CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, New York City (World Premiere)
Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC
Winner! Best Independent Film, Encore Magazine
Carolina Film and Video Festival, Greensboro, NC (Winner! Best Documentary)
Chicago International Movies and Music Festival
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles
Sled Island Music Festival, Calgary, AB
AthFest Rock Docs Film Series, Athens, GA
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC
Three years in the making, director Devin DiMattia makes his feature debut with an in-depth look at the independent music industry in a state of transition, with the internet acting as both a blessing and a curse to musicians and label executives. While fans eagerly await the latest leaked album from their favorite artist or the newest amateur concert footage to appear on YouTube, people in the industry are scrambling to figure out how to turn any sort of profit.
Meanwhile, up-and-coming musicians and bands are now faced with an almost infinite amount of ways to spread the word about their latest projects, from social networking sites to viral marketing to DIY communities. Finally, more and more physical music stores are shutting their doors thanks to the simultaneous flux of illegal downloading through torrents, and legal downloading thanks to sites like iTunes and Amazon.
'Firewall of Sound' addresses all these topics and more, with interviews from a wide variety of musicians, bloggers, DJs, label heads, critics, and record store owners. Featured in the film are Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes), Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Merge Records), Perry Wright (Prayers & Tears, The Mountain Goats), Roberto Lange (Helado Negro, Savath & Savalas), Nathan Rabin & Josh Modell (The A.V. Club), Ken Shipley (The Numero Group), Ryan Catbird (The Catbirdseat), and many more.
Produced and Directed by Devin DiMattia
Co-Produced by J. Neil Blackman and Daniel Rogers
Directors of Photography: Jake Kath and Justin Mitchell
Editor: Paul Fabrique