Director: Cameron Crowe, USA, 119 min (CMJ Opening Night Film)
Carved from over 1,200 hours of rare and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist, Cameron Crowe. The film premieres nationwide on the “American Masters” series Friday, October 21 at 9 pm EST on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival. Released in conjunction with the film, the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack includes 29 unreleased tracks on two CDs, hand-picked by Crowe with his original liners and photos in a hardbound, 36-page book.
Director: Nick Hamm, Ireland, 114 min (East Coast Premiere)
Based on real events, Killing Bono tells the story of young Irish rocker Neil McCormick and his younger brother Ivan, who attempt to become rock stars, but can only look on as their school friends form U2…and become the biggest band in the world. The film is based on Neil McCormick’s memoir, Killing Bono: I Am Bono’s Doppelganger. Cast: Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Kysten Ritter, Peter Serafinowicz, Stanley Townsend, Martin McCann and Pete Postlethwaite.
Director: Douglas Freel, USA, 97 min (New York Premiere)
FIX: The Ministry Movie shoves your ass way, way backstage with the scariest band EVER. “F@$k The Mainstream” might as well have been written by Al Jourgensen, founder of MINISTRY. Love him or hate him, Al and how he makes music changed all the rules. Al, and all the guys he played with, paid the price and took no prisoners along the way. But they MATTERED. No MINISTRY = No NIN, no Korn, no Jane’s Addiction. Don’t believe it? Hear it directly from Trent Reznor, Jonathan Davis, Dave Navarro and many more.
Director: Michael Rapaport, USA, 98 min (CMJ Premiere)
An insightful music doc about one of the most innovative and influential hip-hop bands of all time. The film takes viewers behind-the-scenes, chronicling the group’s rise to fame while revealing the story behind the tension, which would erupt in the years to come.
American music legend ?uestlove is continuing his Thursday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl, accompanied by throwback Soul Train videos! His vinyl collection contains more than 50,000 records giving him the ability to tear up the dance floor with the most eclectic sets of hip-hop, house, 80’s, rare grooves and a mix of everything in between
Cloud computing is the biggest buzz word in content distribution these days, but questions remain about licensing issues, payment schemes and the “sanitizing” of illegally obtained files. File sharing sites continue to be a target of lawsuits from content owners and trade groups: in some cases winning (YouTube), losing (KaZaa), winning but still losing (Veoh), and losing but still winning (Limewire). Our panel will discuss these issues, the state of the law on cloud storage and file sharing, and how these two distinct types of services relate to one another.
Do the complexities of music licensing cause the industry to lose out on creative business models? The Section 115 Reform Act (SIRA) was introduced five years ago to offer a mechanism whereby legitimate music services could clear all the necessary rights to make large numbers of musical works quickly available through blanket mechanical licensing. This year, it has been suggested that Congress should bring back the legislation and extend that blanket to synchronizations as well. Would such a change in the law put the music industry back on track? Would it be an incursion on the fair use rights of consumers? This panel will address these complex issues and many more related topics.
Anyone who receives royalty accounting statements has to wonder if those statements are, in fact, accurate: Are they being paid on the correct number of units? But what about challenging the entire premise of royalty calculation? As technology evolves and new revenue streams are developed, royalty recipients are taking a hard look at the assumptions underlying their royalty payments, and in certain cases, challenging them in court. This panel will discuss several recent, newsworthy cases, as well as personal experiences in disputing the assumptions and formulas used in paying royalties for recorded music, publishing income and overall statement auditing.
Monetizing video, video rights, and different delivery points, from direct to fan sites to large destinations, and how the right blend of these options can help build a band’s brand and drive revenue. Preceded by a conversation with Brian Dales and Doug McVehil, VEVO’s Senior Vice President of Music Programming Talent & Content Operations.
Even in the age of laptop production, the vast majority of creative projects involve some form of collaboration. While it’s common knowledge that a lawyer should avoid conflicts of interest, difficulties may arise when a band or production company is closely associated with its driving talent, or when group members want to retain a single lawyer to advise them all and the project falls apart. This presentation will give you the tools to determine exactly who the client is, and will outline what steps to take when the answer to that question is not clear. We will also address how to manage client communications, confidentiality and conflicts as they all move into the cloud.
As the use of digital technologies becomes more commonplace, Q1 2011 Nielsen reports show the emergence of a small but significant block of consumers who access nearly all of their media online. Will we see a continued trend in direct-to-portal and developed-for-online deals? This panel will explore perspectives on using non-traditional distribution methods examining deal structures and negotiation points.
Major video game developers, fast-growing startups, traditional media companies and musical acts are all alive to the demonstrated power of social and casual games in driving interest in entertainment properties. Learn the deal points that matter to the real-world practitioners, in-house lawyers and business people who negotiate the development, marketing integration and distribution of social and casual games – regardless of platform.
As social media and traditional entertainment media continue to converge, media companies increasingly face claims about the misuse of personal identifying information that includes GPS data. We will hear from expert in-house and law firm practitioners about current topics such as the privacy implications of integrating social media services with multiple music streaming providers; the use of PII in targeted online advertising; shared login services; shared playlists; and how companies can deal with global consumers, despite the EU’s different, but evolving approach to privacy regulation.
Director: Joann Sfar, France, 122 min (CMJ Premiere)
Renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks — the illustrious and infamous singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Gainsbourg evolves from a precocious child in Nazi-occupied Paris, to a small-time jazz musician, and finally, an international pop superstar. Along the way, he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). With a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack showcasing many of Gainsbourg’s greatest hits, the film is a sensual delight and a quintessential time capsule of the eras he enjoyed.