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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.

Selected Echotone Press

CRITICS' PICK / "The realities in Nathan Christ's impressive documentary "Echotone" are, sadly, nothing new. But the emotions surrounding them are nevertheless compelling. Mr. Christ explores these issues with concise clarity, abetted by Robert L. Garza's striking cinematography." - New York Times

TOP 20 Documentaries of 2011 / "Austin continuously wages wars within its city limits, with music as its battleground. Echotone beautifully examines those battles by neither condemning nor sensationalizing but by letting the city speak through its inhabitants." - Paste Magazine

"Too vital for elegy, Echotone tells an old story whose beginning—the inception of a vibrant creative hub—remains mysterious. A lucid survey of a delicate cultural ecosystem." - Village Voice

"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

"Definitive documentary of Austin music in the contemporary era." - CultureMap Austin

"The dark side of SXSW" - Elle magazine

"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

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

"A survey-in-motion of the drastic and fundamental changes taking place within and around the Live Music Capital." - MTV Hive

"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

"Entertaining, insightful, and packed with an incredible soundtrack. It’s a powerful portrait of a city in flux. - The Austinist

"This is a really exciting movie that resonates just as loudly on 7th Street in Austin as it does down Milwaukee Ave. here in Chicago." - Consequence of Sound

"Echotone features some of the very best and most exciting of our tremendous local musicians." - The Deli

"Echotone checks the cultural pulse during a critical two-year period of modern history." - YNN

"The most popular screening I attended. Beautiful wide shots of the city, interspersed with the everyday struggles of independent musicians trying to live the dream Austin promises." - Austin Chronicle

"Echotone captures the heart and soul of our fair city. It's a cultural zeitgeist. A movement. WARNING: Watching Echotone may have you fighting to protect the musical heritage of this city." - Republic of Austin

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Featuring: Black Joe Lewis (Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears), Cari Palazzollo (Belaire), Bill Baird (Sound Team/Sunset)

Featuring Performances By: The Apeshits, Belaire, The Black Angels, Dana Falconberry, The Octopus Project, The Pity Party, Sound Team, Sunset, Ghostland Observatory, Ume, The White White Lights.

Director: Nathan Christ

Director of Photography: Robert L. Garza

Editors: Nathan Christ, Robert L. Garza

Producers: Nathan Christ, Justin Gilley, Nicholas Jayanty, Victor Moyers, Daniel Perlaky

Executive Producers: Sean McKeough, Josh Parker, Kevin Ragsdale, Rich Ragsdale, Vlad Radovanov

Production Co: Reversal Films in association with KNR Productions and Cobra Music Company


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Links To Full Press Articles

03.02.2012 Elle magazine feature spotlight

12.25.2011 CultureMap Austin: best of 2011

12.14.2011 Paste magazine: Top 20 documentaries of 2011

10.04.2011 Consequence of Sound: feature

09.22.2011 MTV Hive: feature on Nathan Christ

09.08.2011 New York Times: Critics' Pick, featured review

09.07.2011 Village Voice: featured review

08.31.2011 San Antonio Express-News: featured review

05.03.2011 Twitch: review

04.25.2011 Republic of Austin: featured review

04.25.2011 The Deli: profile

04.23.2011 Austinist: feature

04.23.2011 KUT: feature and profile interview on Daniel Perlaky

04.22.2011 The Austin Chronicle: feature and interview with Nathan Christ

04.18.2011 YNN: feature and interview with Daniel Perlaky

03.24.2011 Paste Magazine: 12 best films for SXSW 2011

03.15.2011 Paste Magazine: Soundtrack feature

12.10.2010 Texas Enterprise: video interview with producer Nicholas Jayanty

11.18.2010 Movie Advocate: review

11.16.2010 Smells Like Screen Spirit: review

10.28.2010 Austinist: review

10.26.2010 Daily Texan: interview with Nathan Christ

10.26.2010 KUT: interview with Nathan Christ and Daniel Perlaky

10.24.2010 Austin Post: interview

10.23.2010 KXAN: interview

10.15.2010 Blood, Dirt, and Angels: Hot Springs Film Fest writeup

08.24.2010 Pearl Snap Discount: Dallas Video Fest feature

08.20.2010 Los Angeles Examiner: feature article

07.19.2010 Green Shoe Lace: feature article

06.10.2010 See It Loud: feature article

05.11.2010 AV Club: Marfa Film Festival wrap feature

05.11.2010 Fearless Radio Chicago: on-air feature interview with Nathan Christ

05.11.2010 Screen Mag: Chicago premiere preview

05.10.2010 Grammy 365: feature article and interview

05.10.2010 Apprehension in Austin: feature article and review

05.09.2010 Slackerwood: Marfa Film Festival feature review

05.07.2010 Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago premiere preview

05.07.2010 Chicago Tribune: feature Chicago premiere preview

05.07.2010 Austin American-Statesman: feature article

05.07.2010 Hollywood Chicago: feature review

05.04.2010 Big Bend Sentinel: feature article

05.04.2010 Austinist: Marfa Film Festival preview

05.04.2010 My San Antonio: feature Marfa Film Festival preview

04.30.2010 El Paso Culture Beat: feature Marfa Film Festival preview

04.28.2010 Bleach: feature interview with Nathan Christ

04.21.2010 Tapebombs: feature article and interview with Nathan Christ and Daniel Perlaky

04.09.2010 Dallas Observer: feature review

03.25.2010 Austin Writes Music: feature interview with Nathan Christ

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