VTXIFF 2014 - Joe Reyna to perform after Self Medicated screening



JOEREYNA Singer SongwriterBirthplace - Victoria, TexasWriting Style - Channeling. JOEREYNA is a third generation musician. His grandmother writer her own material and was a famous singer for most of her time in the spanish ballad genre of the sixties and seventies. She recorded records in her time. She brought Joe's father into the tejano genre as a bass player. Alfonso Reyna was inducted into the tejano roots hall of fame this past year.


He continues the family work in his own style using the singer songwriter approach.


Dave and Beth Soliz through their art shows helped him meet Anthony Pedone and the film festival where he has played since it's inception.

Never Records visits Victoria in 2013

Never Records is a combination recording studio and record shop, all operating in one building. The sole proprietor, interior decorator, and engineer is New York-based artist Ted Riederer. Inspired by his own redemptive education at a young age inside the walls of a local record store in Rockville, Maryland as well as the field recording projects of Alan Lomax, Riederer devised his unique community art installation in the early part of this century and has been replicating it with regional variations throughout the world since 2010.


Performers from a locale sign up for recording sessions ahead of time, with no auditions necessary. Riederer usually offers three hour sessions, during which he mixes on the fly and cuts vinyl right in front of the artist’s eyes once both are satisfied with a particular take. The recordings are free to the artist, the sessions are open to the public, and you can’t buy anything you see. Ted hasn’t lowered prices by cutting out the middleman. He is the middleman. He is not a vertical operation; he is an elliptical one, a constant feedback loop supplying its own demand. Still, everyone takes something home, even if it’s the barest speck of record shop camaraderie inadvertently inhaled.


Within the walls of the Never Records shop, visitors can view a gallery of photographs and artwork from previous temporary establishments in the US and UK, as well as flip through stacks of vinyl representing the hundreds of solo folk artists, punk bands, storytellers, jazz groups, and noisicians who jumped at the chance for a free recording session. Black wooden bins hold a curated selection of records from the growing collection, but these aren’t for sale or even trade.


The artist or band is allowed to take their own copy home, and another is added to Riederer’s archives, as well as a digital copy. Riederer encourages bands to use the recording any way they want. There are no fees, royalties, or ownership issues.

Kevin Gant Performs at VTXIFF 2013

In 2012 the documentary "Kevin" graced the theatres of Victoria in the first year of VTXIFF.  The documentary foxues on Kevin, his music career and personal issues.


"In Austin, TX in the early '90s, Kevin Gant was the Duplass Brothers' hero. They reveled in Kevin's exploratory musical style and playful spirituality. But in 1995, Kevin mysteriously disappeared. Jay Duplass' documentary debut explores who Kevin is, how he lost his inspiration, and what he must do to get it back."


In 2013, Kevin Gant came back Victoria to perform acoustic performances of his music.



Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys to Play at Jam Fest 2013

April 1, 2013

Boston’s Best Artist of 2011, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, will be jamming out with us this Jam Fest!


“There is a curious blend of mischief and morbidity in Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, as the duo of Sickert and Edrie are called. They garnish their ominous doom-folk with the theatricality if a demonic circus troupe. Past performances have included storytellers, fire-eaters, glass-eaters, contortionists and, of course, Edrie’s broken toy army.” – Boston Herald


Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys have been making as much noise nationally as they do locally with a steady foundation of coverage by the Boston press including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Noise and The Phoenix The Army of Toys has also been featured nationally on NPR’s Here and Now, All Songs Considered and on MuchMusic. The band was honored to be featured at NXNE Music Conference in Toronto, Canada, where they also won Best International Song for the track “Pale Horse” by Toronto Magazine. In addition, Walter has been featured for the last five years as a part of the RPM Challenge, sponsored by New Hampshire’s The Wire.


Walter Sickert – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Edrie – Accordion, Bells, Cymbal-Clapping Monkey
Rachel Jayson – Viola
Meff – Rhythm Guitar, moustache
TJ Horn – Drums
JoJo the Burlesque Poetess – Ukelele, spoken word
Mike Leggio – Stand-Up Bass

Connect with Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys
Walter’s InkDrip site:
Twitter: @armyoftoys

Jaggery Coming to Jam Fest 2013

April 1, 2013

Joining Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys this year at Jam Fest is Jaggery. Jaggery (the word comes from the dark brown, Indian sugar) is a Boston-based musical collective whose sound defies genre. Borrowing pages from the books of both Kate Bush and Alice Coltrane, the band suggests a classical, organic Cocteau Twins or a “white witch” counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas. Frontwoman Singer Mali’s muti-hued vocalizations conjure up emotion and atmosphere which can only be weighed on a global scale. Yet delicate or explosive, it’s always magnificent, captivating, and sustained by a gorgeous tapestry woven by the unique instrumentation of upright bass, piano, viola, Celtic harp, and drums. Jaggery has toured up and down the east coast and has opened for Amanda Palmer and Wye Oak. The band’s recent EP release, Private Violence, garnered international praise.


Jaggery’s first music video (“O Scorpio”) won their director “Most Promising New England Filmmaker 2009” at the Boston Underground Film Festival. Their second (“Sea of Sideways) was featured at BUFF 2011.


Connect with Jaggery



Twitter: @jaggerymusic


2013 Jam Fest Film Screening

April 1, 2013

In addition to all the outstanding tunes offered at Jam Fest, you can also catch the documentary, “My Father and the Man in Black”, WINNER of the “Best Music Film” prize at the Radar Hamburg International Film Festival (Germany).


Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul. An intense personal adventure with universal themes that just happens to feature one of 20th-century music’s greatest icons, “My Father and The Man In Black” tells the inside story of ‘bad boy’ Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend.



“Think you know Johnny Cash? See this riveting, excoriating documentary!” – Peter Gerstenzang, The Village Voice


“Imaginatively crafted, ruthlessly honest, and genuinely haunting.” – Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight


“You can feel all the tension, and the heartbreak, rumbling beneath every frame” – Katherine Monk, Vancouver Province“A painfully honest twin portrait of manager and artist.” – Philip Brown, Toronto Star


“A privileged perspective on crucial moments in Johnny Cash’s career” – The Hollywood Reporter



WINNER “Best Feature” at EDINDOCS 2012 (Edinburgh, Scotland)


WINNER “Best Music Film” at RADAR Hamburg International (Germany)


TOP 10 Audience Favorite at Vancouver International Film Festival


TOP 10 Audience Favorite at Calgary International Film Festival

Jam Fest Film Screening April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012


Directed by: Edward Payson


A documentary that follows three bands that refuse to give up on their dream of making it big over the course of one year that will change everything. Follow ‘Fight Friendly’, ‘Paul Nagi’ and, ‘The Muddy Reds’ as they balance their rock n’ roll aspirations with the hardships and realities of daily life in this documentary that dares you to follow your own dreams and shows the power of never giving up on what inspires you.


Director Statement:

Have you ever asked yourself, “ What would it have been like if I had followed my dreams?” This is a question many Americans ask themselves every day while working a job that they hate. In 2009 I graduated college in one of the worst financial meltdowns the country had ever seen. A job in the film business was already hard to come by out of college and with a crumbling economy it was next to impossible to get my foot in the door. I had two films with budgets lined up but I got tired of waiting for producers to give me the green light and after a year of the hurry up and wait game, I decided to try something different. A documentary could be made for cheap. I had never made a documentary, hell I really only had tried my hand at horror films, but I was determined. One day while sitting in cubicle hell, I decided I needed to tell the story of the underdog but the idea of making it about bands didn’t hit me until I was sitting around after a film screening with my friends Gino Devaney and Brandon Scullion. Brandon was my roommate and is a connoisseur of music. Gino went to school for radio and like me moved to California from New Hampshire to follow his dreams. That night the idea of “Unsigned” was born around a table at a Mexican restaurant.


I decided the film should focus around three bands and their everyday struggles. I put an add out on Craigslist and started looking for bands. In the first day I had over 40 responses. From that day I picked the Muddy Reds, a Southern, Blues style rock band that knows how jam in a retro funk kind of way. Throughout the week more responses came in slowly.. From there I picked two more bands, Paul Nagi, a dark new wave Indie solo act with heart felt lyrics and killer guitar rifts. After 2 more weeks I found Fight Friendly, an indie pop punk band with catchy choruses and an unmatched energy. All the pieces of the puzzle fell into place and filming began. The film evolved into something bigger than I ever thought it could be. The story of these bands went in a direction I could never have foreseen and we have all changed because of it.


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