This year’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival will descend upon New York City next week. The indie rock/rap festival will occur in venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, with boldfaced names including School of Seven Bells, Busta Rhymes, Japandroids, Deer Tick, Pitbull, Miike Snow, The xx, The Temper Trap, and Broadcast. In recent years, the event has included a film festival, which will host NYC premieres of films like The Messenger, The Men Who Stare At Goats, as well as a slew of music documentaries. The festival itself can be a little hard to navigate (e.g. you’re in the East Village for a 10 p.m. show, but have to get to Williamsburg by 11 p.m.), but I enjoyed checking it out last year and will do the same this year. Speaking of this year, I’m on a panel Thursday, October 22, called “Deja Vu All Over Again.”
On it with me, are Ira Deutchman from Emerging Pictures and attorney Nick Gordon. The moderator is New Yorker journalist John Seabrook (he of the recently noteworthy Ticketmaster and Live Nation article). The session is described like this: “Illegal downloads, piracy, digital self-distribution, the death of physical media: sounds like the music industry a decade ago. Or is it the state of the film industry today? What can the film world learn from the experiences of the music industry in grappling with the most important survival issue it faces today?” I’ve always said that the film industry is both lucky and on watch, because we have the music industry to examine for ways to keep the lights on. Looking forward to the panel.