This past week was the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, and we were lucky enough to have updates from the festival every day.You can read previous updates from daysone,two,three,four, five,six, seven, and eight.
The Winding Stream, directed by Beth Harrington
Wicker Kittens, directed by Amy C. Elliott
Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, directed by Gabe Klinger
Two Step, directed by Alex R. Johnson
Attendance at the film venues dropped significantly after midweek, when the emphasis shifts to the music performances. Screenings continue, but many of my colleagues have already left town, having seen the high profile films. At one venue, a director quipped that half the audience was comprised of crew members who were there to be acknowledged during the Q&A.
Music films have their own category at the festival, with documentaries about Stax records in Memphis, Spandau Ballet, A$AP Rocky, Los Angeles's Stones Throw Records, Johnny Winter, Swedish House Mafia, Tennis Pro, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
In general, how much you enjoy a musical documentary is in direct proportion to your affection for its subject matter. So it is no surprise that Beth Harrington's The Winding Stream was my favorite film from the 24 Beats Per Second program. Johnny Cash's Live at Folsom Prison was the first album I ever owned, so a chronicle of Carter family with footage I had never seen of Cash discussing their influence was a real treat. (Note to kids: "albums" were flat, grooved discs of plastic that we used to listen to music on before there were iPods.)
Rosanne Cash also makes an appearance to talk openly about her mother's side of the family and to perform the song from which the film gets its ...