Chicago indie rock experimentalists Califone have a sweeping cinematic sound that utilizes a broad sonic and stylistic pallette that stretches from raw, rural country to dense urban cacophony.
Which makes them an ideal band to lend their live musical performance to a film. What sets “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers” apart from the pack of musicians who have conjured up live soundtracks to films is that Califone singer-guitarist-bandleader Tim Rutili wrote and directed the feature-length film.
In other words, Califone’s music was custom-made for the movie. Or is it the other way around?
Way too many rockers have tried to branch out and become movie actors with varying results. Dave Matthews, for example, has been pretty successful at it. Tom Petty, who took a big screen turn in Kevin Costner’s 1997 post-apocalyptic “The Postman,” well, not so much.
Califone’sTim Rutili, however, has taken the role of rock renaissance man to the next level, crossing over into films, not as an actor, but as a screenwriter and director.
The film is “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers,” and it’s making its area premiere at 8:30pm on Saturday at MASS MoCA in North Adams. In typical MASS MoCA fashion, the Chicago-based experimental folk band will also perform the soundtrack music live to accompany the screening. And following the film, Califone will perform in a more traditional concert setting as well.
The film will be shown outdoors in the museum’s Courtyard C on the largest outdoor movie screen in Massachusetts, and the weather looks perfect. Tix are $15 in advance; $19 at the door.
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