Competition Documentary Feature
Directed by: Rob Hatch-Miller, Puloma Basu
USA, 2019, 85m
The coolest record store that ever was closed in 2016. In the East Village of NYC, across from a now-defunct Tower Records, Other Music was a beacon of the underground and the very definition of a true cult record store. As the shop wound down to its closing, filmmakers Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu (FFF alumni, Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows) were there to capture the bittersweet end of an era. Interviews with a seemingly endless stream of heartbroken customers—including a who’s who of music superfans like Jason Schwartzman, Regina Spektor, Benicio Del Toro, and members of Mogwai, Vampire Weekend, The National, and Depeche Mode—as well as two decades of employees reveal an institution that was as much a family as “just” a record shop. Other Music, the movie, explores the role that Other Music, the store, played in independent music for more than two decades and stands as a love letter to all the disappearing brick-and-mortar stores with staffs who genuinely gave a shit about what they were selling.
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