Paste Rock 'N' Reel Festival a sampling of movies, music

In every issue, Paste magazine delivers a CD sampler of new music and a DVD of film shorts to its subscribers. On Saturday and Sunday, the pages of the magazine will come to life at the Paste Rock 'N' Reel Festival in Decatur.

At the festival, 32 bands will perform and 20 hours of short films will be shown.

"It's going to be a great two days," said Tim Porter of Paste.

The independently published magazine, which is based in Decatur, focuses on music, but also includes film and books. Each issue's CD sampler features a variety of bands from the pages of the magazine.

Last December, Paste added a DVD sampler to its offerings. Initially, the staff decided to organize a festival to increase film submissions for the DVDs, Porter said.

Film submissions for the festival came from around the United States and from countries like Spain and Germany. The films come from all genres and include a variety of themes.

"We just looked for ones we liked," Porter said.

Festival screenings will include "Homestar Runner," music videos and short films that have been nominated for Academy Awards.

When scheduling the bands, the festival organizers looked for a mix of local and national bands with varying sounds.

"We wanted a good variety of bands that were mellower and bands that really rock," Porter said.

Many of the bands playing at the Paste festival aren't often heard on mainstream radio. Still, organizers hope that people will come to hear something new.

"When they get a chance to hear these bands, they're going to fall in love," Porter said.

Ohio band Over the Rhine will play at the festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The band draws inspiration from rock, country, gospel and blues.

"All that stuff is kind of gloriously tangled up in our lives and memories and comes out through the music," said Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine.

The band, which has recorded 12 albums over the past decade, has been featured on the pages of Paste. "We're big, big fans of Paste magazine," Detweiler said. "It's a breath of fresh air."

n What: Paste Rock 'N' Reel Festival

•When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

•Where: East Decatur Station, 619 East College Ave. in Decatur

•Cost: Single-day tickets are $15. Two-day passes are $25. Children 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

•Info: Call 404-378-8677 or visit www.pasterocknreel.com.

Band Schedule


Side stage

•12:30 p.m. Blake Guthrie

•1:30 p.m. Tyler James

•2:30 p.m. Hope for Agoldensummer

•3:30 p.m. Anthony David

•4:30 p.m. Taylor Hollingsworth

•5:30 p.m. Trent Dabbs

•7 p.m. Color Revolt

•8 p.m. Anathallo

Main stage

•1 p.m. Red Letter Agent

•2 p.m. Phosphorescent

•3 p.m. Manchester Orchestra

•4 p.m. Elf Power

•5 p.m. Brandi Carlile

•6 p.m. Erin McKeown

•7:30 p.m. Over the Rhine

•9 p.m. Low


Side stage

•12:30 p.m. Andrew Nelson

•1:30 p.m. Charlie Mars

•2:30 p.m. Cadillac Jones

•3:30 p.m. The Whigs

•4:30 p.m. AFAR

•5:30 p.m. Modern Skirts

•7 p.m. The Selmanaires

•8 p.m. A Fir-Ju Well

Main stage

•1 p.m. Matthew Ryan

•2 p.m. Denison Witmer

•3 p.m. Kate York

•4 p.m. Cary Brothers

•5 p.m. Howe Gelb

•6 p.m. Buddy Miller

•7:30 p.m. Mindy Smith

•9 p.m. Mark Olson, Victoria Williams