Chicago's Music Scene Documented in New Film with Steve Albini, Gastr del Sol
Published Jul 19, 2011For whatever reason, Chicago has been a hotbed of iconic and experimental indie acts over the years, with the city pumping out countless well-loved bands since the '90s. Fittingly, Italian filmmaker Augusto Contento is tipping his hat to the vibrant cast of musicians that have weirded up the Windy City in his upcoming feature, Parallax Sounds.
A bio for the picture on its Kickstarter page describes the flick as exploring "Chicago's world-famous architecture and its relationship to the extraordinary music created in its midst." Some of the local artists that Contento chatted with include Shellac's Steve Albini, Battles' Ian Williams, Gastr del Sol's David Grubbs, the Eternals' Damon Locks, and former Scissor Girls' member Azita Youssefi. The statement says that they all discuss "their ideals, politics, and the survival of their art in the City That Works."
Improv jazz experimenter and Flying Luttenbacher contributor Ken Vandermark, who was also interviewed for the film, will be composing the film score, while Grubbs is submitting two songs of his own to be featured as well.
While you can see an early clip of the film below, Parallax Sounds is still a work in progress. Using the funds he's currently collecting funds on Kickstarter, which will help pay for production costs in Chicago, Contento hopes to have the film completed by January 1, 2012.