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26 Feb 2016

Documenting Desert Rock: A Film About the Valley's Underground Music Scene to Premiere at the American Documentary Film Festival

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Mario Lalli and Fatso Jetson at Stoned From the Underground 2011. Mario Lalli and Fatso Jetson at Stoned From the Underground 2011.

The American Documentary Film Festival will be taking place Wednesday, March 30, through Monday, April 4—and a rock documentary about the Coachella Valley’s underground music scene will be one of this year’s premieres.

The festival was the brainchild of Teddy Grouya and was first held in April 2012, with Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone being the opening-night honoree. This year, the event will include more than 160 films at six theaters across the valley—and one of those films is the rock doc by German filmmaker Joerg Steineck, Lo Sound Desert.

Steineck set out to tell the story of the origins of the now-international desert-rock scene. He takes viewers to the sun-baked streets and mesas of the Coachella Valley, where desert rock took root, and offers a look into the core of a movement that has continues to gain momentum, both here and abroad.

The film is narrated by some of the main protagonists including Josh Homme, Brant Bjork, Sean Wheeler and Mario Lalli, from the bands Queens of the Stone Age, Low Desert Punk, Throw Rag and Fatso Jetson.

The American Documentary Film Festival begins with a red-carpet event, and opening-night tickets are now on sale for Joe Berlinger's film Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. Both Berlinger and Robbins will be in attendance; tickets are $50.

Flex-express film passes are $199 ($149 before March 1), while individual ticket prices will be just $11 per film and include post-screening Q&As and special live performances.

Tickets can be purchased at or in person at the Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs.

Visit the American Documentary Film Festival website to learn more about this year’s event. Visit for more information on Lo Sound Desert.

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