Friday, April 28

Special Events ArchiveIndependent Film Festival Boston 2017

Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape

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New England Premiere

Expected to be in attendance: Director Zack Taylor

Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 93
Director: Zack Taylor
Twitter: @cassettefilm
Facebook: cassettefilm

Where would musicians and music lovers be without the cassette? This feature-length DIY doc tells the story of a once-ubiquitous format through one-on-one interviews with the inventor of the cassette, Lou Ottens. 90 years old and still a stubborn progressive, Ottens views the cassette as a perfect example of obsolescence and feels the same about himself as he lives out a secluded retirement in his native Holland. Musicians and authors like Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Rob Sheffield, and many others oppose Ottens by making an emotional case for music’s worst format. These colorful vignettes play out like a mixtape, made to remind Ottens that the DIY ethos will never be obsolete.