Even if you’re unfamiliar with Stones Throw releases, the film is an excellent look at the importance of curation and art direction at a smaller record label. “It’s certainly an artist-first label; traditional labels are much more concerned with how they are going to market an artist,” says director Jeff Broadway. “Stones Throw doesn’t make artists; they find artists.” With everyone from Kanye West to Questlove discussing the label’s influence on their own work and Madlib sharing his contribution to the Stones Throw discography, Vinyl is a seamless blend of storytelling, music, art and archival footage. (Fans of late label superstar J Dilla will be especially pleased to hear more about the life and work of the rapper and producer.)
Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton screens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $12 to $15 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 303-595-3456, or at denverfilm.org.
Sat., April 12, 7 p.m., 2014