I would imagine most of you saw the lineup for the 2007 SXSW Film Festival already, but just in case you hadn't, the rumors were true. SILVER JEW will be world-premiering in Austin next month. While I was assured by Mr. Dentler that ours would be the only music-themed film in the festival (I was worried that we might get lost in the shuffle), it turns out that he went ahead and programmed one or two other music docs. Jerk. Oh well. It's too late to back out now.
In all seriousness, there couldn't be a better place to world premiere SILVER JEW than SXSW. While the film will certainly appeal to diehard fans of the band, and David Berman in general, I feel confident that it stands firmly on its own merits, sans Joos/DCB baggage. I just hope those who are on the fence about it will take the plunge. But if that fails, we at least know that there will be a core audience who will be anxiously attending each and every screening (if I hadn't been involved with this project at all, I would have been one of those anxious attendees).
This year's SXSW promises to be ridiculously fun. With a lineup that is stuffed with the work of good friends and friendly acquaintances, I feel like it's going to be a big ol' party. Here are a few notables:
Nate Meyer's PRETTY IN THE FACE
Craig Zobel's GREAT WORLD OF SOUND
Joe Swanberg's HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS
Ry Russo-Young's ORPHANS
Gary Hustwit's HELVETICA
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's KAMP KATRINA
Dean Budnick's WETLANDS PRESERVED: THE STORY OF AN ACTIVIST ROCK CLUB
And last, but certainly not least, Aaron Katz's QUIET CITY, which features yours truly in his big screen debut. Yes, that's right (don't worry, it's just for a quick minute). But removing myself from the equation, I can't wait to see QUIET CITY. After the magic that was DANCE PARTY USA, I have full confidence in Aaron's ability to craft something special with otherwise limited resources.
So start packing your bags for Austin. I'm going to stick around for the whole week once again, as I imagine our screening during the music festival will be well attended. Besides, I want to see all the good music that will certainly be spilling out of every backyard, bar, and club in town (Ola Podrida, The Ladybug Transistor, etc.).
This is just the beginning for SILVER JEW. I'll write more tomorrow about the glorious April that lies ahead. This spring is going to be fun-fun-fun-fun-fun. I sure hope you'll be there for some--if not all--of it!