IndieCon 2011, FREE & ALL AGES: My Revenge!, Lawrence Welks & Our Bear to Cross, 'OUTSIDE INDUSTRY' SXSW Documentary, MORE!


Big Heavy World presents its grassroots music festival IndieCon on November 11 & 12, 2011 in Burlington, VT. The volunteer-run organization represents the do-it-yourself ethic as IndieCon presents panels, documentary film, and live music showcases emanating from the independent-minded corners of the music industry.

IndieCon Schedule FRIDAY, November 11, 6:30pm-10:30pm BCA Center Free, All-Ages Facebook event page:

Screening of 'Outside Industry' (82 Mins) followed by Q&A with Austin filmmaker Alan Berg -

'Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW' chronicles the origins and early evolution of the SXSW Music Festival, from breakthrough performances to fights over how to handle growth. It follows the four founders as they navigate through the successes, backlash, criticism and even arson to become the biggest music industry event in the world. 'Outside Industry' premiered at SXSW this year; join us for this very special exclusive showing of the film in Burlington.

Filmmaker Alan Berg joins the audience to answers questions following the screening.

See the trailer at

The 'Outside Industry' production crew.

About Director Alan Berg:

From the newsroom to the red carpet, Alan Berg has brought rich storytelling to the screen for more than two decades. During his 15-year career as a television news reporter, Alan Berg won more than 20 awards. The Associated Press twice named Berg as the best television reporter in Texas, and he’s won two regional Emmy awards as well as a regional Edward R. Murrow award. His work earned national recognition within the profession—he was an invited panelist on political coverage at the RTNDA national conference, and he participated as a think tank member and panelist in the PBS Democracy Project’s Best Practices 2000. His work is noted in the journalism textbook News in a New Century [Lanson/Fought, Pine Forge Press, 1999].

In December 2000, Berg left television news to concentrate on documentary filmmaking. His first hour-long documentary, on heroin addiction, premiered in November 2001 at the Deep Ellum Film Festival in Dallas where it won “Best Documentary.” It also won the special jury award at the Houston International Film Festival and was a finalist in the USA Film Festival’s Short Film and Video Competition. It was fed nationally to all PBS affiliates in August 2002. Berg’s most recent documentary A Place to Dance won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival in October 2004, was one of just 11 documentaries selected from more than 3,500 submissions to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2006, and was acquired by PBS and distributed nationally in April 2007.

Alan also directed two half-hour weather science documentaries for The Weather Channel, including the network’s Earth Day Special Report on Global Warming. This won the prestigious 2008 New York Festivals Award for Cable Programming. Alan is on the faculty at the University of Texas School of Journalism.

Alan is the Co-Founder and President of Arts+Labor, a highly successful film, video, animation and documentary company based in Austin, TX.

This event is made possible by The Willard Street Inn, Lyndon State College, Best Western Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, BCA Center, and the farmers of the Cabot family dairy cooperative.

Live music from:


Lawrence Welks and Our Bear to Cross -

“A filthy version of late ’80s/early ’90s glamorous pop music mixed with an adult contemporary vibe played through garbage instruments.” -NNA Tapes Lawrence Welks & Our Bear to Cross is Jonny Geetar and Andre Welks, Burlington's premier Christian pop duo. Enduring the shadier venues, inebriated basements, and Liberal strongholds, LW&OB2X sings Psalms to the masses.


Caring Babies -,

Caring Babies teams up Matt and Redgi to sing karaoke and keyboard songs about best friends, adventure, and love. Their songs will break your heart with their genuine honesty and piece it back together with tender humanity. Plus, they put on a stage show that is second to none.


Shawn Grady -


SATURDAY, November 12, Noon - 5pm BCA Center Free, All-Ages

Champlain College presents two panels:

Panel: Building a Global Music Community

Eric Sample hosts a panel discussion exploring globalization, technology, and the future of music. As technology radically reshapes the way music is made and distributed, how can we in Vermont use technology to build global music connections? Topics such as Clouds, live Internet sessions, making and maintaining global connections will be discussed.

Panelists include Jacob Edgar, Host of Music Traveler; Jordon Mensha, Drummer from Ghana; Dev Jana, Musician and Champlain Professor; Eric Sample, Champlain Professor, Sonic Arts Director

Eric Sample is an Associate Professor at Champlain College he teaches in the Digital Filmmaking Program and is the coordinator of Sonic Arts specialty. After studying at the Jamaica School of Music, he was drawn to New York City, where he studied digital design at the School of Visual Arts. He then worked as a freelance designer in New York for a number of companies including Clairol, Colgate, DBD Needham, Lowe-McAdams and Pittard-Sullivan. He completed his Masters Degree at Union University-Vermont College in Jamaican Music and Technology; his thesis entitled "Ancient Rhythms Modern Pulse." His interests include animation, modern design, African drumming, Caribbean folk music, funk, electronic music, analog synthesis, and the furniture of Jean Prouve.

Workshop: Music for Independent Games

Dev Jana takes you into the workings of the Indie Game world and how to do music for games and find an audience.

Dev Jana is Assistant Professor at Champlain College in the E Games Department. He is a  Multi-instrumentalist who has played over 1000 live shows and released over 15 CDs. He has taught guitar and bass in classrooms, clinics and private lessons. His  audio and music for games in multiple platforms includes the early iPhone hit Sea Snake (ranked #70 on the Arcade Game charts in April 09) and Stargate: Resistance He is  currently working on Roy G Beats - an innovative music-based action Tower Defense game to be released on web, iOS and Android devices this Fall/Winter and playing drums for Phil Yates and The Affiliates. He is the  Former host of "Musically Minded" on The Radiator 105.9.


SATURDAY, November 12, 7PM-11PM Maglianero, 47 Maple Street (around back), Free, All-Ages


Reception for Maglianero opening of Big Heavy World's SOUND PROOF exhibit of photographs by Matthew Thorsen, presented by Seven Days:

Matthew Thorsen was the go-to photographer for bands in the Burlington area during the 1990s - he took hundreds of portrait, newspaper and magazine photos chronicling music of the era. Big Heavy World has been collecting Thorsen’s images since it was founded in 1996. Matt’s work is integral to the historic record of Vermont’s musical heritage. The photographs in this exhibit were taken in the mid- to late-1990’s at a time when Matt worked with film. He has since moved to the digital format and these chemical prints have become a priceless — and artful – reminder of a receding era.

The core exhibit is comprised of 115 black and white photographs with corresponding descriptive audio. The interpretive audio features Thorsen describing the subject and context of images, in most cases followed with a song by the band or musician of the photo. Audio is accessed via cell phone, fee-free, provided by Guide By Cell and supported in part by a 2010 Champlain Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership with support also from the Vermont Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. Access the audio by dialing (802) 881-0980 and enter the code found on each photo label. For the introduction audio, use code 29.

The JDK skate ramp will be open for skateboarding. Skaters under age 18 need to bring the release form signed by your parents to skate.


My Revenge! - Get A Grip, Hardcore from Rutland, VT - No Submission - New VT Hardcore, members of Crucial Times -


Ground Zero -


IndieCon is sponsored in part by The Willard Street Inn; Champlain College; Best Western Windjammer Inn & Conference Center and the farmers of the Cabot family dairy cooperative with support from The Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and media support from 105.9FM The Radiator. The SOUND PROOF photography exhibit is presented by Seven Days with support from Creative Habitat; the Vermont Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts, Guide by Cell, and a 2010 Champlain Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.