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MSN MOVIES: “Sound It Out” was the unexpected pure pleasure of this year’s indie documentaries at SXSW”

March 26th, 2011  |  Published in Reviews

Original article on MSN movies by James Rocchi

The Edge of the Spotlight: Film at South by Southwest

While the film festival portion of South by Southwest technically ended on the Tuesday of last week so the music festival could kick off, films kept playing, and debuting, throughout the week. I recapped some of the picks of the early part of the fest last week, but here are some more of the winners — and losers — from SXSW.

“Sound It Out”: An unexpected pleasure, and entirely winning. A portrait of the lone independent record shop in the northeastern England town of Teesside, “Sound It Out” promises “High Fidelity“-style meditations on music and maleness, but director Jeanie Finlay wisely shows us much, much more in a portrait of community in tough times and how the silly ephemera of pop music is often the only thing we’ve got to hold on to in a changing world. Gorgeously shot, loaded with ace tunes and full of real people you come to know and like, “Sound It Out” was the unexpected pure pleasure of this year’s indie documentaries at SXSW.

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Glimmer Films in association with Sideshow present a film by Jeanie Finlay; SOUND IT OUT.

Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.

SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England.

A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, SOUND IT OUT documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop.

A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives.

High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.