Coming to DVD & Video-on-Demand on August 28

DVD Release party live and online on the 25th - click here!

He’s worked with Carole King, Ani DiFranco, and a host of great Texas artists — but can music producer Mark Hallman keep his studio open in the age of streaming?

To pre-order the download, click above. If you'd like the DVD, click "The Shop," above, and order via the online store.


  • Upcoming events

    Friday, August 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    The Shopkeeper DVD Release Party

    Join us for the DVD/Video-on-Demand release party Rain's documentary The ShopkeeperNot a screening, but a concert and celebration, and it's happening live at Kim Maxwell Studio in Ojai, with a party afterwards at Jim and Rob's. And it's happening online too, at the Facebook Page for The Shopkeeper.

    This event is free to the public but we need a headcount, so be sure to RSVP below. Whoo hoo! Here we go!


    Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM · $15.00 USD

    Open Ears House Concert - Rain Perry & Mark Hallman in attendance


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    That's Austin

    I made a little thing! Everyone in The Shopkeeper had something to say about Austin, TX. I put it all together here. Does Austin suck or does it ROCK? You decide.
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    Gag Reel

    Getting ready for the DVD release by assembling the gag reel for The Shopkeeper! It is so much fun to have made a movie full of performers. What a bunch of hams!
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    The Shopkeeper - Twangville review

    Twangville - August 17, 2017 Here at Twangville we spend pretty much all our time listening to and reviewing the latest Americana and roots music.  We spend very little time talking about how it gets created in the first place, and how the music industry makes a living from genres that don’t attract the business machine that feeds, and feeds on, the likes of U2 or Taylor Swift.  As everyone knows, though, the ubiquity of streaming has changed the economics of being a musician and it has the potential to really change what comes out of your earbuds and Bluetooth speakers.  Musician Rain Perry has turned her creative talents to movie making and is releasing a film on August 21st about these changes titled The Shopkeeper. Read the rest here.
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    Rain Perry - The Shopkeeper (Film Review)

    Rich Barnard, Red Guitar Music August 8, 2017 Anyone who’s ever financed the recording of their own album will know that there are certain things that really ought to matter, and The Shopkeeper is a stark reminder of those things.  People matter.  Can you think of an app that can replicate the relationships between songwriter, musician, producer and engineer?  Thought not.  Places matter.  Can you imagine The Beatles without Abbey Road?  Nope, neither can I.  Things matter.  If you’re making an album, why wouldn’t you want to make it into a something you can hold in your hands?  Musicians today find themselves in a world where people, places and things appear to all matter a little less than they once did and The Shopkeeper pushes us, ever so gently, to consider the consequences. Singer songwriter Rain Perry's debut documentary is essentially the biography of veteran musician, engineer and producer Mark Hallman and the history of the Congress House studio, which he runs in Austin, Texas.  Woven through it is the discussion at the film's core: how can independent musicians continue to make a living in a world where music has become something consumers no longer pay for? Read the rest here.
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The Shopkeeper

Everybody can make a record.
Nobody can make a living.
Now what?
A film by Rain Perry
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