IT CAME FROM AQUARIUS RECORDS is a documentary about the SF-based independent record store, Aquarius Records. This small apartment-sized record store just closed its doors after 47 years of championing underground, independent, and challenging music to the masses - especially with their infamous bi-weekly new-release lists.
The doc has interviews with all of the aQ owners, other record store owners from around the world, musicians, label heads, music journalists, and INTENSE music collectors. Other interviewees include Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Bruce Ackley, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Ty Segall, and Liz Harris (Grouper).
This film is about a store that’s influenced countless peoples’ musical tastes with its curated selections - but it’s also about the realities of an indie record store trying to survive in an increasingly difficult market of brick-and-mortar music shops, especially in the ever-changing Mission District of SF. Four years in the making, the film has a very personal angle, with lots of behind-the-scenes footage (and drama) that shows both the joy and excruciating stress that comes with running a store like this.
Currently in Post-Production.
Projected finish date: October 2019.