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Tuesday, March 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Heard But Not Seen: Capturing Music History Cinematically

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Music films have an advantage of always having a natural climax. Poor/gifted/unexpected person or band possesses life-changing talents; may or may not become famous and may or may not hold on to fame. It's either an uplifting tale or a tragedy worth telling. No matter which ending, music films, both documentaries and biographical pictures, have grown wildly popular among audiences and filmmakers in recent years. This panel will explore how music of the 20th century is best captured cinematically: which storytelling vehicles are producers and directors using to best establish the historical record on film. We'll discuss a number of recent pictures that try to shake up the form of the music film. These include films as diverse as 'When You're Strange', the recent paean to The Doors that eschews recollections for living in the moment of the '60s through found footage, and 'This Movie is Broken', which tries to interweave a fictional tale with the music of the band Broken Social Scene. We'll analyze whether music films evolving as their own unique filmmaking niche and discuss challenges common to using popular music in films. We'll discuss new venues of distribution for music films that diverge from the old models. And we'll ponder the most innovative uses of telling music history stories on film and what to expect in the upcoming years.

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Brad Abramson

VH1Brad Abramson is Vice President of Production and Programming for VH1. He created and oversees VH1 ROCK DOCS, television's premier collection of music documentaries. Included in this bunch are “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America,” “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” “Woodstock... Read More →
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Warren Cohen

Executive ProducerVh1 NewsWarren Cohen is a two-time Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer at VH1 in the News & Documentary division. He is responsible for developing series, specials, reality programs and documentaries for the network’s VH1 Rock Docs franchise. VH1 Rock Docs are... Read More →
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Andy Markowitz

Co-founderMusicFilmWeb.comAndy Markowitz is the co-founder and chief content wrangler at MusicFilmWeb.com, a hub site for music documentaries with a mission to connect music fans with great films and filmmakers with great fans. He is a former editor of City Paper in Baltimore and... Read More →
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Nigel Sinclair

CEO/Co-ChairmanSpitfire PicturesNigel Sinclair is Exclusive Media Group's Co-Chairman and CEO. With his partner, Guy East, Sinclair launched their independent feature film and television production company, Spitfire Pictures, in early 2003. Prior to starting Spitfire, Sinclair and... Read More →
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Ondi Timoner

Dir/Producerthelip.tvOndi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 Sundance-winning doc, DIG! about the collision of art & commerce through the lives of two bands, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 15

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