Dirty Projectors Premiere ‘Hi Custodian’ Short Film Sept 6 in NYC and Sept 7
'Hi Custodian,' a Dirty Projectors short film featuring music from the band's critically acclaimed new album Swing Lo Magellan, will premiere at New York City's prestigious Landmark Sunshine Cinema on September 6th, 2012.
The film was produced in collaboration with Pitchfork.tv and stars band members David Longstreth, Amber Coffman, Haley Dekle, Nat Baldwin, and Mike Johnson. The premiere will consist of two free screenings at 8 & 10PM both followed by Q&A sessions with writer/director David Longstreth, director of photography Bobby Bukowski and members of the band.
To gain admittance RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the screening time you'd like to attend and await confirmation, space will be limited. The film will premiere online the following day, September 7th, exclusively through Pitchfork.TV x YouTube.
Songwriter-director Longstreth has described the film as "made out of a dream," adding, "it was so fun getting into these alternate personas, inhabiting them, and I think we came up with some amazing images." He also said of making the film that, "it's that thing of when you think you're going to vomit a little rainbow, but then you cough and spit up a whole living breathing newborn child instead."
'Hi Custodian' was filmed over the course of five days in late April in several locations in Southern California. Inspired by music films like Kanye West's Runaway and Prince's Purple Rain, it follows band members as they inhabit a variety of characters in a surreal narrative about spiritual death and rebirth.
Amber plays a lost and lonely searcher. David plays a yōkai, a shapeshifting undead spirit from Japanese folklore. Nat plays a truck driver as well as a newborn child. Amber and Haley also feature as girls from the British Midlands, as well as sister Fates in an unindividuated dyad.
The film features several recordings and alternate versions of songs from Swing Lo Magellan including Offspring Are Blank, About to Die, Gun Has No Trigger, See What She's Seeing, The Socialites, and Just From Chevron, in addition to other new and unreleased music from the album sessions.
Dirty Projectors are also finishing up a six week N.A. tour in support of Swing Lo Magellan with sold out shows in DC and Boston. Friday's show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC will be live videocast on NPR Music.
On tour the band performed a number of radio sessions including KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCMP, and WFPK. Listen back to archives of these sessions on the band's extensive new website here.
08-17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &
08-18 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &
08-19 Boston, MA - Paradise ^
09-01 Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival
09-25 Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
09-27 Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09-28 Champaign-Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09-29 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
09-30 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
^ w/ Callers
& w/ Wye Oak
# w/ POP ETC.
Watch the 'Hi Custodian' Trailer