Echotone
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Internationally known as 'The Live Music Capital of the World,' Austin's music culture has led it to become one of the world's most sought-after destinations. As nearly two dozen high-rises pop up throughout the city amidst an economic downfall, how does the working musician get along? This lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view into the lives of Austin's vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city. "Echotone" is a cultural portrait of the modern American… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"The realities in Nathan Christ's impressive documentary "Echotone" are, sadly, nothing new. But the emotions surrounding them are nevertheless compelling."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"First-time documentary filmmaker Nathan Christ paints a compelling, if somewhat diffuse, portrait of a city-to say nothing of an entire industry-in transition."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Appropriately, great care has been taken with the sound design, but even more striking is Robert Garza's cinematography, especially as his camera hops a ride on Downtown's many construction cranes to document a dazzling city in transition."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Too vital for elegy, Echotone tells an old story whose beginning -- the inception of a vibrant creative hub -- remains mysterious, although the end is easy to predict."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"A representative, if frustratingly impressionistic, regional-cultural update on Austin's now epochal music scene."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"There's a potentially fascinating and appreciably more concise 60-minute documentary to be found somewhere amid the uneven and unfocused 88-minute hodgepodge."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"With striking imagery of Austin's upward rising skyline, the film follows some of the city's talented but struggling music makers."
‑ Tim Basham, Paste Magazine
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