Before the recently-concluded SXSW’s annual music-driven bacchanal fades into memory, Indiewire’s latest curated selections for Hulu’s Documentaries page turns the spotlight on musicians and their dreams of stardom. Watch these and other docs now for free!
An appropriate place to start is Nathan Christ’s Austin-set “Echotone,” an exploration of the lives of working young musicians in the a city known for its live entertainment.
Edward Payson’s “Unsigned” recounts a year in the lives of three rock bands who haven’t made it… yet.
The band at the center of Nina Gilden Seavey’s “The Ballad of Bering Strait” move from their native Russia to the heart of country music, Nashville, to make their dreams come true.
Victor Mignatti’s “This Time” offers a candid look at determination against all odds for six performers who feel their shot at stardom is just around the corner.
Finally, Mark Meatto’s “How to Grow A Band” charts the efforts of acclaimed musician Chris Thile, already a platinum-selling artist, to form a new band to realize a new artistic ambition.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Indiewire @ Hulu Docs” is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Documentary Programming Associate for Sundance, Film Program Director for Nantucket, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).