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Music in Film in Music: A Night at Austin Studios

By Mario Hernandez

When used correctly, music can add emphasis and depth to a scene; it's a partnership that has endured since the earliest days of film. On Wednesday, June 27, the Austin Film Society and the Austin Music Foundation co-hosted an event on the intersection. The "Music in Film in Music" panel addressed the common question, "How do I get music in film?"

Held at SoundCheck Austin at Austin Studios in a room full of musicians and filmmakers, the experience launched with a panel discussion that included musician Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma, filmmaker Andrew Shapter (who served as moderator and flawlessly kept the discussion active), music supervisor Dominique Preyer and sound supervisor/mixer Tom Hammond.

Once the discussion kicked off, the audience focused on absorbing the essential ingredients required in the creative process of incorporating music in film. Shapter presented the audience with an example of how costly and
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Austin Music and Film Collide in Two Upcoming Events

A panel on music and film and a musical performance from a movie star, all in one week -- that's Austin for you.

Next Wednesday, June 27, join Austin Film Society for the "Music in Film in Music" panel at Soundcheck Studio on the Austin Studios lot. Director Andrew Shapter (Before the Music Dies) will moderate the panel, which includes music supervisor Dominique Preyer and sound editor Tom Hammond. The panelists will discuss how to find music for your film -- or how eager musicians might connect with the right film to score.

This event will also include the results of a scoring competition. Audience members and panelists will view a clip from the in-progress documentary Yakona, accompanied by music from the winning composers.

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'Super High' heads to a living room near you

'Super High' heads to a living room near you
UPDATED 5:06 p.m. PT March 10

AUSTIN -- Audiences eager to light up the joint with a viewing of the upcoming marijuana-themed documentary "Super High Me" will be able to do so in the privacy of their own living rooms.

Screen Media Films, which will distribute the film theatrically, made the announcement during a Studio SX interview panel at South by Southwest here.

Fans can register at the film's Web site to "roll" their own screenings by requesting a free DVD copy of the film, which will be sent out on the film's theatrical start date of April 20. Once in receipt of the disc, the requester is expected to hold a private screening in a location of their choosing. The only requirement is that they not charge for the screening.

"It can be difficult to get stoners off the couch," said Suzanne Blech, senior vp sales and acquisitions at Screen Media Films. "The number of people who get stoned in America is quite a large percentage, and all we want for them is to tell their friends that they have to see this funny, funny movie."

Blech said that the idea came about after she spoke with marketers at B-Side Entertainment, who had done a similar promotion with 2006's "Before the Music Dies".

"When they told me that they'd had 300 screenings in 270 markets with an average of 120 people at each, all done at a very low cost, I was intrigued about getting word-of-mouth screenings to such a large amount of people," she said.

MySpace teams up to present Bside Roadshow

MySpace teams  up to present Bside Roadshow
MySpace has teamed with independent film distributor Bside Entertainment and festival consultants Right Angle Studios to present the Bside Roadshow. The touring film and music festival will kick off June 4 with a large, free outdoor show in downtown Austin. The tour also will showcase a series of regional MySpace bands encompassing such genres as alternative, hip-hop, rock and reggae. Films participating in June's inaugural Bside Roadshow include documentary Before the Music Dies, MySpace audience choice award Quality of Life and docu-comedy The Outdoorsman: Blood, Sweat and Beers.

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