Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub

Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub

With iconic Austin venues closing each year due to rising rents and property taxes, the writing is on the wall for the Saxon Pub, a mainstay for live music since 1990. Soon being forced to a new space -- akin to closure for most clubs -- its owner Joe Ables, its regulars and staff and its beloved musicians such as local luminaries Bob Schneider, Patrice Pike, Guy Forsyth, Joe Ely, Hector Ward, Carolyn Wonderland, The Resentments, Johnny Nicholas, W.C. Clark, Robynn Shayne and others, turn to face the music until they learn their fate might not be sealed after all. Call it divine intervention or a stroke of good luck, the Saxon could live to see another day if it plays its cards right….

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Jeff Sandmann



Director: Jeff Sandmann
Executive Producer: Gary Keller, Vince Foster, Allen Gilmer
Producer: Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel, Jeffrey Brown
Screenwriter: Jeff Sandmann, Jeffrey Brown, Nancy Higgins
Cinematographer: Andrew Alden Miller
Editor: Nancy Higgins
Sound Designer: Lyman Hardy
Music: Various Saxon Pub Musicians - Joe Ely, Bob Schneider, The Resentments, Patrice Pike, Guy Forsyth. Carolyn Wonderland, Hector Ward and many, many more!
Principal Cast: Bob Schneider, Patrice Pike, Joe Ely, The Resentments, Guy Forsyth, Carolyn Wonderland, Hector Ward, Joe Ables, Gary Keller, Mayor Steve Adler


Public Film Contact
Jeffrey Brown
Big Day Pictures
512 900 0572
Publicity Contact
John Wildman -- Wildworks PR
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 70:00 mins