SXSW Preview: The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights

We’re moving right along toward SXSW 2010 with our preview in full swing. Only 21 days until the festival kicks off and we still have a ton of great movies to talk about. So we might as well get one of the big ones out of the way. Sharing festival space with one of the country’s biggest music fests isn’t easy for SXSW Film (it smells funny in Austin when the music fest starts), but there are some advantages. Like being the one festival that shows all of the most rockin’ movies. Docs, narratives and emerging visions. If it rocks, chances are that you’ll see it at South by. And this year is no exception. The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights (dir. Emmett Malloy), which shines a light on their tenth anniversary show, is just one of several kick-ass movies about music. Take a look at the official synopsis, photos and trailer below.


Under Great White Northern Lights is a visual and emotional feature length film documenting The White Stripes making their way through Canada and culminating with their 10th anniversary show in Nova Scotia. The film documents the band playing shows all over Canada; from local bowling alleys, to city buses, and onward to the historic Savoy Theatre for the 10th Anniversary show. Along the way, they have some nice casual conversations about their ten years together, fire cannons, play some of their biggest songs together on stage, and even play a ‘one note show.’ The cameras were there to capture every waking moment.



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