CMJ Fest: Now with More Film
CMJ has long been indie music’s debutante ball with thousands of hopefuls streaming into NYC for four crazy days of music. It’s really fun, especially for those with enough stamina. But in the past few years, CMJ has been adding more and more film to its festival and they have some pretty good offerings this year, particularly for docs. They’ll screen Pearl Jam 20, the Tribe Called Quest doc but have a few other novel offerings. There’s a doc called Freaks in Love about old punksters Alice Donut and a Ministry concert film. And one of the narrative docs, Killing Bono, is supposedly based on a true story about U2’s high school rivals who never made it big.
One NYC debut that caught my eye was Broke*, another entry in the death of the music business docs. The film follows an up and coming artist Will Gray through the recording process (helmed by T Bone Burnett) and how an artist has to navigate the shoals of today’s uncertain path to success. John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and Don Was are the big name interviewees. The film premieres Wednesday October 19 at Clearview Chelsea Cinema at 3:00 PM.
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