Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Organizers: Joseph Lekkas, Isaac Friese & David Grasso, managed to put together a Sh*# load of bands to perform all weekend! Some performances started as early as 11am and some started as late as 1am.
I requested a press pass before finding out how many venues there would be, how late it was going to go and how few movie events were scheduled. So, suffice it to say, I really didn't make a dent in the festival, but I gave it a poke.
I made it to the Heineken sponsored opening night party at 2424 Studios around 10:30pm, like a hip clubber- right, it was only because I was coming from the PFS preview screening of Moneyball (Moneyball commentary to come) and I left the party at 11:30pm
|Adam Thompson & Janel Sterbentz|
Friday, went to the screening of Sound It Out. It was shown on a TV in the Green Room at Invincible Pictures, because of one of those pesky PAL (EU) vs NTSC (USA) formatting issues. There were all of 10 of us at the screening, so the downloaded version on the small screen worked just fine.
The film was about the last surviving vinyl record store in the UK, located in Teesside, North East England. A worthy subject, however, I felt the doc needed major editing, a far more interesting store owner and a bit more of a hook; somehow interviewing the store patrons wasn't enough to keep the piece from falling flat.
The next film, shown on the big screen, and well attended, was Color Me Obsessed: The Replacements. Color me clueless, as I've never heard of The Replacements. However, according to filmmaker Gorman Bechard and the 15 - 20 people interviewed, which included George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) and The Goo Goo Dolls, this was the quintessential, singular, mother of all, underground punk scene bands of the 80's and early 90's. These 4 hooligans were unpredictable, unprofessional and unholy, all things a great rock band should be. Their music? From all accounts, truly stellar cuts. I'll have to take their word for it, because the film was music-less. Bechard said he wanted this to be a complete homage to the band, more of a reminiscence, so no song clips, no interviews with the remaining band members and not even any pictures of The Replacements until the last frame of the doc. Embedded below is an except of the Q & A with Gorman Bechard.
Saturday, had intentions of checking out at least a few of the Festival Pier, Live Nation line up of bands, however, dress shopping for a fast approaching wedding I'm in, took precedence. Success! Found the perfect, sexy, early fall, outdoor wedding, stomach camouflaging gown just in time to head to Murph's Bar for the 8pm Singer Songwriter Evening.
I didn't stay for the following two performers; I decided to check out The M Room down the way - big mistake, stepped into an almost pitch black, stinking hot, funky smelling room, with heavy metal playing at a deafening volume - not my scene at all!
Sunday went to the Ukie Club which has a large outdoor space, plenty of room for the stage, vendor booths and food trucks.
Arrived in the middle of the WigWams set. Click the thumbnail for a sound clip, I posted to twitpic during the performance.
And that wraps up my Phil F/M Fest Recap. What did you hear and see during the festival? Feel free to make a comment!