Album Trailer For Neko Case

Neko Case & Xan Aranda by Benjamin Kasulke

Neko Case & Xan Aranda in Vermont, April 2013 (Image: Benjamin Kasulke)

Here I am tucking one of my favorite humans in to bed. It was a good day.

A few months previous, Neko sent me a link to rough tracks from her new album – her first in over four years. She asked me to pick out a track to use for a trailer she’d use as enticement for her long-awaited new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. To have that freedom and responsibility was such a treat.

This shot of Neko emerging from deep sleep is one of my favorites in the trailer. She’d been so busy in months leading up to the shoot that it was nice to see her drift off in her own bed while I reset her limbs and locks for each take.

The trailer was released online June 7, 2013 and viewed over 50,000 times during the first 24 hours, and aggregated by Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, CMJ, and numerous others, including Tiny Mix Tapes, which hails the piece as “the most beautiful work of cinematography known to man… has heart and soul.”

We’re now at over 129,000 views. This sends our little team over the moon. Pretty great after pulling 20-hour days in Vermont, buying two-for-one fireworks on sale, hoping for good weather, flying crew and gear in from New York City, and knocking this piece out in between shoots for my new documentary during a month I was only home nine days. Happy times -

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Final (?) Interview, First (!) Interview

Discussing Andrew Bird: Fever Year on "Good Morning Jacksonville", November 2012

Discussing Andrew Bird: Fever Year on “Good Morning Jacksonville”, November 2012

Am actively working on the new documentary,  as my previous picture continues to steadily ricochet around the world during 2013. Andrew Bird: Fever Year screened with 72 festivals worldwide in just 14 months, from its sold-out world premiere with New York Film Festival to late-2012 events in Taipei, Dubai, and beyond.

I flew 48 times during 2012, happily. Here I am discussing Fever Year on “Good Morning Jacksonville,” the day before taking two final flights of the year – my first vacation since early 2010.

Click here to listen to the first-ever radio interview about Mormon Movie, recorded during October. So it begins…

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Guest on WBEZ’s Morning Shift

Been talking about my first film so much for the past year since its world premiere, that I can do a Q&A or press interview in my sleep AND add fresh info. This morning was the first-ever interview about Mormon Movie, my sophomore effort in production with Kartemquin Films, a warm welcome from our local public radio station almost immediately upon my return from Seattle. Good times! LISTEN HERE

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Pacific Northwest Sweep

Honored to join my peeps at the Northwest Film Forum this week, as juror for this year’s Local Sightings Film Festival. It’s a friendship that’s lasted since 2008 and there were extra gooood times last February, when we sold out two rooms for simultaneous screenings of Fever Year.

Saturday night, October 6 brings (at last) the Oregon premiere of FYR, at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre, presented by the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Sunday afternoon, October 7 is the Tacoma Film Festival screening of the film at Grand Cinema. Join us!

I’ll shoot with a client upon return to Seattle, get to communicating with my Kickstarter backers, hopefully catch a hike or two, see alll my friends, then slide up to Bellingham real quick for a screening at Pickford Film Center’s DOCtober on Friday, October 12.

I love you too, Pacific Northwest. Thanks for the seasonal assist.

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Final hours of Kickstarter campaign

We’re in the final, sweaty sprint to fund the next phase of Mormon Movie, my sophomore effort – just a year after the world premiere of my first film. Crazy times. Incredible to see everyone rally around the project. Here’s an update on it all: “What 254 people can do…”

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indieWIRE’s ‘Project of the Day’

One hundred thanks to indieWIRE, for selecting Mormon Movie as their Project of the Day!

“If you’d told me 16 years ago (after I’d just left the Mormon church) that I’d someday intimately engage the religion within a documentary, AND direct that film with the same people who’d just produced Hoop Dreams, I’d have called you crazy. Ideas for Mormon Movie emerged after Christmas a few years ago. As a gift for my siblings, I’d ordered VHS copies of a film my mother starred in at 19 years old. We laughed over the film’s B-Movie qualities, but I had a lot of questions about how and why that film was made. And, here we are.”

Click here to see how things are going for Mormon Movie on Kickstarter

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First Look At My Second Film

Um. Do you know how much work goes in to launching a Kickstarter campaign? An unbelieeevable amount of work. That, plus months of prep for a “first look” at a work-in-progress sample, makes for busy times. We have 25 days to raise $25k. Help a sister out! Most of what you see here was shot a year ago. Please help get us back out on the road. Click here to donate

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