Because each section more than deserves its own close-up, here is a look at the 24 Beats Per Second section at SXSW 2006:
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Air Guitar Nation
Dir: Alexandra Lipsitz
From New York to L.A. all the way to Northern Finland, this is a chronicle of the rise of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships through the eyes of former world champions, fans, and media. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Awesome: I Fuckin’ Shot That!
Dir: Nathaniel Hornblower; Featuring: The Beastie Boys.
A live performance creatively captured by audience members during a Beastie Boys concert at Madison Square Garden.
Before the Music Dies
Dir: Andrew Shapter; Featuring: Erykah Badu, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton.
Two music fans use insight from musicians and industry to investigate American music: it’s rich past, troubled present, and bright future. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Zalman King; Featuring: Dale Watson, Hank Williams III.
Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee Dale Watson reveals the story of going crazy with grief after the death of his girlfriend. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Danielson: A Family Movie
Dir: JL Aronson; Featuring: Danielson Famile, Sufjan Stevens.
A songwriter leads his family to indie rock stardom, eventually facing the struggles of a solo career and a protégé who finds greater commercial success. (WORLD PREMIERE)
East of Havana
Dir: Jauretsi Saizabitoria & Emilia Menocal.
An unflinching close-up on the lives and friendship of three young rappers compelled to address their generation’s future from the confines of a Cuban ghetto. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
Dir: Alex Gibney; Featuring: Herbie Hancock, Sting, Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana.
This is a look at jazz legend Herbie Hancock, as he collaborates with an all-star roster to record a new project, while reflecting on his history and influence. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads
Dir: Hector Galan.
Three Mexican-American brothers from West Texas rock their way out of poverty, determined to fulfill their father’s dream. (WORLD PREMIERE)
loudQUIETloud: A Film about the Pixies
Dir: Steve Cantor & Matt Galkin.
This documentary chronicles the highly-anticipated and rather unlikely 2005 reunion tour of one of indie rock’s most beloved bands. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Metal: A Headbandger’s Journey
Dir: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise; Featuring: Tony Iommi, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Dee Snider, Vince Neil, Lemmy, Lamb of God, Slipknot.
A window for the outsider into a culture that has been consistently stereotyped and widely dismissed, yet passionately loved by millions. (U.S. PREMIERE)
The Passing Show
Dir: Rupert Williams & James Mackie; Featuring: Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Ian McLagan.
A comprehensive look at Small Faces member Ronnie Lane as an entertainer, songwriter, and legend. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Pick Up The Mic
Dir: Alex Hinton; Featuring: Juba Kalamka, Dutchboy, Johnny Dangerous.
A startling and fast-paced documentary on the world of gay, lesbian, and trans-gendered rappers.
Punk Like Me
Dir: Zach Merck.
When a man cons his way onto the Warped Tour, as a 37 year-old amateur punk rock singer, he finally gets to fulfill his rock star fantasies. (WORLD PREMIERE)
The Refugee All-Stars
Dir: Zach Niles & Banker White; Featuring: Rueben M. Koroma, Efuh Grace Ampomah, Francis John Langba.
The story of a group of six musicians from Sierra Leone who come together to form a band while living as refugees in the West African nation of Guinea.
Suffering & Smiling
Dir: Dan Ollman; Featuring: Femi Kuti.
A provocative document of legendary African musicians Fela and Femi Kuti, and their impact on the Nigerian Government. (WORLD PREMIERE)
See them all at SXSW 2006, March 10-18, in Austin, TX!