The annual Sundance Film Festival doesn't exactly bring music to mind, but this year's celeb-studded event is packed with some great sounds and music-oriented movies amid its film-world sights.
3 Doors Down, über-DJ Paul Oakenfold, and L.A.'s Ghost Team are among the acts performing at nightly parties held during the festival, which will take place in Park City, Utah, from January 18 to 28.
Other acts confirmed to perform at Sundance parties are pop-rock quartet Paloalto, jazzy hip-hop trio the Broun Fellinis and house DJ Twenty Twelve.
Old 97's and Deana Carter are among the folks who will be found at the ASCAP-sponsored Sundance's Music Café, located in Park City's Elks Building. Throughout the festival, the café also will host performances by Amy Correa, Jill Sobule, Nickel Creek, Otis Taylor and Fisher, among others.
In the cinematic realm, "We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll," the Ozzfest documentary directed by Penelope Spheeris ("Wayne's World," "The Decline of Western Civilization Pts. I & II") and produced by Sharon Osbourne (manager and wife of festival kingpin Ozzy), will make its premiere in Park City. Featuring live performances and interviews with fans and artists (Osbourne and Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Godsmack and Slayer, among them), the film chronicles the Ozzfest '99 outing and examines the cultural significance of the annual multiband metal tour, which will embark on its sixth excursion this summer. A theatrical release is expected later this year.
Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor will make his film directorial debut with an as-yet-untitled short about a group conversation that takes place 10 minutes before the end of the world. The film stars Taylor and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland as well as model Kirsty Hume, her husband, actor/director/glam-rocker Donovan Leitch (son of folk icon Donovan), and his sister, Ione Skye. Taylor plans to screen his creation just prior to his band's performance at Harry O's on January 25.
No stranger to the visual medium, Taylor has directed clips for "Dandy Warhols T.V. Theme Song," off the band's debut, 1995's Dandys Rule OK, and "Bohemian Like You" from its latest, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. He's also expected to make an announcement about a film production company and a contest for young directors at the event; both projects are in the works.
DJ Q-Bert of now-defunct turntablist collective Invisibl Skratch Piklz will be making his Sundance premiere with the 50-minute animated flick "Wave Twisters: The Movie," based on his 1998 album, Wave Twisters. Featuring animation by San Francisco graffiti artist Doug Cunningham (a.k.a. Doug One), the film is scheduled to screen at select theaters in the weeks following the festival.
Other submissions of musical note include the Mick Jagger-produced "Enigma"; "Helicopter," a documentary about the chopper crash that killed legendary promoter Bill Graham; "Julie Johnson," which stars Courtney Love; two films produced by Michael Stipe ("Sleepy Time Gal" and "Stranger Inside"); and the DJ documentary "Scratch." A private party for "Scratch" will feature performances by DJ Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, Jurassic 5 and Cut Chemist.
A schedule of times and venues for performances will be posted on the festival's official Web site, www.sundance.org, as the event nears.