The 2019 SXSW Film Festival is almost upon us and we can’t wait to have you here! Before you make your way down to Austin, TX, get to know films from our lineup a little bit better with our Filmmaker In Focus series. Dive into our Q&A with director Brian Loschiavo, as he tells us about his film Bluebird, which will world premiere in the 24 Beats Per Second screening section.
In your own words, what does this film mean to you?
Brian Loschiavo: This film is the perfect intersection of my two greatest passions: songwriting and filmmaking. To be trusted to tell the story of a place that is held sacred by so many has been the greatest honor of my career.
What motivated you to tell this story?
BL: Once I became aware of the incredible songwriting community in Nashville, it became my obsession to somehow tell the stories of the brilliant minds behind the music. The Bluebird Cafe and its humble yet remarkable legacy was the perfect vehicle to tell those stories.
How did you find your subject?
BL: My subject found me. While at dinner during a music festival in London, Bluebird Cafe GM Erika Wollam Nichols asked me and my business partner, Jeff Molyneaux (DP of the film), if we’d be interested in making a documentary about The Bluebird. The 2 year anniversary of that fateful dinner will be during SXSW this year.
What do you want the audience to take away?
BL: I want those that have never stepped foot inside The Bluebird Cafe to feel the magic that it and the songwriters that have passed through its doors create.
What were you doing when you found out you were coming to SXSW?
BL: Waking up to a crying baby, checking my email, jumping out of bed and scaring my wife half to death.
What made you choose SXSW to showcase your film to the world?
BL: What better place to premiere a film about music than a festival that celebrates both?
Add Bluebird to your SXSW Schedule. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we share more interviews with our SXSW 2019 filmmakers!
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See you in March!
Bluebird – Photo by Riverside Entertainment