Submitted by Karen Swartz.
Guerilla Filmmaker, Brendan Toller, unleashed “I NEED THAT RECORD! THE DEATH (OR POSSIBLE SURVIVAL) OF THE INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE,” a documentary film examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. This film prominently features Record Express of Middletown which closed its doors permanently in June of 2006. Also featured were Trash American Style of Waterbury which also recently closed, as well as an impressive ensemble from Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth to activist/author Noam Chomsky of MIT and many many more musicians and independent record stores across the U.S. of A!
The film had its Connecticut premier to a packed house on July 13th at the Wallingford American Legion Hall The premier was sponsored by Red Scroll Records of Wallingford, a newly opened independent record store which proves out to be the potential happy ending of the film. Malcolm Tent formerly of Trash American Style opened with an all-aggressive-acoustic rock set which resonated with the crowd as much as the film itself, which garnered a long standing ovation.
The film will be making the festival circuit later this summer. Check the websites for future showings or to see the trailers.