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As you may know, Sigur Ros had been in the process of completing their "Mystery Film Experiment," for which they shot videos for every song on their 2012 album, Valtari. The project was recently finished and now the band plans to premiere the film across the world in unconventional venues, including "cinemas, cinema-like spaces, rock clubs, hardware stores, hairdresser salons, and beyond." The NYC screening will take place the weekend of December 7-9 in a TBA location. The band writes:
join sigur rós fans from around the world for a unique program of short filmsTickets for the NYC screening are on sale now.
the "valtari film experiment" program collects at least 17 commissioned "official" and fan-created short films created to coincide with the album valtari. the program will screen on all seven continents (yes, including antarctica). venues will include cinemas, cinema-like spaces, rock clubs, hardware stores, hairdresser salons, and beyond. with the band's live film inni, large venues were particularly pursued, but this time, smaller, more avant-garde film-type spaces are sought out, though there will be many exceptions.
directors of at least some of these films will be present at the screening.
upon the release of their album valtari, sigur rós gave a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the album. the idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are alma har'el, andrea arnold, and floria sigismondi. at the same time, the band invited fans to contribute their own personal creations.
the exact new york location is to be announced, though it will be a cinema or cinema-like space within the five boroughs, and you will be sent location details well in advance. however, tickets are limited and only available for a limited time, so please order now.
All cities and locations that the film will screen in are listed at Sigur Ros' website. A YouTube playlist of the Mystery Film Experiment is below.
Sigur Ros - "Mystery Film Experiment"