James Murphy to Star in New Feature Film, Premiere Documentary on LCD Soundsystem's Final Show
Published Dec 02, 2011Ever since James Murphy said farewell to LCD Soundsystem, he hasn't exactly been kicking back in a retirement home. Following the news of a potential Reggie Watts collaboration earlier this year, it's now been revealed that Murphy is set to act in a feature film alongside weirdo comedian Tim Heidecker. Plus, the band's final show at New York's Madison Square Garden will be heading to the big screen as well.
The first feature film is called The Comedy and was recently accepted to Sundance. Co-produced by Jagjaguwar, Greyshack Films (Old Joy) and Glass Eye Pix (Wendy and Lucy), this flick is about as indie-friendly as they come. Besides roles from Heidecker and Murphy, the film is set to feature appearances from Eric Wareheim, Gregg Turkington (better known as Neil Hamburger), Richard Swift and Okkervil River's Will Sheff.
Here's the film's synopsis, taken from the Jagjaguwar blog:
Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Heidecker) whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Desensitized and disenchanted, he strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution. A scathing look at the white male on the verge of collapse, Rick Alverson's carefully observed portrait provokes and disorients; a cautionary fable for the autumn of the American Era.
As for the concert documentary, it will be called Shut Up and Play the Hits and will also be screened as Sundance. The documentary was directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, and apparently that title comes from Arcade Fire's Win Butler.
Here's what Sundance has to say about Shut Up and Play the Hits: "A documentary that follows LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy over a crucial 48-hour period, from the day of their final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after, the official end of one of the best live bands in the world."
Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.