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A film that links Chicago’s distinctive urban landscape and the dreams and doubts of a generation of influential post-rock musicians.
A film that links Chicago’s distinctive urban landscape and the dreams and doubts of a generation of influential post-rock musicians.
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From the acclaimed, innovative post-rock movement of the 1990s to the challenge of being an independent artist today, director Augusto Contento's new documentary Parallax Sounds explores Chicago’s world-famous architecture and its relationship to the extraordinary music created in its midst. Twenty years later, key members of the post-rock movement - from Steve Albini to Ken Vandermark, Ian Williams and others -  reflect upon their ideals, politics, and the survival of their art in the City That Works.

Recent Coverage of Parallax Sounds
Pitchfork - "Steve Albini, Battles' Williams in Chicago Doc"
Chicagoist - "Documentary on Chicago Post-Rock Pioneers Now Underway"
Chicago Reader - Three Beats, "Parallax Sounds, a doc on Chicago architecture and music, needs your support"

PARALLAX SOUNDS Features:

Steve Albini - producer (Nirvana, The Stooges, PJ Harvey, Pixies, Cheap Trick) and guitar player (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac)

Ian Williams - singer, guitar player and keyboard (Don Caballero, Storm & Stress, Battles) 

David Grubbs — composer, singer, guitar player (Gastr del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait)

Ken Vandermark — jazz musician, composer, improviser (Vandermark 5, Spaceway Inc., Flying Luttenbacher)

Damon Locks – vocalist and keyboad player (The Eternals, Trenchmouth)

Original Soundtrack:The film's original soundtrack was composed by Ken Vandermark, and will feature two new songs by David Grubbs. Steve Albini, John Herndon (Tortoise), Wayne Montana (The Eternals), Jason Adasiewicz (The Exploding Star Orchestra), Terrie Hessels (The Ex) and Nate Wooley perform on the soundtrack.

About Director Augusto Contento - Director Augusto Contento is the award-winning filmmaker of Tramas (Locarno Film Festival), Strade Trasparenti (Locarno Film Festival) and Roads of Water (Opening Night, Rome International Film Festival). Roads of Water, is the only film ever to be distributed by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. FilmCritica Magazine recently named Augusto Contento one of Italy's most promising filmmakers of his generation.

Keep an eye on us! Follow the news about Parallax Sounds on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/parallaxsoundsmovie

Parallax Sounds will be completed by January 1, 2012.

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