Last night at Illiterate Callery, bands and members of the music community who participated in the making of Denver Undiscovered got a special sneak peek of the film before its public debut on February 4. The yet-to-be-released documentary -- which is a collaboration between filmmaker Dane Bernhardt and Westword's own music critic Tom Murphy -- is a look at a slice of Denver's music scene from 2009 to 2010, respectively.
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Beginning with a reunited Warlock Pinchers and sewing it all up with Pictureplane, Denver Undiscovered takes a trip through the back end of a music scene, talking with members of over two dozen bands about how they see themselves and their contemporaries functioning as a cohesive whole.
Denver's geographical isolation is an overwhelming theme, as well as the trickle down effect of many bands that have come from Fort Collins and Boulder to make music in Denver. Speaking before the showing, Murphy stressed that the documentary is just a piece of the local music scene's history and current workings -- but that there have been hundreds of bands involved in the community, and all couldn't be included in the two-hour piece.
Denver Undiscovered begins with a quick introduction to Denver's musical background by Murphy, then spends the majority of the film splicing live footage of each band with commentary about the music they make. Featuring 28 bands currently active in the community, Murphy's interviews include Hot White, Amazing Twin, The Siren Project, Accordion Crimes, Lust-Cats of the Gutters, Ideal Fathers and more.
The public screening of Denver Undiscovered goes down at 6:30 p.m., Friday February 4 at the Meadowlark, and will feature live performances by Hideous Men, Married in Berdichev, King Mob and Modern Witch.