Score music at the film festival
This will be Cary Brothers third time performing at the Vail Film Festival and the musician has one simple goal. He’d like to catch a film while he’s here.”Evidently there are movies,” the Los Angeles based musician joked during a phone interview. “It’s not just apres ski music and drinking, which is the part I’ve gotten to know quite well the past few years.”
Brothers will join five other independent musicians from Hotel Café, a singer songwriter venue in Los Angeles, onstage at The Red Lion during the Vail Film Festival. The talent present for this years festival is impressive, Brothers said, and on the verge of making a name for themselves.
“Jay Nash, Mieko, and Buddy, I think they’re going to blow up in the next year. It’s a group that I feel a year from now, I’m not sure we could get them all in one place together.”Buddy performed at the Film Festival last year and is back this year. The vibe of the cafe is very laid back, he said.”We all just do short sets on our own and take turns,” he said. “Weekends like that are really fun in that again, you get to go to a festival that seems so supportive of the arts in general, not just film. It’s great as an artist to be surrounded by that.”‘It can change your life’Brothers, who songs have appeared on shows such as “Scrubs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “E.R.,” and “Bones,” got his “break” after his ballad “Blue Eyes” was featured on the Platinum selling, Grammy winning soundtrack to the Indie hit film “Garden State.””You can have a song on the biggest show on television and no one cares, and then you can have one on a small independent film and it can change your life. That changed everything,” Brothers said. “When I got that song on there, at the time (“Garden State”) was nothing, just another indie movie.”Though Brothers didn’t make his “Garden State” connection at the Vail Film Festival (he went to college with Zach Braff, the writer and star of “Garden State”), he’s made plenty of other connections in Vail that have led to his songs ending up in films and on television, he said. And that was the intention for the Festival Music Cafe portion of the festival from the beginning, festival founder and director Sean Cross said. “A lot of independent filmmakers are looking for music for their soundtracks. It’s a good way to connect the two. It helps the musicians out – getting to meet filmmakers. It’s a great opportunity for them to network and hopefully work together.”
Brothers, who has gone from singing open mic nights in Los Angeles to touring nine months out of the year (he’s releasing his next album, “Who You Are” at the end of May and after that will be on the road for the “foreseeable future”) sees film and television as the new radio for aspiring musicians, he said. “Attaching your song to an emotional scene in a movie or T.V. show, there’s a more immediate emotional connection than just to hearing it on the radio,” Brothers said.Keeping it freshNew to the festival this year is a free concert by the Festival Music Café musicians today from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Crossroads Parking lot, Cross said.”It’s kind of nice to think of a new thing to do each year,” Cross said. “We definitely want the community to be able to experience the festival in some aspect even if they’re not pass holders.”Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.