“Clear-eyed, Atmospherically Rich- a documentary true to its place and time” Chicago Tribune
“Go see it! It’s beautifully shot, it’s loud, it’s terrific.” The Dallas Observer
Coming off of their 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize award-winning film We Live In Public, executive producers Sean McKeough and Vladimir Radovanov are set to help introduce a second film to American audiences entitled Echotone. The principals of Cobra Music branched out into film last year and are committed to the launch of their next intriguing documentary, while continuing their involvement in music projects like the burgeoning Riot Fest.
Echotone is a documentary film that explores the tension between art and commerce through an examination of the Austin music community by spotlighting the lives of Austin musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city. Directed by Nathan Christ and photographed by Robert Garza, Echotone is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class and features such artists as Ghostland Observatory, The Black Angels, Black Joe Lewis, Belaire, Bill Baird (formerly of Sound Team) and his new band Sunset, among others. The film has played film festivals in Chicago and Austin among others, was recently screened at the Denver Film Festival, and will be screened at New Orleans’ Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Chicago natives McKeough and Radovanov are longtime friends who shared such a passion for music that they partnered to found Cobra Music and its roster now includes Black President, Suffrajett, Telephone, The Hanks, Bombay Bicycle Company and the Ashes. Sean McKeough is a musician and entrepreneur, owner and co-owner of Chicago restaurants Moonshine, Forno Diablo, Japonaise, the Cobra Lounge, record label Cobra Music and the punk rock music festival known as Riot Fest. With business partner, Vladimir Radovanov, Sean executive produced Timoner’s film We Live In Public, winner of the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. In addition, Sean leads local Chicago band, the Ashes, set to release their debut LP in early 2011.
Vladimir Radovanov is a musician, entrepreneur and entertainment attorney with 15 years of business and artist development experience in both music and film. Vlad has represented numerous clients in the entertainment industry, including various musical artists, managers, producers, record labels, music festivals and studios such as TV Guide and 20th Century Fox. Vlad began his career in film by providing legal advice to award winning director Ondi Timoner on numerous matters, including in connection with the 2004 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning rock documentary Dig! Vlad also executive produced Timoner’s film We Live In Public, winner of the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and part of the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. His other film forays include representation of the seminal bands Fishbone and the Magnetic Fields in connection with the documentaries Everyday Sunshine and Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields.
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