What a better way to exhibit the impermanence of life, art, and being than pairing relatively obscure bands and impending demolition on high definition video. Filmmaker Christoph Green has already created two films that features indie bands performing one song each in a house slated for tear-down or burning. The series, produced by Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, depends on a city that is home to an active or burgeoning music scene, a selection of neglected houses, and a well-informed local music insider to serve as curator.
The series entitled Burn to Shine is on the Trixie DVD label and is being distributed by Touch and Go Records. The first in the series was filmed in Washington D.C. and curated by Canty; the second was filmed in Chicago and curated by Bob Weston of Shellac; and the third yet-to-be released was filmed in Portland, Oregon and curated by Chris Funk of The Decemberists.
Artists that contributed to the Washington D.C. filming include Ted Leo, Bob Mould, Q and Not U, Medications, and The Evens and the Chicago DVD features Wilco, The Ponys, Shellac and Freakwater and more. The third in the series looks more to my liking and it will feature The Decemberists, Mirah, Quasi and Sleater-Kinney among others.
Learn more about the Burn to Shine series at the Trixie DVD site: