'Big Easy Express' and 'Under African Skies' to open and close XPN Music Film Festival


The opening and closing night movies have been announced for the first XPN Music Film Festival which is taking place mainly at the Annenberg Center in West Philadelphia this month.

On April 26, it's Big Easy Express, which follows Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons on a traveling hootnenanny as their 2011 tour makes its way to New Orleans. On Sunday night April 29, the festival closes out with Under African Skies, a documentary that follows Paul Simon as he goes back to South Africa on the 25th anniversary of his 1986 township jive singer-songwriter album Graceland.

Other music flicks in the film fest include Swedish music-comedy-crime film The Sound Of Noise, California Solo, the story of a burnt-out Brit-pop rocker in L.A. played by Transpotting's Robert Carlyle; Charles Bradley: Soul Of America, about the Daptone soul and funk bandleader, and The Wrecking Crew, a documentary on the 1960s Los Angeles team of ace studio musicians whose members included Glen Campbell and Leon Russell.

More info about the festival here. To the left, Mumford & Sons play at a Big Easy event at this year's SXSW in Austin, Texas with the Austin High Marching Band. Below, the Under African Skies trailer.

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