Sound It Out

Sound It Out is the official film of Record Store Day 2011, which falls on 16 April this year.  It tells the story of Sound It Out Recordsthe last record shop in Stockton-In-Tees – and the community that frequent it in one of the UK’s most deprived areas. Shot on a tiny budget raised through donations made by over 200 people, the film’s director Jeanie Finlay grew up three miles from the shop and credits it with kick-starting her love of music, a passion she doesn’t feel she could get from MP3s.

It’s been a while since I’ve set foot in a record shop. I’ve never been an audiophile and vinyl doesn’t make me go all dewy eyed. Maybe it’s down to where I grew up but as much as I enjoyed browsing the racks, I never really felt like part of a community. Saying this, the anthropological nature of docs like this is fascinating and it’ll be interesting to see the UK equivalent of last year’s excellent Record Store Day film I Need That Record.

Sound It Out premières at SXSW on Thursday. Request a screening in your town.

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