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I feel like I’m running for office in this post but I’m hoping that fans of this blog can vote here for a panel I have proposed for February’s South By Southwest film conference. Voting determines which panels get selected for the conference and I think that this panel on how best to capture music history cinematically would be a fun panel to discuss.

My pitch: Music films have an advantage of always having a natural climax. Poor/gifted/unexpected person or band possesses life-changing talents; may or may not become famous and may or may not hold on to fame. It’s either an uplifting tale or a tragedy worth telling. No matter which ending, music films, both documentaries and biographical pictures, have grown wildly popular among audiences and filmmakers in recent years.

This panel will explore how music of the 20th century is best captured cinematically: which storytelling vehicles are producers and directors using to best establish the historical record on film. We’ll discuss a number of recent pictures that try to shake up the form of the music film. These include films as diverse as When You’re Strange, the recent paean to the Doors that eschews recollections for living in the moment of the ’60s through found footage, and This Movie is Broken, which tries to interweave a fictional tale with the music of the band Broken Social Scene. In this panel, we’ll analyze whether music films evolving as their own unique filmmaking niche and discuss challenges common to using popular music in films. We’ll discuss new venues of distribution for music films that diverge from the old models. And we’ll ponder the most innovative uses of telling music history stories on film and what to expect in the upcoming years.

Thanks for the consideration! Please remember to vote here.

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