That Long-In-The-Works Fat Wreck Doc Gets A Premiere Date, And Pharrell Talks SOLUNA.
Talk about a labor of love: After more than two years of work, local filmmaker Shaun Colon finally has a world premiere set for his documentary, A Fat Wreck on San Francisco pop-punk label Fat Wreck Chords.
Following a month-long crowd-funding campaign that raised nearly $32,000 — or, more than four times the project's initial goal — Colon and his fellow filmmakers conducted 100-plus interviews with folks like label head Fat Mike, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, Foo Fighters/Me First and the Gimme Gimmes guitarist Chris Shiflett, Hi-Standard's Akihiro Namba, Face to Face's Trevor Keith, Bad Religion's Jay Bentley, MxPx's Mike Herrera, Pennywise's Jim Lindberg and Lagwagon's Joey Cape in 10 different cities in four countries.
And now all that work's finally going to pay off when the puppet-filled punk doc gets screened publicly for the first time on April 16 and again on April 17 as part of this year's Dallas International Film Festival. Tickets to that event are available here. Later that same week the film will also show at the Nashville Film Festival, and later on at The Newport Beach Film Festival.
From the looks of the trailer below, it's going to be a good one, too. And considering that Justin Wilson, who made that Descendents doc a few years ago also played a big part in this one, we'd say that's a pretty safe bet.
Another long-in-the-works project will make its world premiere in Dallas this spring as well. As part of the second annual SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival this May, choreographer Jonah Bokaer, scenographer Daniel Arsham and composer Pharrell Williams will premiere their interdisciplinary work for eight dancers at the Winspear Opera House. This week, Pharrell spoke with Rolling Stone about the collaboration, likening it to creating a whole new medium. “There are things that are moving,” Williams says. “I don't know, it's like a whole entire medium moves — the sound moves; the body moves. I feel lucky to be working with such explosive, combustible ideas.”
Last year's SOLUNA headliner, you may recall, was St. Vincent, who collaborated with the Dallas Symphony. Since then, she's launched a radio program in which she meticulously crafts mixtapes for one lucky listener each week. On the most recent episode of her Beats 1 show called “Mixtape Delivery Service,” St. Vincent and Josh Homme created a mixtape for Iggy Pop.
Homme has been busy, too, dropping by a karaoke contest at SXSW judged by his pal Anthony Bourdain and backed by Dallas' own Punk Rock Karaoke crew. Per reports, Homme got his hands on a mic and offered up his own critiques of some of the performances from his perch up in the balcony.
The 23rd annual Richardson Wildflower Festival returns to Galatyn Park on May 20, 21 and 22. Playing that one will be Finger Eleven, Hoobastank, The Guess Who, Alien Ant Farm, one of the guys from Styx, Peter Frampton, Soul Asylum, Toadies and a U2 cover band. Three-day passes run $40, and will go on sale April 18.
And then one that's maybe not on your radar yet: Considering some of the shitty things women have had to put up with this year, some locals had the idea to throw an event called TRASHFEST, which will feature “women and non-binary poets, artists and performers” and will raise money for the Texas Equal Access Fund , which provides financial assistance to low-income people seeking abortions. The April 23 show takes place at DIY spot Black Lodge.
As long as we're talking about raising money for good causes, Dan's Silverleaf will be hosting a benefit for the Nevada Hill Family Trust on April 16. The event will feature a silent vinyl/memorabilia auction and performances from The Baptist Generals and Sarah Ruth Alexander. Anyone wishing to donate items to the auction can take them to the Denton Record Chronicle by Wednesday, April 6.
Finally, longtime Erykah Badu/Kirk Franklin producer/collaborator and onetime Snarky Puppy member Shaun Martin turned in a must-read interview with Forbes, in which he puts on for the Dallas scene, talks about how he balances his secular and religious sides — he's also the minister of worship and music at Friendship-West Baptist Church — and how he met and initiated a David Crosby collaboration via Twitter.
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