The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA burned two years ago, and this documentary outlines the attempts at bringing it back. The fire also revealed a treasure trove of history about this college... See full summary »
The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA burned two years ago, and this documentary outlines the attempts at bringing it back. The fire also revealed a treasure trove of history about this college town and the changes it too has gone through in a remarkably short time. From YMCA to cinema to a top notch concert venue and back again, this film interviews dozens of people and includes special cameos and uncredited appearances from the likes of Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Bird to demonstrate the depth of knowledge of this venue. Thornton directed a Widespread Panic documentary there and numerous other escapades are artistically captured and described in a linear and evolutionary pattern. There are some references to sex, drugs, and dirty beer lines along the way. But many different sides of the Georgia Theatre and its predecessors are examined in a comprehensive and thorough way, including footage from such bands as White Buffalo, the Dixie Dregs and great story line from Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret... Written by
This film is a dark comedy type documentary with a surprising depth of historical information, in a quick edit format, and covers the subject matter very well. The "characters" in this film (actually HD video) are the City of Athens, the bands, venues, and values that make up the music scene there (and nationally from there). The development of those characters leading up to the climactic burning of the Theatre drives the film. You can tell the film makers have a deep connection to the subject matter, and, indeed, they are Athenians themselves. This film helps raise money to revive the amazing historic art deco landmark of the Georgia Theatre. This is a must-see for those interested in the performance music industry, and people interested in Athens, Ga. as a city.
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