Flagpole Premieres: Athens Rising, Excerpt Four: Taylor Chicoine

The first full-length documentary in a planned series “that aims to celebrate the creative class in the Classic City,” Athens Rising: The Sicyon Project chronicles Athens’ multifaceted arts and music scenes, with an additional focus on dance, food, comedy, theater, festival culture and more. 

The doc, which screened during this year’s AthFest Music and Arts Festival, is the brainchild of filmmaker James Preston, who is planning a series of late-summer and fall showings, with one tonight at The Foundry and the next Aug. 28 at The World Famous. (Tickets are available at To coincide with the screenings, we’re premiering a few segments from the film.

Today’s clip focuses on Pity Party Social Club founder Taylor Chicoine, who also runs Perfect Attendance Records.

“Taylor and I go back several years to when we worked together on a project filming bands across the country,” says Preston. “I saw him build The Pity Party from nothing into an event that has touched many in the music scene. He’s such a fantastic example of an Athenian who started something because he wanted to see it in his community. And he’s an even better example of the self-made spirit of our creative class, using his work on The Pity Party to develop his skills and jumpstart his career.”

Check it out below: