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A screening of short films by Bill Morrison and Elise Tyler followed by a Q&A with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and the filmmakers moderated by Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo.
6pm Start. All Ages. FREE.
The Films of Flotus
On November 13, Kurt Wagner will be joined by filmmakers Bill Morrison and Elise Tyler at Rough Trade NYC to show two short films inspired by songs from Lambchop’s new album FLOTUS. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the artists. This event is free and open to the public.
The Dockworker’s Dream, a visual collaboration with New York-based filmmaker and artist Bill Morrison, is soundtracked by “The Hustle.” Like much of Morrison’s work, The Dockworker’s Dream is constructed entirely from archival footage—specifically, material collected at Cinemateca Portuguesa, with music co-written by Wagner and Ryan Norris. The film premiered online at NPR Music who wrote, “Find eighteen minutes out of your day and take this journey. The faces, the landscape and even the hunt, from that not-too-distant past, offer perspective on who we are and how we’ve changed.”
Nashville filmmaker Elise Tyler and Wagner came together to highlight the complexities of a rapidly growing city and the dehumanization so often faced by impoverished people. The upbeat track “NIV” helps to contrast the dilemma and pose an uplifting tone for this film about a young homeless couple. “There are very few affordable housing options in Nashville, and many are on waiting lists for months before being approved,” Tyler writes. “Kurt and I agreed—these were stories rarely heard in Nashville, but so deserving of an audience. All we can do as artists and communicators is to pass the microphone and allow someone else to tell their story.”
FLOTUS will be available in stores on November 4 on CD, double-LP, and digital. Wagner and bandmates Tony Crow and Matt Swanson will be joined by Wye Oak drummer/keyboardist/general multi-tasker Andy Stack on Lambchop’s soon-to-be-announced 2017 shows.