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Jenny Lewis and the Johnnys Talk ‘Song One’

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Song One is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Brooklyn music scene and starring actress Anne Hathaway.

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice (known in music circles as Jenny and Johnny) wrote the songs for the film and Johnny Flynn is the actor who sings them. They talk to KCRW DJ Chris Douridas about how they worked together.

Photo Credit: Mark Leibowitz

William H. Macy’s Directorial Debut

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Acclaimed actor William H. Macy made his directorial debut with Rudderless, which premiered at Sundance. He says he’s wanted to direct for some time but it took eight years to find a script he liked and “could get people to make.” 

Seven songs were composed for the film, which stars actor Billy Crudup as a father discovering his late son through music he’d written. The film also stars musician Ben Kweller, in his acting debut!

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Photo Credit: Mark Leibowitz

Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch Takes on Sundance

Some of the best news out of Sundance wasn’t even about a movie — it was word that Belle and Sebastian are at work on a new album, their first in four years. Frontman Stuart Murdoch was in town behind his directorial debut, the musical God Help The Girl, and the band came together for a live show to celebrate.

He spoke with Anne Litt and Chris Douridas about the film, which is an ode to Glasgow and its music scene.

Photo Credit: Duston Todd

A Day in the Life of Nick Cave

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"To do anything worthwhile, you have to step into a place you don’t understand or don’t know."

Nick Cave spoke to KCRW about the film 20,000 Days on Earth, a fictionalized account of a day in his life which premiered at Sundance. Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard set up situations to create real moments — including two days of Nick talking to a psychoanalyst, showing him old photos to stir memories and putting him into a car with mystery guests that included former bandmates and Kylie Minogue.

For more: http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/2014/01/nick-cave-and-belle-and-sebastian-at-sundance-film-festival/

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Photo Credit: Duston Todd

Kaskade Deejays for KCRW on Main Street

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The Grammy-nominated EDM artist stopped by KCRW’s studio home in Park City for a guest DJ set from the balcony overlooking Main Street.

He’s in town to support his first work as a score composer, for the documentary Under the Electric Sky, which chronicles the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. It premiered at a midnight showing over the weekend.

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Photos by Mark Leibowitz

A Banksy in Park City

One of the best things I saw at Sundance wasn’t a moving picture.

While walking down Main Street in Park City today I happened to notice something that gave me pleasure. A Banksy. That is, a work of art created by the secretive street artist known as Banksy. 

The image is that of a cameraman kneeling down to pick a pink flower.

In 2010, his documentary "Exit Through The Gift Shop" premiered at the festival. He was in town and, although he didn’t make himself known in person, he did paint two graffiti pieces before he left.

They were covered with thick, protective, framed glass as you can sort of see in this photo. What may be harder to tell is that the glass is completely shattered.

At first I thought that was part of the art. But it turns out that on New Years Eve— just a few weeks ago— a vandal attacked both Banksys

He succeeded in breaking the glass over the other one and covering it with spray paint. But this one remains intact. Albeit now with another story to tell. 

According to local papers the vandal was a bitter street artist. 

-Darby Maloney, Producer of KCRW’s The Business

Sundance Faves from LA Film Fest Programmer Maggie Mackay

Maggie Mackay, Senior Programmer for the Los Angeles Film Festival and wife of KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox, stopped by KCRW’s remote studio in Park City to share some of her favorite films of the fest so far:

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Blue Ruin, Wetlands and “CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart”

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First Take host Matt Holzman gives us the lowdown on the revenge thriller “Blue Ruin”. He describes it as “a tonal miracle,”as the truly offbeat, funny moments don’t derail the intensity of the story. Matt also praised the film “Wetlands" as "laugh-out loud funny, weirdly affecting and incredibly imaginative."

He reviews the documentary “CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart”, about the woman put on trial for convincing her underage lover to kill her husband in 1991.