MVD Entertainment Group will be releasing a remastered DVD edition of director Steve Hanft’s Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician, his surreal journey through the music underbelly of Los Angeles, on June 14.
Back in 2001 filmmaker Steve Hanft delivered one of those future “cult” indies that has plenty of rough, rough edges, but is so spot-on in its delivery that the blemishes are easily overlooked (they are even endearments).
He went out and recruited Slater (Rory Cochrane) from Daze and Confused and cast him as a down on his luck musician who catches a break at last when he lands a gig with punk rockers, Future Pigeon.
But as luck would have it, his ultra-rare “Molotron” keyboard is stolen from his car … and that sets in motion an “underbelly” search of the Los Angeles music scene through ads and personals in the underground publication “The Southlander.”
If you’ve seen Martin Scorsese’s 1985 film, After Hours, then you have a pretty good feel for what Cochrane’s character, Chance is faced with. It’s all so totally random … but the music is like a magic carpet through this LA LA Wonderland.
You may dial in for the story, for the “cultness” of Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician, but it is the soundtrack (and performances) that will bring you back again and again … this is a keeper!