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Every year, the Sundance Film Festival hosts an impressive number of independent films, documentaries, and short films from all around the world. Titles like The Usual Suspects, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Napoleon Dynamite, Super-Size Me, Saw, and Little Miss Sunshine have all found success at the world-renowned festival. So it’s no surprise that this years line-up is definitely keeping with that reputation. A number of documentaries, including the Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead tribute Long Strange Trip and Jeff Orlowski’s follow-up to his 2012 Chasing Ice feature, Chasing Coral, have already premiered to great praise from festival attendees and critics alike. At the same time, a number of films have already been purchased for distribution, including Patti Cake$ by former doorman-turned-filmmaker Wass Stevens, which sold to Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million! Here are a few of the festival entries that have caught our eye for expanded release. We’ll post more information about domestic releases as we get further into the year. Continue reading
Sarah White finished off 2016 with the release of a new video for her record titled “Sweet Song.” Directed by Jovante Williams, the visual is striking to say the least. White’s voice glides over the dynamic instrumental holding all parts together like an adhesive. Cameos abound, the visual’s climax sees Sarah and her companion (deM atlaS) enthralled in each other, until finally giving into the electric energy around them. Check out the video for yourself above and keep an eye out for more from Sarah White.
Despite popular belief, the city of Detroit is going through quite the renaissance, new minds and artists of all walks are helping to bring the city back from the depths. One such group helping to bring national attention to Detroit’s budding music scene is Gosh Pith, a duo whose music is pretty hard to confine to a box. A few weeks ahead of their upcoming “Gold Chain” tour, they dropped the video for their most recent release “K9.” The cinematic visual draws the viewer in instantly, the record only cements the overall experience as you watch the story unfold. Gosh Pith will be releasing their new EP, Gold Chain, on February 26th; check out more of their music below and stay tuned for more info regarding their tour.
Every year the Toronto International Film Festival serves as one of the major international film festivals that close out the fiscal year, and this year’s festival is sure to feature an excellent celebration of Oscar-worthy filmmaking. Toronto’s film festival is usually filled with entries seen earlier in the year at festivals like Sundance and Cannes, but it also brings its own special line-up to its audience. This year several highly anticipated films will have the honor of being shown during the festivities, most notably the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon‘s next space adventure following Interstellar titled The Martian, and one I personally am really excited to see, another biopic called Trumbo with Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) in the title role of McCarthy-era screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose film credits were published under various pseudonyms over the years after he was blacklisted during Senator McCarthy’s famous Communist-trials in the 1950s. The festival will play host to several other biographically oriented films as well, especially centering on figures in the music industry, including a Janis Joplin documentary titled Janis: Little Girl Blue, another documentary chronicling Aretha Franklin‘s famous 1972 album Amazing Grace, and Miss Sharon Jones, which follows the soul-singer during a time in her life when she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer just before the release of a new album and pending tour. I Saw The Light is another music-biopic following the life of Hank Williams (Sr.) which also looks to be pretty promising. Some other notable names that caught our eye include Spotlight (which we’ve been following for some time now), following the Boston Globe reporters that uncovered the sex-scandal in the Catholic Church involving priests and young male students in 2004, and Beasts of No Nation, which will actually see only a temporary theatrical run as it will be available on Netflix shortly thereafter. Some other big highlights that I would recommend include The Lobster with Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and John C. Reilly, Legend, starring Tom Hardy as gangster identical-twin brothers in 1950s England, and Kill Your Friends starring Nicholas Hoult as a London A&R executive trying to rise to the top of the 1990s British pop-music scene. All of these are sure to be great entries, but there are, of course, many more that I have not had time to mention here. A full list of this year’s entries can be found at the link below, and if you find yourself in Toronto anytime this September 10th-20th, be sure to check out a couple of these entries…you won’t regret it!!!
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, May 6th @ 7:30PM
As the weather starts to heat up, one can’t help but think of the approaching summer months. With Soundset, Memory Lanes’ Block Party, Art-A-Whirl and more all going down in May; we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Tonight, Pornonono, Jon Jones, and Gospel Machine will play what might be one of the sexiest shows in quite some time. This might not be the show to hit up if you’re trying to “turn up”, but it could definitely take your date night to the next level. The event is 18+ and tickets are on sale now for only $6, click the link below to grab yours now.
We recently received Fort Wilson Riot’s latest single “Easy Way” and we’ve got to say, these guys are definitely growing into something special. A groovy, free spirited record, “Easy Way” is spot on for the current upswing in warm weather. The record features a horn section that’ll have you jumping out of your seat, the instrumentation is how you say, completely one with the vocals. Every time I receive an e-mail from these guys I know what’s inside will lift my spirits and “Easy Way” does exactly that; a song that will no doubt have people from age 4 up to 65 dancing and smiling this summer. Fort Wilson Riot is currently in the midst of an onslaught of live performances including May 15th @ The Third Bird and May 23rd @ Memory Lanes’ Block Party. Check out “Easy Way” below and be on the look out for more from these guys, we’ll definitely be watching.
Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, February 15th @ 7:30PM
The guys from Cherub had a hell of a year in 2014. After gaining slots on more festivals to count, the duo is back with their official tour. They’ll be hitting up First Ave’s main room tomorrow for those looking to keep the flame lit. They’ll be joined by Mystery Skulls and ForteBowie, rounding out what should be a good show. The event is 18+ and tickets are still available for $15 ($17 @ Door), click the link below to grab yours now.
Last week, St. Paul’s thestandard linked up with New York based FADER Mag on their weekly mix session. The mix is joined by a short interview and features original remixes from Psymun, as well as a few unheard releases. Some of the artists you’ll hear include FKA Twigs, Chester Watson, Kevin Abstract, Bad Bad Hats, and some newness from Corbin (Spooky Black), Bobby Raps, and K.Raydio. At an hour long, this is definitely something good to just press play and listen to, click the link below for the interview and make sure to check out the mix.