2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The American Epic Sessions

Wednesday, March 16
11:00AM - 1:00PM

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave

Hashtags: #sxsw #americanepic

Jack White and T Bone Burnett invite today’s greatest artists to test their skills against the long-lost machine that recorded their musical idols and forebears. The producers have, over a decade rebuilt, a 1920s recording system, timed by a weight-driven system of clockwork gears. Stripped of the comforts and security of modern technology, Nas, Elton John, Alabama Shakes, Steve Martin Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, are among the artists who have three minutes and one chance to get their music etched into a revolving wax disc, before the weight hits the floor. The results are career defining performances and the very definition of "Lighting In A Bottle".

Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 120min

Director: Bernard MacMahon

Executive Producer: Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett, Jack White

Producer: Allison McGourty, Bill Holderman, Adam Block, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson

Screenwriter: Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson

Cinematographer: Vern Moen

Editor: Dan Gitlin

Sound Designer: Nicholas Bergh

Music: Duke Erikson

Additional Credits: Created By: Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson, Co-Producers: Jack McLean, Patricia Bischetti, Associate Producer: Patrick Ferris, Assistant Editor: Karl Steig, Executive in Charge for PBS: Bill Gardner, Executive Producer for BBC Arena: Anthony Wall, Executive In Charge for WNET: Stephen Segaller, Executive Producer for Thirteen Productions: Julie Anderson

Principal Cast: T Bone Burnett, Jack White, Nas, Alabama Shakes, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Beck, Elton John, Taj Mahal, The Avett Brothers


Bernard MacMahon is a British born, Santa Monica based film director and writer. He is the director, creator and writer of American Epic, a body of work exploring the early history of American recorded music. He is a Sundance Institute alumnus, a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and co-founder of Lo-Max Films.

Distributor: N/A

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Allison McGourty
Lo-Max Films
(310) 857-9349

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Allison McGourty



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