"An R&B lyricist, a beats-making electropop mastermind, a honky-tonk singer, an indie darling, an alt-country guitarist, and an experimental multi-instrumentalist take the stage at Jai Thep Festival in Thailand at the dawn of a pandemic. And that’s only a small part of the story."

That's how Project ATX6 ringleader Chris Brecht begins his description of "Lift Me Up," a documentary film that premieres Friday on Austin PBS. Since the mid-2010s, Brecht has annually assembled a team of six local musicians for trips to a handful of international music festivals, and he's documented the journeys on film each year.

The 2019-2020 class included Alesia Lani, Evan Charles (of Altamesa), Jonathan Horstmann, Leslie Sisson ( of Moving Panoramas ), Kathryn Legendre, and Mike St. Clair (of Pocket Sounds). After an initial appearance at a festival in Toronto, the musicians headed to Thailand in early 2020 for the second of what was expected to be three fests during their tenure, with a U.K. event to follow.

The film will show at 8 p.m. Friday on Austin PBS, with an repeat presentation at midnight that night. A final airing will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 27.

Beyond his Project ATX6 activities, Brecht recently opened a new coffee shop, Freewheelin', with Megan LaPrelle, his bandmate in the group Eastern Leaves. It operates out of a trailer on the grounds of Cesar Chavez Street bar Long Play East .