Animal Collective Unveil Trailer for New Film, Announce Screenings

Animal Collective Unveil Trailer for New Film, Announce Screenings
Today has been an exciting day for Animal Collective fans. The reissue of their 2003 freaky folk-out Campfire Songs appeared in stores this morning, meaning that new members of the band's ever-expanding fanbase can finally own a physical copy of the album. Now, the band have released the first trailer for their musical film ODDSAC, as well as announced the initial batch of screenings..

As previously reported, the project has been dubbed a "visual album," and its mix of original music and psychedelic imagery means that it's similar in nature to a long-form music video. It's fitting, therefore, that the band hired frequent AC music video director Danny Perez to help out with the project.

The trailer, which you can watch below, is a disorienting 30-second clip, featuring chaotic electronic sounds and disturbing visuals. Most of the images move too fast to see, but you can catch glimpses of fireflies, warped faces and a dude running around the forest with his head on fire.

AC's Dave Portner (aka Avey Tare) discussed the project with Exclaim! last year, explaining, "There are more song-y moments and more ambient-textures moments, but all kind of tied together."

He went on to describe it as a "a weirder, sort of psychedelic film." Judging by this trailer, it looks like his description was right on the mark.

The film premiers this evening at the Prospector Square Theatre in Park City, UT as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Following that, a few more U.S. screenings will take place in March, with more expected to be announced shortly.

ODDSAC screenings:

1/26 Park City, UT - Prospector Square Theatre

1/28 Park City, UT - Holiday Village Cinema I

1/29 Park City, UT - Holiday Village Cinema II

1/30 Salt Lake City, UT - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI

3/2 New York, NY - Visual Arts Theatre

3/17 Chicago, IL - Music Box Theatre