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Mellencamping At SXSW

NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Kurt Markus, who is known for his still photographer, is the visionary filmmaker behind It’s About You.  The film was shot in Super 8 during the course of John Mellencamp’s six-week 2009 summer tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

It's About You will premiere as one of the featured selections chosen for the 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival at the Alamo Ritz 1 on Saturday, March 12, followed by a Q+A session with the filmmakers and John Mellencamp.

The film will also screen on Sunday, March 13 at the Rollins Studio Theatre in the Long Center For The Performing Arts and on Thursday, March 17 in the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center.

It’s About You, an American Documentary Showcase selection, will be featured at the Nashville Film Festival next month. Nashville screenings are set for Sunday, April 17 and Monday, April 18 at the Regal Cinema in Green Hills.

It’s About You chronicles the recording of No Better Than This, Mellencamp’s T Bone Burnett-produced album at three historic locations utilizing a single microphone and a mono tape recorder more than a half-century-old.

Markus was assisted in the project by his son Ian Markus, and both followed Mellencamp to 26 cities in 18 states where they documented Mellencamp’s musical performances and their context in American lives and landscapes.

The film visits the nation’s past through the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, GA where runaway slaves were hidden on their journey to Spanish-controlled Florida. Also, to Sun Studio in Memphis where Mellencamp stood where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Howlin’ Wolf had before him. Finally, a recording session in Room 414 of San Antonio’s Gunter Hotel with Mellencamp in the same corner of the room where blues legend Robert Johnson had recorded “Come On In My Kitchen” and “Cross Road Blues” among others more than 70 years earlier.

It's About You trailer:

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon