So about a week ago, on the last day of the festival, we announced that the winner of the SXSW 2006 “24 Beats Per Second Audience Award” was Alexandra Lipsitz’s documentary, Air Guitar Nation. The crowd-pleaser is also the primary subject of a recent Newsweek feature looking at the crossover of film and music at this year’s SXSW. The piece also puts a spotlight on a handful of other music films at SXSW, as well as highlights from the music festival. Vanessa Juarez writes in her article:
Every year Austin’s Longhorn kiddies go off to Cancun during spring break, soaking up the Corona over loops of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Paradise City.” And that’s when thousands of musicians, filmmakers, techies, business execs and pop-culture lovers descend on the capital of Texas for South by Southwest, a 10-day music, film and technology festival. This year, for SXSW’s 20th anniversary, more than 16,000 people hit the “Live Music Capital of the World” to catch at least some of the nearly 1,500 bands (up from 172 in 1987) that played on 64 stages. Or to see some of the 220 films screened at seven theaters, or to attend one of the 223 panel discussions.
On top of that, you can also check out this special segment from SXSW 2006, courtesy of G4 TV. Fellow 24 Beats Per Second doc, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, is highlighted along with Darkon, The Cassidy Kids, and S&Man. Enjoy.