Jack Johnson "En Concert" Premieres this Weekend at Santa Barbara's New Noise Festival
Today we'd like to give a little love to 1% For the Planet's 50th and arguably most influential member, Jack Johnson. The world premiere screening of Jack's new film En Concert is happening this weekend right up the road from Patagonia HQ in Santa Barbara, California.
[Video: Jack Johnson - "En Concert" Trailer by brushfirerecords]
The movie is being shown in conjunction with the New Noise Santa Barbara music conference and festival. "New Noise Santa Barbara is a three-day music and digital media conference that will showcase emerging and established bands, host educational panels on the music industry’s hottest topics, present esteemed experts from all walks of the business, and serve as a place for players big and small to connect and plot the future of sound."
The conference will host panels like The Green Concert: Promoting and Producing More Sustainable Events and Take the Power Back: Alternative Revenues & Marketing For Independent Artists. Live performances will include musicians such as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Zach Gill of ALO and Kyle Hollingsworth from the String Cheese Incident. Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora internet radio, will give the keynote address.
If you can't make it to Santa Barbara, Jack Johnson En Concert will be available October 27 on CD and DVD. 100% of the profits will be donated to the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation to support environmental, art and music education around the world.
Jack Johnson continues to be a shining example for musicians everywhere. Instead of hoarding his earnings he donates a significant portion to charity. Instead of hogging the spotlight he uses it to shed light on issues that are larger than himself. Emmett Malloy, the film's director, sums Jack up well in this note about making En Concert.
In the summer of 2008 Jack Johnson took a trip through Europe playing everywhere from historical venues to classic outdoor stages making it the biggest tour of his career. The ﬁlm is a collection of live performances with Jack’s quartet along with special appearances by G. Love, Ben Harper, Mason Jennings, Neil Halstead and Matt Costa.
I began making films over 10 years ago with Jack. We became good friends right away, and seemed to be into the same sort of films, but both of us did not know a whole lot about the process. So we started with what we knew best...making surf films. We made a couple of films together, and it wasn’t long before Jack figured out making music was his real calling. So I lost my favorite cinematographer in Jack, but gained a new favorite musician.
Now several years later, I have been lucky enough to be able to document the last decade of Jack’s music career. This past summer, a couple of friends and I went to Europe with Jack and his band for a tour supporting his last record, Sleep Through the Static. We brought a couple of cameras and microphones because it seemed like a great tour to capture. Jack Johnson::En Concert was the result of that decision.
There was a point in the middle of the European tour where I was on stage behind Jack as he sang one of his most intimate love songs, "Better Together". Looking through my lens I focused in on Jack standing alone in front of 20,000 fans. Lighters and cell phones lit up the crowd, illuminating most all of the audience that was singing along. It was the biggest backup vocal section I had ever witnessed, and it looked and sounded beautiful. As I focused my camera on the crowd, I began to see all the details of the fans. What went through my head was that we were in Paris, France, and suddenly the language barrier had no restrictions. Everyone knew the translation for Jack’s simple message, that "it’s so much better when we’re together."
This connection with the fans continued to happen in every country we traveled to around the world. These simple messages and testaments of love and family are what make Jack’s music so popular around the globe. As the filmmaker I really enjoyed being able to document the honest relationship between an artist and his fans. No matter where we were in the world that year, it was clear that everyone understood and believed in what Jack was singing about.
Jack Johnson:: En Concert is a documentation of Jack and his band playing some of the most historic venues throughout Europe, and everything interesting they did in between shows.
Jack really does not like to be on the other side of the lens. Getting a shot of him is kind of similar to getting a shot of the Loch Ness Monster; it’s a rare occurrence. Surprisingly, he let our cameras join him on this tour. I just knew that I better keep a guitar or surfboard in his hands, because with either of those weapons he seemed to never know we were there.
Enjoy the film.