Northside DIY Winner: Echotone
Feature Film Program
$10 online or at the door.
Friday Jul 1, 2011
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Hospitality
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:30 PMAfter Party at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave at Driggs Ave)

Greenpoint High School For Engineering and Automotive Technology (Formerly Automotive High School)
On The Lawn
50 Bedford Ave. at North 13th St., Brooklyn, NY 11222
L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
The Northside Festival
New York Magazine

A special outdoor screening of Echotone, winner of the first annual Northside Film Fest DIY Competition. This lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view into the lives of Austin’s vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city.

Echotone was the winner of the the first annual Northside Film Fest DIY Competition. This year, The Northside Festival introduced their very first DIY Film Competition, with a 3-5 member jury featuring the illustrious independent producer Ted Hope and DIY master Todd P, and prizes including cash, equipment package rentals and a special screening here at Rooftop.


Echotone (Nathan Christ | Austin, Texas | 90 min.)
Internationally known as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World,’ Austin’s music culture has led it to become one of the world’s most sought-after destinations. As nearly two dozen high-rises pop up throughout the city amidst economic downfall, how does the working musician get along?

Featuring Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Belaire, Sunset, The Black Angels, Ghostland Observatory, Dana Falconberry, The Octopus Project and other Austin favorites, this lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view into the lives of Austin’s vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city.

Directed by Nathan Christ and photographed by Robert Garza, Echotone is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class.

"Instead of just hearing facts and dates, you leave Echotone with a true appreciation of these talented human beings." - Paste Magazine

"Go see it. It's beautifully shot. It's loud. It's terrific." - Dallas Observer

"Clear-eyed, atmospherically rich. A study in urban conflict." - Chicago Tribune

"The crowd was loud, legit, and excited as hell. The film glided along weightlessly, a timely valentine with purpose." - The Onion AV Club

"An aural symphony of civic dischord with sublime visuals" - Chicago Sun-Times

"4.5 out of 5! Echotone will captivate starving artists everywhere." - Hollywood Chicago

"The Best (Free) Soundtrack We've Ever Seen." - Paste Magazine

"Echotone is a kaleidoscope of life, showing a balance of precison and spontaneity." - Los Angeles Examiner

Daud (Joel Fendelman | Brooklyn, NY)
Set in Brooklyn, a slice of life story of a 10 year old religious Muslim boy who one day finds himself wanting to play softball with the other kids. After changing to what he thinks is acceptable, he learns it's not so easy.


From Stereogum:
"Hospitality are a minimalist Brooklyn indie-pop trio fronted by Kansas City expatriate Amber Papini, who also handles guitar and piano. Her voice is immediate and unique, at times like a Mo Tucker but with stately Jesy Fortino/Tiny Viper intonations. Or Amelia Fletcher, fronting a super spare NY-based Heavenly or Talulah Gosh. She’s backed by drummer (and flautist and harmonica player) Nathan Michel and singing bassist Brian Betancourt. They’ve been together for a couple of years, but in Betancourt’s words “only recently started to get serious.” If you’re into electronic music, you may already know that Michel‘s released idiosyncratic, enjoyable records on Tigerbeat 6, Tomlab, and Sonig. Makes sense: There’s a surprising (and refreshing), at times non-linearity to Hospitality’s compositions — it’s pop music that doesn’t take an easy way to a hook. Sometimes it feels like Michel is drumming to some jazz piece in his head. In many cases silence and space are as important as the sounds they make. On top of it all, Papini writes liyrics worth listening to and decoding. So far Hospitality’s just self-released a six-song EP, produced by Karl Blau. Betancourt explains how it happened..

'We met Karl Blau at a show we both happened to be playing at the Cake Shop. He heard our soundcheck and asked if he could record us in exchange for being his backing band sometime in the future. Naturally, we agreed! He recorded a few of our songs on 4 track (which became the EP) and he wrote a few songs specifically for us to play live with him, which only happened once…'

No worries, they sound plenty great on their own."

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