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Nathan Christ

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About the Movie

A New York Times Critics' Pick and one of Paste Magazine's Top Documentaries of 2011, ECHOTONE is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class. Featuring Black Joe Lewis, Cari Palazolo, Bill Baird, Dana Falconberry, and performances by Ghostland Observatory, The Octopus Project, the Black Angels and more, this lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view into the lives of Austin's vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city. Directed by Nathan Christ and photographed by Robert Garza.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The realities in Nathan Christ's impressive documentary "Echotone" are, sadly, nothing new. But the emotions surrounding them are nevertheless compelling. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Sep 8, 2011

Rotten: There's a potentially fascinating and appreciably more concise 60-minute documentary to be found somewhere amid the uneven and unfocused 88-minute hodgepodge. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Sep 2, 2011

Fresh: Too vital for elegy, Echotone tells an old story whose beginning -- the inception of a vibrant creative hub -- remains mysterious, although the end is easy to predict. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Sep 6, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Amazing film

Resonates in my soul.

Impressionistic and lyrical doc on the growth of Austin, Texas

If you're looking for a documentary that is more focused, informational, and narrative-driven, then this is not your film. Journalists and social scientists in particular may be quite frustrated with how light the doc is on politics, statistics, and objectivity. It could also have used a bit of editing, and it's also important to note that - as is with the case for many docs - it is a promotional piece (intentional or otherwise, probably the former) for those profiled. However, whatever it's failings, it makes up for in visual and aural splendor, some great scenes and quotes, and passion. (It is, after all, a film by, for, and about artists.) This, along with "The Unforeseen", is highly recommended viewing for every Austin resident. Our city is growing so much - doubled in the past 25-30 years - that we should all be aware of it and its potential consequences.


This Film Is truly amazing. If you love indie music you'll love this. I met Nicholas last year in Chambersburg,PA. What a great guy he is. I wish you well and continued seccess on this film. Please support this film.

Adrien Snively

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