Kevin & Chris here. As this crazy year swerves and swishes to a close, we’d like to bring you up to date on what happened with Vinyl Nation in the last twelve months and tell you what’s on press for the next few.
— Film Festivals. Vinyl Nation will be concluding its seemingly endless film festival run by mid-next year. At this point, we have been an official selection of 54 film festivals in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, and our film has won seven Best Documentary trophies (including one shaped like a ship’s wheel and one shaped like the state of Texas). Most importantly, we’ve had the rare opportunity to visit cities and towns brand new to us. In every single one, we have seen incredible films, met amazing filmmakers, and spent time in communities that care about movies, support great record stores and local businesses, and actually give a hang about being good to out-of-towners and each other.
If you ever find yourself saying, “Why would I ever go to Green Bay/Spokane/Anchorage/Beaumont?” we are proud to report that a good answer is usually, “For the local film festival.” You’ll have a great time and meet the best kind of people ever.
Film festivals, however, are local by definition, which means it’s hard to have a movie like ours playing at a film festival when we really want every record lover in the world to see it. Which is why…
— VINYL NATION. EVERYWHERE 2022. By Record Store Day 2022 (i.e. April 23), Vinyl Nation will be available in a format where everyone can see it easily. We can’t say where quite yet but we know that this will happen. And that you’ve been waiting a very long time for this.
We can’t thank you enough for hanging in there with us. As we’ve said far too many times, finishing Vinyl Nation a month before a worldwide pandemic began was not in our plans. But you all have hung around, for every film festival report, for every virtual release, and for every silly vinyl pun and unsolicited opinion on used vs. new records from Kevin.
We feel like we are pulling into the final station of this very long, strange trip pretty soon. And while it’s certainly time, we can already tell how much we will miss being on this long, strange trip with you all, and much more, we hope that it is not goodbye when we have to flip the record over and start again on something new.
Be safe. Listen well. Rock hard. And, every time, look across the racks and tell a stranger, “That’s the record that will change your life.”
See you in January.
Kevin + Chris