Published Oct 01, 2009Since very few of us actually get to attend, the yearly All Tomorrow's Parties festivals are such a tease to Canadian music geeks. Thankfully, UK production company Warp Films has put in the hours to bring a concert film about the festival to life.
As previously reported, the film is simply called All Tomorrow's Parties and uses Super 8, camcorder and cellphone footage from hundreds of attendees to give a multi-faceted look at the expansive festival. The direction and additional cinematography for the film were handled by Tarnation director Jonathan Caouette and Take Away Shows extraordinaire Vincent Moon.
As the press release explains, the result is "a kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of the cult music festival of the same name." And just to refresh your memory, the film includes performances from Battles, Sonic Youth, Belle and Sebastian, Patti Smith, Animal Collective, Grinderman, Iggy and the Stooges, Portishead, Mogwai, Slint, Grizzly Bear, the Gossip, Daniel Johnston, Boredoms and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (that's Karen O in the photo above).
Okay, now for the really good news: All Tomorrow's Parties has been slated for two Canadian screenings. First, it will show at the Calgary International Film Festival on October 2. Then it will make an appearance at the Pop Montreal-affiliated Festival Nouveau Cinema on October 13.
Better still, if you can't make those screenings, Warp Films will be teaming with Sonic Unyon in Canada for a DVD release in November.