Check out The “Socalled” Movie where a real artist who follows his dream is able to take the internet and YouTube and become a massive success (apparently that really does work! Keep trying all your indie film-makers with crappy cameras and good ideas!). Thanks to the National Film Board of Canada and YouTube the feature-length documentary film titled The “Socalled” Movie will be premiered at the SXSW Film Festival on March 16.

The film is about Canadian musician, Socalled, whose debut music video garnered over 2M views on YouTube, is the subjects of the film and will also be performing at the festival on the 16th.

Official Synopsis:

Meet Socalled. He’s unstoppable. A pianist, singer, arranger, rapper, producer and composer (and also a magician, filmmaker, and visual artist), he’s blasting through the boundaries that separate music from different cultures, eras, and generations.

Socalled is a musical alchemist, always looking for the next old thing to make new again. The “socalled” Movie shows him introducing funk trombone legend Fred Wesley (of James Brown fame) to klezmer music, while wowing Wesley with his knowledge of funk. When Dolgin comes across LP’s from the 1950′s by lounge pianist Irving Fields, he looks up 94-year-old Fields and inspires him to pen a new hit song.

Shot in Socalled’s Montreal neighbourhood where Hasidic Jews and hipsters crowd the sidewalks, and in New York, France and the Ukraine, The “Socalled” Movie is a cinematic multi-faceted depiction of inspiration, collaboration and transformation.

Socalled defies category and refuses limitations. The “Socalled” Movie examines his energy from all angles and transmits the urgent creative spark to everyone watching: now’s your chance – go out there and make something!


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See the film at SXSW – The films Closing/ Music Opening Party 3.16.10, Co-Hosted by YouTube and VH1 will take place at Maggie Mae’s at 9pm followed by a live performanceby 10pm.

Maggie Mae’s
323 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX

What do you think about Socalled making it to SXSW because of YouTube?