Photo by Nate Slevin
“Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal ‘perfectly adapted to the music hall?'” asks the official website for the documentary Fever Year. Fans will get answers next month when the new feature-length film on multi-instrumental looper and whistling extraordinaire Andrew Bird premieres at the prestigious 49th New York Film Festival. The film will be shown October 1st (6:15 EST) and 2nd (9:00 EST) at Lincoln Center.
Filmed after the concluding months of immense touring and a decade of hard work, the documentary was brought about by Bird’s desire to have him and his band-mates and their 155th (and final) show of the year presented in a way that was more than just the standard TV spots and internet videos. However, the film is far from the typical “concert capture” approach. As explained by director, Xan Aranda, “Fever Year isn’t a document of Andrew’s intimate details or an assay of his sweat. It’s a snapshot” that goes on to show “his risk and reward for being an undeniable creative force.”
Bird is not finished with the world of cinema just yet. The Chicago-based folker scored the independent film Norman which is set to be released October 21st, via AMC Independent. The dramedy revolves around a troubled high-school youth and his struggles with the perils of daily existence. That’s heavy. Check out some of the music from the film on the Norman website and pick up the soundtrack when it drops on October 11th via Mom + Pop records.