Echotone

Run Time: 88 min. | United States | Language: English


With live performance by Dana Falconberry

Trailer link: http://echotonefilm.com/trailers.html

Director: Nathan Christ
Cinematographer: Robert Garza
Producers: Nathan Christ, Justin Gilley, Nicholas Jayanty, Victor Moyers, Dániel Perlaky
Editors: Nathan Christ and Robert Garza
Running time: 88 minutes

Echotone is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of the creative class. A modern parable on integrity, this critically acclaimed music documentary explores the lives of Black Joe Lewis, Ghostland Observatory, the Black Angels and other musicians grappling to make a living through their work without selling out.

Michelle Orange of the Village Voice writes: “The live music scene that draws artists of all stripes to Austin, Texas, and the corporate and residential interests capitalizing on the city’s perceived vitality are the subject of Echotone, Nathan Christ’s loose but lucid survey of a delicate cultural ecosystem. Embedded in the film’s showcasing of local acts such as Belaire and Black Joe Lewis is the downsizing of their ambitions in the wake of the implosion of not just label heavyweights but also the larger cultural marketplace. The ghostly ambassador of that paradigm shift is Bill Baird, the magnetically awkward experimental rocker who emerged from a label deal gone wrong with a new band and a few rungs under his eyes. A touchstone for Christ’s roving, discursive approach to the story of an artistic community reckoning with an influx of both competitors who vie for limited venue space and buzz kills who lobby for noise ordinances, Baird’s worn ambivalence is a poignant contrast to Lewis’s hustle. Too vital for elegy, Echotone tells an old story whose beginning—the inception of a vibrant creative hub—remains mysterious, although the end is easy to predict.”

2010
Category: Documentary - Performing Arts
Screenings
Nov. 10, 2011
10:00 PM
Echotone River Oaks Landmark Buy Ticket