Arcade Fire making a science fiction "B movie" with Spike Jonze

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Arcade Fire's new album's generating tons of excitement, but we're more stoked about their collaborations with genre film's leading lights. Spike Jonze is directing their science fiction short film, and Terry Gilliam's directing the webcast of their August 5 concert.

Arcade Fire's Win Butler describes the Spike Jonze project in an interview with Pitchfork:

It's not a video. It's a short film; we're still working on it. It's like a science-fiction B-movie companion piece for the record.

Basically, we played Spike some music from the album and the first images that came to his mind had the same feeling as this idea for a science fiction film I had when I was younger. My brother and I and Spike wrote it together, which was really fun— it was like total amateur hour.

We shot it in Austin and a lot of kids are in the film, and it was great just hanging out with these 15-year-olds for a week and writing down all the funny things they said. It was cool to revert to being a 15-year-old for a little while.


So... kids and aliens and the music of Arcade Fire Presents The Suburbs? Sounds like fun.

As for the Terry Gilliam thing, he's directing the live webcast of their August 5 show at Madison Square Garden, which will be streamed on Youtube starting at 10 PM EST. [Pitchfork]

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Been listening to the album today— there are lots of SFnal touches, like references to an economic/ecological collapse and "The Sprawl".