An underground push for ‘Depression Era’

Posted by · 12:45 pm · January 11th, 2010

Patterson HoodMaybe three months back we told you about Patterson Hood’s “Depression Era” from Scott Teems’s “That Evening Sun,” a soulful, gritty southern ditty that, for my money, is one of the best original songs in a movie this year.  We featured the track in our “listen to” series back in November.

Thankfully the song made the cut for original song contenders last month, joining 62 other tracks.  But as I’ve been saying since I first saw the film, it’ll be a bit of an uphill battle considering the song plays over the film’s closing credits and not in the narrative of the film.  Voters screen clips of eligible contenders’ usage in the context of a film, so something like, say, “Cinema Italiano,” however awful, has a leg up over something like “Depression Era,” however brilliant.

That’s not stopping an underground, no-budget Oscar campaign on behalf of the song by Freestyle Releasing.  The distributor has enlisted the help of Paste Magazine, which is exclusively hosting a video of Hood discussing the song and performing it from his Athens, Georgia home.  It’s a great little clip and well worth the effort for this underdog contender.

One can only hope.  Check out the video after the jump.

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  • 1 1-11-2010 at 1:16 pm

    david said...

    The song is alright…but most likely won’t get a nomination. It’s probably going to play better, and mean more, for people who have actually seen the film.

    I feel like a song should be used within a film to receive serious attention. Just playing it over the credits, no matter how wonderful it might be, doesn’t leave much of a lasting impact. I love how Once incorporated the songs into the framework of the film it’s self. The same with the Aimee Mann tracks in Magnolia.

  • 2 1-11-2010 at 1:22 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Sometimes the best place for a song is over the credits, when you’re considering what you’ve just seen. The residue of that married with the music, like Springsteen’s “The Wrestler.”

  • 3 1-11-2010 at 1:46 pm

    Conor said...

    @ Kris

    Agreed. Easily the biggest snub of last year.