Films about the Cowsills, the collaboration between My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and two Los Angeles record stores — Rhino Records and Music Man Murray — will be screened at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival between Jan. 26 and Feb. 5.
Also making its world premiere is Sara Sugarman’s “Vinyl, USA” about a 1980s rock band that caused a media frenzy in 2004 when the group made a comeback under the guise of an young punk band, much as the Alarm did when they released a single of “45 RPM” as the Poppyfields.
A music-themed scripted film, Ryan O’Nan’s “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best,” chronicles two men on a dubious tour that may be their last shot at achieving their childhood dreams.
“Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” directed by Bill Filipiak, Ian Boyles and Louise Palanker, documents the rise of the family of singers to stardom in the late 1960s. Cowsill siblings Bill, Bob, Paul, Barry, John and Susan, plus mom Barbara, scored with hits such as “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” “Indian Lake” and “Hair,” providing the model for the TV series “The Partridge Family.”
Danny Clinch’s “Live at Preservation Hall: A Louisiana Fairytale” captures interaction with New Orleans’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band and My Morning Jacket, culminating in an intimate live performance in the historic Preservation Hall.
“Rhino Resurrected,” directed by Keith Shapiro, chronicles the idiosyncratic history of the storied Rhino Records, the creation of the Rhino label and its brief run as a pop-up store. Richard Parks’ short “Music Man Murray” documents a rare record store in L.A. with more than 500,000 vinyl albums.
Daniel Fridell’s “El Medico: The Cubaton Story” focuses on new musical sound coming from Cuba and the doctor who has become its voice.