Local Film The Big Something Features Public Domain Soundtrack
That's the tagline for The Big Something, the first feature for Phoenix-based Running Wild Films. The film is a whodunit revolving around the murder of a record store owner, and was shot on location at Phoenix's Tracks in Wax record store.
Director Travis Mills selected a soundtrack of entirely public domain songs for the film, minus two songs from local noise-band Melted Cassettes.
"[Those songs] play in a scene with these freegan kids. They eat trash and ride fixed gear bikes," Mill says.
Mills acknowledges the influence of Woody Allen in selecting a soundtrack of early jazz and blues.
"The movie is about a character becoming a detective, so I wanted to feature jazz before it became 'complicated.' It just made sense to me," Mills says.
"It's kind a happy noir," he says. "At one point the character even says, 'I hate jazz.'"
Check out the tracklist below and teaser trailer below. The film does not have an official release date, but should premiere sometime in late October.
"Abdullah" by Fats Waller & His Rhythm
"Original Rags" by Jelly Roll Morton
"Worried Life Blues" by Big Maceo
"When the Sun Sets Down South" by Sidney Bechet & Noble Sissle
"Good Morning Blues" by Leadbelly
"By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon" by Fats Waller & His Rhythm
"Swanee River Boogie" by Albert Ammons Rhythm Kings
"Long Tall Mama" by Big Bill Broonzy
"You Gonna Need my Help Some Day" by Black Ace
"Dirty Mistreater, Don't You Know" by Sonny Terry
"Shout for Joy" by Albert Ammons
"Riff and Harmonica Jump" by Sonny Terry
"Some of These Days" by Sidney Bechet
"Blues in Berlin" by Josh White
"Maple Leaf Rag" by the New Orleans Feetwarmers
"Ride On" by Skeets Tolbert Gentlemen Swing
"Defense Factory Blues" by Josh White
"Saxa Woogie" by Louis Jordan & His Tympani 5
Two selections from Melted Cassettes