Arcade Fire’s first feature film, The Reflektor Tapes, has been confirmed for inclusion in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, which commences September 10th. The screening on September 12th will be the worldwide premiere. The band has released a brand new trailer which you can watch below. The Reflektor Tapes was directed by Kahlil Joseph, and produced by studio Pulse Films. The film explores the band’s music, art and personal history.
The Reflektor Tapes is an insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, charting the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.
Audiences will relive concerts from the Reflektor tour, re-envisioned in true cinema high definition and surround sound. The film will also offer a rare opportunity for fans to delve beneath the surface and get closer to the band themselves. With Arcade Fire granting previously unprecedented access to Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes fluidly blends in never before seen personal footage, including interviews, documentation of the recording process and moments captured by the band themselves, to dazzling effect.
Arcade Fire said of the film: “There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads. We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.”
In addition to showcasing music from Reflektor and other albums in Arcade Fire’s storied back catalogue, The Reflektor Tapes will also give viewers a chance to hear a brand new, unreleased track for the first time and features an exclusive 15 minutes of unseen footage, filmed with the band only for cinema audiences.
Kahlil Joseph is an award winning LA based filmmaker. His beautifully shot, evocative short film “Until the Quiet Comes” for Flying Lotus received widespread critical acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Films at Sundance Film Festival 2013 and Video of the Year at the UKMVA’s in 2013. Kahlil has worked with some of the most influential artists in music, including Kendrick Lamar and FKA Twigs. A further collaboration with Kendrick Lamar resulted in a 2-screen installation titled Double Conscious. This work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA for the 2015 season.