The 2015 Austin Music Video Festival will include four days of events, after parties, workshops and panels. Each event will have day of, walk-up pricing as well, subject to capacity.
Although the activity is centered around the Empire Control Room, shows are hosted at venues throughout downtown Austin, including Alamo Drafthouse - The Ritz, The North Door, Holy Mountain and Vulcan Gas Company . For a full lineup and schedule of events, check out the Austin Music Video Festival website.
Opening night will commence with one of the festival’s cornerstone showcasings, Okkervil River’s music film Down Down the Deep River screening at the The Ritz (Alamo Drafthouse), copresented by the Austin Film Society. Bandleader and director, Will Sheff, will also participate in a Q&A about the film, screen his favorite past Okkervil River music videos then offer a rare acoustic performance.
On Thursday, September 17, the Empire Control Room & Garage will host the official AMVF Kickoff Partyfeaturing a live VJ battle, video screenings, interactive art and more. JOINTHESTUDIO is coordinating the VJ competition that will go down live during the party, before everyone’s eyes. A winner will be crowned and AMVF’s first Austin Music Video Award for Best Live VJ will be given that night.
The programming on Friday, September 18 will begin with screenings across Austin’s favorite venues and top viewing rooms including The North Door, Empire Control Room & Garage and Holy Mountain. Screenings on Friday will include content from Austin label’s Modern Outsider, Western Vinyland the Reverberation Appreciation Society. There will also be AMVFcurated screenings organized by theme for attendees to peruse, such as the “LOL screening” of comedicallytimed videos, the “#NSFW screening” with more risque content and the “We Got A Dance Off screening” featuring videos with various dance montages. Peppered throughout the themed and curated screenings will be video retrospectives of some of Austin’s most treasured artists including The Black Angels, Spoon and more.
Later that evening, all eyes will turn to The North Door for an audiovisual performance from Nathan Felix (Noise Revival Orchestra), premiering an excerpt from his 2nd symphony Neon Heaven, for choral ensemble and piano with visuals from Bob Mustachio (LEVITATION music festival’s visual director, projectionist for The Black Angels). The rest of the lineup will feature heavily visually inspired artists.
The final day of the festival will feature distinctly curated music video screenings themed by fun, concept and communities. Empire Control Room will host an interactive exhibit, panels and workshops. The North Door will showcase animation works in a screening titled Saturday Morning Cartoons along with a workshop from animator Eric Power. His workshop entitled “How to Animate a Monster Destroying Downtown Austin” will culminate in attendees creating just that, a technology-fueled monster destroying the city skyline.