When Oscar Isaac crooned the songs of Inside Llewyn Davis in the 2013 Coen Brothers film, audiences gained a new awareness of the American folk scene of the 1960s.
One of the people captivated by the music of that film was Quinell Oucharek, a Pasco, WA-based indie folk singer/songwriter (who goes by the mononym Quinell in his work).
“As soon as I heard ‘Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” in the opening scene, I knew that I wanted to do something with this particular soundtrack,” Quinell told HitFix via email.
He captured his love for the film and its songs with a 14-minute music documentary filmed at a cabin and outdoors at Idaho”s Priest Lake. Quinell made the project with his friend, videographer Justin Frick, who had introduced him to Inside Llewyn Davis. The film, inspired by the life of Greenwich Village folk-blues-jazz musician Dave Van Ronk, received several accolades for Joel and Ethan Coen in 2013, including the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prix.
In the mini-doc, Quinell sings three songs from the film – “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me,” “Five Hundred Miles,” and “Fare Thee Well” – at three different picturesque, snow-covered locations around the lake.
“In an era of hyper-produced music and a lot of noise, we set out to bring some stripped back folk songs and remind people that it”s alright to slow down for a while,” Quinell said.
HitFix has the exclusive debut of the mini-documentary, From The Woods: Inside Llewyn Davis. Watch it below: