The debut feature film from director Craig Zobel, the thriller Compliance, is coming out later this summer. And while we’re big fans of independent cinema, we’ve got a special reason why we’re excited about this movie. Compliance marks a major success for OurStage’s Licensing Program, featuring a soundtrack comprised of OurStage artists.
Don’t go see Compliance if you’re looking for another popcorn movie. Feel good hit of the summer, this is not. The cerebral, challenging movie earned rave reviews when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. From the movie’s synopsis:
Becky and Sandra aren’t the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason.
Heavy stuff indeed.
It’s 2012, compadres¦ a new year with many new and genuinely exciting things to come here at OurStage. The first among those things is a whole slew of new writers and columns to entertain your brain. I’m your host, co-editor and abettor, Scott. I help out on a lot of fronts at OurStage, and I’ll be using this space to give you updates, talk about new goings-on, highlight some quality musics, settle personal grudges and generally act-out for attention.
You may already have seen some of our new columns, but, briefly, an overview: We’re gonna be looking at some pioneering tools (both cutting-edge and retro) that artists are coming up with to promote their music in our Band Aids spot; Second Coming will be catching up with some artists who may be on the brink of a comeback; we’ve got a series of topics for the electronic musician and fan called Electropolis; we will also be getting meta-playlist on your ass with SoundTrax; and, finally, Superlatones is going to propose some artist collaborations we’re dying to see. All of this is in addition to our many long-running and popular columns.
In other news, we were psyched to give an assist to OurStage artists 2nd Half and Thank You & Goodnight, who got some exposure during this past weekend’s ESPN broadcast of the NCAA basketball games. Listen and vote for your favorite on the ESPN Home Court Facebook page. And keep watching the games for more.
And speaking of TV and movie placements, look out for the upcoming indie film, Compliance, directed by Craig Zobel and currently generating tons of buzz at the Sundance Film Festival. OurStage artists Ed Leavitt, Daniel Whittington, Admiral Twin, Gar Richmond, Jesi Kettering, Bearin’ Peace, Blacklisted Individuals, Ashley Robertson and Konshens will all be featured on the soundtrack. Yeah man.
Finally, a quick note”we’ve been slowly rolling out big re-vamps to OurStage.com over the past few months. We’re excited about these changes and know that they are important leaps forward in terms of your OurStage experience. We also know that there have been a few bumps in the road with functionality of some of the new things we’re offering. This is, unfortunately, a part of any major overhaul, and we continue to do our best to minimize and eliminate any problems as soon as we can. Please let us know if you experience any technical difficulties so we can get on top of it”you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We really appreciate your feedback and your patience.
Lots more to come, my friends.