The fast-action fury of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. A geriatric rock chorale. Whirlwind Wall Street romances. The “Bohemian Geek Soul” music of independent musician Jody Gnant.
Some things just go exceptionally well together – like movies and music. That’s one reason Phoenix singer-songwriter Jody Gnant has been asked to perform at the 2008 Phoenix Film Festival. The innovative artist is one of eight Valley music acts – including the Instant Classics, What Laura Says Thinks and Feels, and Black Carl -- who’ll perform inside a 10,000 square-foot party tent over the first three nights of the festival. The highlighted films at this year’s Phoenix Film festival include The Forbidden Kingdom (starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li), Young at Heart (the Sundance sensation about a fictional senior citizens chorus group), and the Wall Street romance Falling for Grace. And for Phoenix Film Festival President and Co-founder Chris Lamont, Gnant’s performance is among the musical highlights.
“Music is a huge part of making film work as an art form, and we want to use the festival opportunity to bring the biggest and brightest local music acts to the biggest and brightest independent filmmakers in the country,” Lamont says. “Jody Gnant is one of the bright stars in the Arizona music sky. We’re really excited to have her here.”
Gnant’s performance at the Phoenix Film Festival comes on the heels of a six-month buzz blitz following the release of her second record, Pivot, an album Village Voice Media praised for its “bluesy, funk-inflected material.” Gnant’s decision to open her life up to cyberspace via her 24/7 lifecast at www.jodygnant.tv has also landed her on the front page of news.com and The L.A. Times, along with national stories in The London Times, NPR, and a slew of other media outlets. Most recently, Gnant appeared on an episode of MTV’s Made as a performance coach for a self-conscious tomboy who wanted to sing onstage, and hit the streets of Austin for the South-By-Southwest music festival as a correspondent for Web site moguling.com. On March 30, the week of her performance at Phoenix Film Festival, Gnant will appear on ABC-15 News in Phoenix. Check www.abc15.com for information.
Jody Gnant performs live at the Phoenix Film Festival from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, followed by The Instant Classics from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free. Visit www.phxfilm.com or www.jodygnant.com for more information.