Documentarians to Watch in 2015 – Variety

Variety’s 10 Documakers To Watch

from Variety Magazine, April 14, 2015
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Variety’s 10 Documakers To Watch

By Variety Staff

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Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski makes his directorial debut with “Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove,” which chronicles the life and legacy of Austin music icon Doug Sahm. The SXSW Film Festival crowd received the doc enthusiastically at its March premiere. Despite “Sir Doug” being Patoski’s first doc, the man is a seasoned storyteller. A respected music journalist and author, Patoski has written for the New York Times, recorded oral histories and hosted radio programs for decades. Though his meticulous handling of detail usually leads him to pen lengthy tomes on various Texas-themed subjects (500 pages on Willie Nelson, 800 pages on the Dallas Cowboys), he knew Sahm called for something different. “If I write it, you can’t hear that music,” Sahm says. “You can’t see him talk, or realize visually what a character he was. You need to hear him, you need to see him and, most importantly, you need to hear his music.” Patoski insists that Sahm’s versatility in Texas roots music is what makes him a versatile doc subject, not his philandering or quirks. “If he wasn’t such a talented musician, we could have easily just made him into Forrest Gump,” he says. For the project, Patoski and his team conducted 55 interviews about Sahm and drew inspiration from rock documentaries including Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man” and Freddy Camalier’s “Muscle Shoals.” It was vital to Patoski that the whimsy of Sahm and his persona permeate the doc, even if its lighter tone stood in contrast to the heavier competition at SXSW. “I’m an outlier,” Patoski says of his film. “Mine’s frivolous and it’s goofy and it’s about music, but I sincerely believe … you can eavesdrop on any culture if you listen to its radio station.” — Marianne Zumberge

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Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove plays SXSW Film

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Pleased to announce the film that I’ve been directing in association with Arts + Labor Productions has been accepted into the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival and will screen sometime around March 17-21. The film will have its premiere screening in Austin on Thursday April 9, and its San Antonio premiere at the San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday April 11.

Link is here http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18152

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Synopsis

Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove tells the story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musicians’ musician and unsung hero of Texas music. A country music child prodigy and teenage rhythm & blues dynamo who caused a riot at his San Antonio high school, Sahm emerged as an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love in 1967. He returned to Texas as the cowboy hippie rocker who built a burgeoning music scene in Austin in before forming the Tex-Mex super group The Texas Tornados. A kinetic, quirky character with a solid sense of place as well as an innate wanderlust, Doug Sahm’s story is the story of Texas music.

Section: Documentary Feature
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2015
Runtime: 76min

Director: Joe Nick Patoski

Executive Producer: Louis Black, Alan Berg

Producer: Dawn Johnson,

Screenwriter: Joe Nick Patoski, Jason Wehling

Cinematographer: Yuta Yamaguchi

Editor: Cody Ground

Production Designer: Caroline Karlen

Sound Designer: Eric Friend

Additional Credits: Executive Producer: Abe Zimmerman, Associate Producer: Kristin Johansen-Berg, Associate Producer: Craig Parks, Associate Producer: Joe Bailey, Jr., Art Director: Jennymarie Jemison

Principal Cast: Doug Sahm, Shawn Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Ernie Durawa, George Rains, Alvin Crow, Bill Bentley, Ray Benson, Spot Barnett
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Access
Film Badge, Gold Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Type
Documentary Feature
Screening Section
24 Beats Per Second
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Joe Nick Patoski has authored books on Willie Nelson, Selena, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and written about Texas music for Texas Monthly and Rolling Stone. The one story he has wanted to tell most, though, is this one: the saga of Doug Sahm, the greatest musician to emerge from Texas during the 20th century.

Public Film Contact
Dawn Johnson
Arts+Labor
dawn@arts-and-labor.com
(512)374-0000

Publicity Contact
Dawn Johnson
dawn@arts-and-labor.com

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