Years of dedication and hard work, not to mention fun, paid
off for directors Kris Curry and Rich Fox, whose rock n
roll documentary, Tribute,was an audience favorite
at SXSW. Roxanne Bogucka spoke to the directors right after
a screening where the audience just about went nuts.
RB: ... the producers and directors of Tribute,
Rich Fox and Kris Curry. Welcome to Austin.
KC: Were having an awesome time.
RB: Thats good to hear. Your film Tribute
was wonderful. There was a crowd that was going wild in there.
How long did you work on the film?
KC: Well from start to finish shooting, it was about
four and a half years. Its been about six years now
since we first thought of doing it, so were, I guess
were starting year six. Its a long time.
RB: Were you working on other projects while Tribute
work was going on?
RF: Yeah, in that five or six years its been breaks
when we havent been working on it. We both have been
doing a lot of day jobs. We work in television in Los Angeles,
and we basically made the movie on our own credit cards, so
its been a lot of having to stop to work, to make more
money to keep making the film. So its been an on and
RB: How did yall identify the tribute bands
and hook up with them?
KC: We cast a pretty wide net and then we wanted to,
story was more important than the actual band they were a
tribute to. So we met and talked with a lot of people and
ended up selecting the subjects for the film based on what
was going on in their life and what we could try and foresee
would happen that could happen on camera for the next couple
of years. So that was the biggest criterion.
RB: Did you find that there were certain bands who
have a whole lot more tribute bands and cover bands to them.
I mean, I would guess that Kiss would be very popular.
RF: Kiss is popular, but because it takes so much money and
work to do the costumes and everything, theres actually
not as many of them. Beatles bands are the number one
tribute act, but we couldnt follow the Beatles because
the music is so un-clearable. So Beatles, Rolling Stones,
theres a lot of Grateful Dead and the Doors.
RB: That was my next question, about the music, because
youve got music of Judas Priest and Queen
and the Monkees, and it sounds like money.
KC: It is a lot of money, and frankly without Steven
Soderbergh s help, we
probably wouldnt be able to get this film out there.
It was his patronage that made a lot of this possible. And
he hooked us up with his music supervisor from Traffic
and Oceans Eleven, whos been helping us
RB: So what is the Steven Soderbergh connection?
RF: I went to film school with Stephen Mirrione. Hes
Steven Soderberghs editor on Traffic and Oceans
Eleven. And Stephen Mirrione helped us out editing the
film and kind of mentored us through the editing process.
And he showed a rough cut to Steven Soderbergh, who by just
complete coincidence was a fan of tribute bands, and a Rolling
Stones tribute band in particular. And he just loved the movie
and wanted to help us get it done and get it out there.
RB: Thats awesome. So wheres the movie
KC: Thats a real good question. Weve got
probably another year of festivals. For us thats sort
of the reward we get for having spent so much time. Because
going to festivals is such a treat, and you get to see a ton
of good movies. So were going to just focus for the
next year on going to as many festivals as possible. And building
a fan base. And were talking to some distributors.
RF: We have a sales rep who works at ICM and hes been
talking to a lot of people about buying the movie.
RB: Thats great. Thank you both very much for
this wonderful documentary, Tribute, rock n
roll cover bands.
RF: Tribute bands!
RB: Tribute bands. [all laugh] My bad.