Edward Sharpe and Mumford and Sons to Play SXSW

More huge music news coming from Austin; as Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine will have a special acoustic performance after the screening of BIG EASY EXPRESS. All badge Holders and music wristbands will be allowed into the films screening and post film performance. Adding on to this news Big Star’s Third will be performed by a band of all-stars after the premiere of the film Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. The super group will be composed of and I quote: “Jody Stephens of Big Star on drums; Mike Mills of R.E.M. on bass; Mitch Easter of Let’s Active and Chris Stamey on guitars; Charles Cleaver on piano; and for this performance, guest guitarists Peter Buck of R.E.M., Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, as well as a wide range of guest vocalists who are still signing on for the evening.” If you’re not excited for this year’s SXSW you should be. Check out the press release below for more details:

Press Release:

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES TO ACCOMPANY
2012 SXSW FILM PREMIERES
BIG EASY EXPRESS Returns to Austin,
Plus All-Star Performance of Big Star’s Third

Austin, Texas – February 29, 2012 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the addition of two special musical performances in conjunction with film premieres at the 2012 event, which takes place March 9 – 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. These unique events exemplify the singular Film and Music convergence that can only happen at SXSW.

At the Closing Night Film event on Saturday, March 17, members of the bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show will join BIG EASY EXPRESS director Emmett Malloy and producers Tim Lynch, Mike Luba and Bryan Ling. Those present will participate in a Q&A immediately following the world premiere of the film, and subsequently perform an exclusive acoustic set. Both screening and performance will take place at the historic Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Ave.), and will be open to all SXSW Film, Music, Gold and Platinum Badge holders, as well as SXSW Film Passes and Music Wristbands. The screening will begin at 4:00pm, followed by the Q&A at 5:15pm, with the performance from 5:30pm – 6:15pm.

For those without Badges, Passes or Wristbands, a limited number of advance single tickets are available for the BIG EASY EXPRESS event for $12 ($10 + $2 service fee) via the Paramount website (austintheatre.org/film). Advance Ticket purchases do not guarantee reserved seating or entry to the theatre. Badge holders receive priority entry, followed by Film Passes and Music Wristbands. Once Badges, Passes and Wristbands have entered, Advance Tickets will gain entry, and then as capacity allows, day-of-show single tickets, which may be purchased for $10 at the Paramount Theatre box office approximately 15 minutes prior to the screening.

Taking place on Thursday, March 15, also at the Paramount Theatre, SXSW Film will screen a work-in-progress of the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. Following the screening, an all-star collective of musicians will gather to celebrate the Big Star legacy through a complete performance of the band’s seminal third album, Third. This highly anticipated event comes two years after the untimely death of legendary Big Star singer/songwriter Alex Chilton and a hastily organized tribute show that became an emotional and musical highlight of SXSW 2010.

The show will consist of a core of top-tier musicians who will perform the album in its entirety including Jody Stephens of Big Star on drums; Mike Mills of R.E.M. on bass; Mitch Easter of Let’s Active and Chris Stamey on guitars; Charles Cleaver on piano; and for this performance, guest guitarists Peter Buck of R.E.M., Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, as well as a wide range of guest vocalists who are still signing on for the evening. Austin’s own Tosca String Quartet, along with guest brass and wind musicians including Memphis’s Jim Spake, will perform the original orchestrations from the album. Austin’s GSD&M is the show’s executive producer in conjunction with SXSW and High Road Touring.

The Big Star screening and performance event will also be open to all SXSW Film, Music, Gold and Platinum Badge holders, as well as SXSW Film Passes and Music Wristbands. The screening will begin at 7:00pm, followed by a Q&A at 8:40pm, and performance starting at 9:00pm.

Similarly, for those without Badges, Passes or Wristbands, a limited number of advance single tickets are available for $25 ($23 + $2 service fee) via the Paramount website. Again, Advance Ticket purchases do not guarantee reserved seating or entry to the theatre. Badge holders receive priority entry, followed by Film Passes and Music Wristbands. Once Badges, Passes and Wristbands have entered, Advance Tickets will gain entry, and then as capacity allows, day-of-show single tickets, which may be purchased for $25 at the Paramount Theatre box office approximately 15 minutes prior to the screening. For those who wish to attend the Big Star Tribute performance only, $25 tickets will be sold starting at 8:45pm if seats are available.

Advance Ticket sales will end at midnight the day before each screening. Advance Ticket holders for both events are still advised to arrive to the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to the screening time. In the event that a screening reaches capacity before an advance ticket purchaser can be admitted to the theatre, the purchase price will be refunded at the Paramount Box Office (refund valid only within 20 minutes of screening start time).

Absolutely no filming will be permitted inside the Paramount Theatre for either event. Still photography with flash must be limited to the first three songs of each performance, and subsequently only permitted without flash.

SXSW Film will open on Friday, March 9, 2012 with the world premiere of Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods, and run through Saturday, March 17. For the complete screening and conference lineup and schedule, visit www.sxsw.com/film.

About SXSW Film
The SXSW® Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film.

The Film Conference buzzes as world-class speakers, creative minds, and notable mentors tackle the latest filmmaking trends amidst the unmatched social atmosphere of the SXSW experience. Simultaneously, the internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, featuring a truly diverse program that includes provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, DIY narratives, genre standouts and more. SXSW Film is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition. The Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards. For more information, visit www.sxsw.com/film.

2012 Festival Sponsors
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Chevrolet, IFC, Brisk, PepsiCO, Monster Energy, Freecreditscore.com, Esurance, AT&T, Dell and The Austin Chronicle.

About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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