its escape from a Pacific Northwest winter to a 10-day crawl up and down the Sunshine State.

"They're a really genuine group and my goal was to capture them in the most entertaining documentary I could make," said Howell.

Other entries include director Zach Voss' Road to Treefort series and Dave Grohl's Sound City, which visits a dilapidated recording studio that once hosted Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Tom Petty and others.