Songs for Cassavetes

Catalog No.: FTF-005
Label: Factory 25
Release date: 2010
Director: Justin Mitchell
Length: 90 minutes
Year: 2000

Tech Details: English, B&W, 16mm, 1.33:1 Fullscreen, Dolby Digital, NR, NTSC

Special Features:
10 year anniversary edition will include extra performances and interviews.
Details coming soon…

Limited Edition version will include:
The soundtrack LP on vinyl and more…

 

Synopsis

"Songs for Cassavetes is that all too rare thing: a documentary feature in which form and content are perfectly attuned. The film takes a look at the world of American underground music from the perspective of the people who make it happen. With a brief backwards glance at the impact of punk on underground rock, Songs documents the bands making music in the wake of the alternative media explosion of the nineties. Shot in 16mm black and white, the film's own indie artistry brings an energy and immediacy to a nicely judged mix of interviews and performances. It helps that the interviewees are largely articulate, or witty ("it's easy to tour: all you gotta do is get in a car and drive around...") or both; and that the filmmakers are no slouches at spotting the interesting angle style and substance wise. Featured bands include The Make-Up, Unwound, The Peeches, Henry's Dress, Further, Tullycraft, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Dub Narcotic Sound System, the Hi-Fives and (not-so-underground-now) Sleater-Kinney. All in all a little gem, small but perfectly formed."
-Sandra Hebron, London Film Festival

Featuring: Sleater-Kinney, Unwound, Tullycraft, Henry's Dress, The Peechees, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Further, The Hi-Fives and The Make-Up

 

Press

"This 16 mm documentary about early 90s indie rock avoids all stargazing and gets to the heart of what it meant for slacker kids to make art. And in the very last shot, the Cassavetes nod makes perfect sense."
-from Ed Halter's top 10 list of best films from 2000, New York Press

"the film looks the way the music sounds: raw, pure, intense"
- Patrick Rapa, Philadelphia City Paper

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Untitled Document

Songs for Cassavetes
Video: Words and Guitars by Sleater-Kinney
Live at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA, 3.18.97
Catalog No.: FTF-005
Director: Justin Mitchell
Release date: 2010

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Untitled Document

Band: Henry's Dress
Song: The Way She Goes
Album: Bust'em Green
Year: 1996
Label: Slumberland
Format: 12"
Ref: Songs for Cassavetes