One of the cinematic highlights of SXSW was yesterday's world premiere of For The Sake of The Song: The Story of Anderson Fair. Produced by Houstonians Bruce Bryant and Jim Barham, the film documents the forty year history of one of the most storied Texas music venues.
The old spaghetti restaurant on Grant (behind Texas Art Supply, one block off Montrose) is, along with Sand Mountain and the Old Quarter, sacred ground in the history of the Texas singer-songwriter movement. Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Eric Taylor, Vince Bell and numerous other luminaries in the Texas singer-songwriter scene earned their spurs at Anderson Fair.
The film features extensive interviews with Lovett, Williams, Guy Clark, and Taylor commenting on the significance of the venue. Interspersed is some amazing archival footage of Lovett in his earliest stage, of Williams in glasses and looking like an awkward teenager. And there is some telling footage of Townes van Zandt looking gaunt, frazzled, and damaged.
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Bryant and Barham have told this important story well. Houston audiences will get their first opportunity to view the documentary during World Fest. The official Houston premier is set for 9:00 p.m, April 10 at the AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale.