by Linda Ray
A celebration of film, music, and films by, for and about music and musicians previewed with with a double feature in the gently tree-lit and bustling La Cocina patio. The festival continues today through Sunday, Oct. 14 with screenings at Cinema La Placita, the Loft Cinema and Century 20 El Con. Look for highlights to be Friday's screening of Strutter, the third in the Border Radio trilogy by Allison Anders and Kurt Voss; Give Me the Banjo, narrated by Steve Martin; and a collection of short films including several local and regional entries.
Here's the whole schedule A festival pass is $50; individual tickets are $7.
Oct. 9, Andrew Bird Fever Year gave as as intimate a view of an artist, his motivation and his process as any on film, perhaps owing to Bird's natural unguardedness, and a genuine desire to be understood. The 81-minute film has only been available at qualifying house parties throughout the country since its September, 2011, debut at the New York Film Festival. It is not available in DVD, so Tucsonans who turned out got an extremely rare visual and musical treat accompanied by La Cocina's selection of local brews and fresh, original menu.
The second feature, The Big Easy Express is aptly described on the festival site: "Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a 'tour of dreams.' The resulting film from this journey is nothing short of magical."