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SXSW Panel: Makers of Geek documentaries

February 4th, 2011  |  Published in Featured Screenings, Festivals, News  |  1 Comment

Saturday 12 March, 12.30pm
DIRECTOR: Jeanie Finlay on the panel
VENUE: Austin Convention Center,  Room 15, 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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Nerd subcultures are becoming a popular subject for documentaries: they’re filled with fascinating characters, surprising behaviors and worlds that make the mundane seem exotic. And yet we all have that inner geek that can relate on some level. Documentary filmmakers tend to choose subjects because they’re fond of them. Sometimes though, in an attempt to make the films more accessible to a general audience, there’s a temptation to mock that which is unfamiliar and strange. What is the filmmaker’s responsibility to the people who have consented to allow us to explore and expose every aspect of their life, work, or play? And do they also have a responsibility not to make their films a “love letter” to the subjects?

A panel of filmmakers who have focused their work on geeky subcultures will discuss the challenges and rewards of making documentaries about the untold triumphs of geekdom. They’ll discuss how they approached the material, the people, and the choices they made. And maybe we’ll even have a special guest or two.


  1. DiggerDan says:

    February 13th, 2011at 8:38 pm(#)

    I need to see this film to get back ta ma roots – northern mining – preferably the ‘big screen’- hint – hint!

    All the best with it


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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.