Indigo Girls, Vijay Iyer and Talib Kweli featured in “MIXTAPE TRILOGY: STORIES OF THE POWER OF MUSIC”


Los Angeles, CA – The official trailer for Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is out now, featuring Talib Kweli, Indigo Girls and composer/pianist Vijay Iyer. The film has been selected as the closing night film at the Richmond International Film Festival June 12, with additional festivals to be announced.

Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is a documentary that explores the unifying power of music and examines the relationship between musical artists and their fans. Featured artists include: Indigo Girls, Vijay Iyer, and Talib Kweli. The film is written and directed by Kathleen Ermitage and is her directorial debut. Previously, she was an associate producer on Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary; Sergio Mendes: In the Key of Joy; Herb Alpert Is; and the forthcoming What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?

Amy Ray of Indigo Girls said “It is an absolute honor to be part of this poignant film that truly shows the power of music through the eyes of the artist and the receiver of that art. It sheds light on the alchemy that happens when music enters the public space and is a catalyst for healing, spiritual connection, activism and creative growth.”

The Indigo Girls generously share details about their creative process and work which, in turn, sparks the imagination and changes the life of arguably their biggest fan. Jazz and classical musician Vijay Iyer expertly questions issues of immigration and race while inventing a life in music for himself; his work touches the heard of a “man of the streets” from Kingston, Jamaica. Hip hop artist Talib Kweli insightfully describes the inspiration he found in family and his neighborhood—which inspires an architect from Detroit. Collectively, we are entertained by that mysterious space in between artist and fan. The art of listening will unfold for the audience and inspires people to listen to music, and perhaps, each other in new ways.

“In making this film, we witnessed the power of music to connect people, to remove divisions, to help us truly see one another,” director Kathleen Ermitage said. “We continue to be inspired by these stories of hope through the joy of music. Very soon we will have an opportunity to share our film with festival audiences and we can’t wait!”

For more information on screenings visit the festival website.

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