Sundance Film Festival music documentaries: a roundup of what we saw - Reverb

Sundance Film Festival music documentaries: “Sound City,” “Pussy Riot” and more

By Katie Shapiro

The 29th Sundance Film Festival has wrapped and during its 10-day run, premiered a solid selection of music documentaries to keep our eyes and ears happy this year. We caught most of them during our trip to Park City, Utah, and soon, you can do the same.

“Sound City”

When the legendary (albeit beyond grungy) Sound City Studios closed its doors in 2011, Dave Grohl took possession of the custom-built Neve soundboard. It had quite the sentimental value to him after recording Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and also to a long list of other rock icons over the years. When he set out to make a tribute album with fellow studio vets, he became a director along the way.

Many of the “Sound City Players” who appeared in the film were at the Sundance premiere and just hours after the screening, rocked out with more than 800 fans at Park City Live. Grohl introduced and played alongside Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rick Springfield, Queens of the Stone Age and Fear, resulting in a lifelong dream come true. After the final note of the three-hour musical fantasy, he beamed, “Bucket list, check.”

“Sound City” is headed straight for Denver for a special screening on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Mayan Theatre before it’s available on Feb. 1 for download.  A theatrical release plus other “Sound City Players” tour dates worldwide are also in the works.

“Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer”

Feminism goes on trial in the story following the arrest of three masked members of the infamous Russian art collective Pussy Riot. Charged with the religious hatred associated with the “punk prayer” they performed in a Moscow cathedral last February, the group’s saga continues with two members still in prison. Co director/producers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin sold the U.S. rights to HBO Documentary Films, where it will premiere later this year. Until then, follow the movement to “Free Pussy Riot.”

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