I’ll be heading to Austin this weekend for SXSW, covering the Film and Interactive conferences for KCRW. For more coverage (including music!) check out our KCRW/SXSW Tumblr page and follow me on Twitter @JennyKCRW.
There are tons of film premieres in Austin this week that have me very curious. But there’s one film that I can’t wait to see. As a radio producer, it already has a special place in my heart.
Song from the Forest is a documentary about what happens when you hear something on the radio one day, and allow it to completely and totally change the direction of your life. That’s what happened to American Louis Sarno. He was so moved by a song he heard on the radio that he traveled to the place where it came from – the Bayaka Pygmies, a community of hunters and gatherers who live deep in the Central African Rainforest. Sarno never left. Today, he’s fully a part of the Bayaka community. He has recorded more than 1,000 hours of tape of the unique Bayaka music that transfixed him in the first place. Song from the Forest goes with Sarno as he travels back to his own place of origin, New York City, this time with his 13-year-old Pygmy son Samedi.