On Wednesday, Oct. 11 Examiner.com was invited to attend a special screening of the "Inside Llewyn Davis" documentary "Another Day/Another Time" at Walter Reade Theater presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and CBS Films.
There are few American directors who can complement a visually jaw dropping film with an equally pleasant and exquisite soundtrack, among these we find Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson or Sofia Coppola and last but not least the Coen Brothers. In the year 1998, the directors crossed paths with multifaceted musician T Bone Burnett for the well regarded movie "The Big Lebowski," forming an alliance that would bare its fruit in the year 2000 with "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," a film that offers one of the best soundtracks for any american film in the past two decades. Thirteen years later the collaborative process gave birth to another highly successful music production for the film "Inside Llewyn Davis," which was awarded with the prestigious Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival held in May this year.
"Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis" directed by Christopher Wilcha and produced by Burnett, Rudin and the Coen brothers documents the four hour concert offered at the New York City Town Hall on September 29 inspired by the music of "Inside Llewyn Davis." Some of the artists performing in the film are the recognizable Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White and the talented actor Oscar Isaac, who achieves a courageous performance blending in with ease among these fellow musicians. Nonetheless, the most breathtaking interpretations may come from artists you've never heard before such as Rhiannon Giddens, who gets everybody on their feet with the Gaelic "S'iomadh Rid The Dhith Om", The Milk Carton Kids a pitch perfect duet or the virtuoso Chris Thile from the Punch Brothers, a band that makes several appearances on stage throughout the show.
Intertwined with interviews, rehearsals (the gentile T Bone Burnett can be seen constantly guarding his musicians encouraging a creative atmosphere, while blowing the fumes of an everlasting palo santo, Ethan and Joel Coen are also present at the rehearsals) and hilarious behind the scenes footage in the magical and intimate Town Hall, the documentary successfully manages to create a brief fable of the September 29 concert bringing back to life the atmosphere and folk experience.
A Q&A session moderated by David Carr of the New York Times followed the screening of "Another Day/ Another Time" at the Walter Read Theatre with actor Oscar Isaac, Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids), Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers). The session, which had a festive tone delved on the effortless communion between the artists, the power of working in Town Hall and the responsibility of reviving old tunes that are such a rich part of the American culture from Bob Nolan, Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie to Sweet Papa Stovepipe. The work of Oscar Isaac on screen and his flawless performance on stage was also discussed and some of the artists shared secrets from backstage such as Kenneth Pattengale, who overwhelmed by the intimacy of Town Hall, found his niche in the basement and a bottle of whisky only to find himself side by side with hero Patti Smith.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is now playing.