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.
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