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"Thanks for your Gotham award jokes, everybody! Really funny. Will be reading 10 on stage! #Gothamjokes" - Mike Birbiglia

Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound) at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

Jordan Catalano aka Elijah Wood's best friend aka 30 Seconds to Mars frontman aka one of the "alt-est" human beings alive Jared Leto is set to star in the new Jean-Marc Vallée-directed film, Dallas Buyers Club, where he plays an AIDS-infected cross-dresser whose lover is being played by Deerhunter/Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox (the alt-est couple ever?), Hollywood Reporter reports (via Pitchfork). The film also stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.

Jared Leto also recently directed his own film, a documentary called Artifact, which beat the PS 22 Chorus documentary Once in a Lullabye at the Gotham Awards last night (11/26). Gregory Ellwood was live blogging for Hitfix and after predicting Beasts of the Southern Wild would win, he wrote:

This was voted by members and the audience is shocked. Was there a limit to the number of times you could vote? [Jared Leto] says "This movie, which many of you haven't seen is a very, very personal film. It was made by a small group of people over a few years. It talks about being an artist and art and commerce. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for us online. I know some people are upset that 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' isn't up here and it's a phenomenal film." He adds, "Don't hate me because I won. I love that other film too."
The Gotham Awards were hosted by Mike Birbiglia, who was partially telling jokes that were supplied to him by his Twitter followers, some of which he tested out live on stage at the Pretty Good Friends Sandy benefit at The Bell House one night earlier (11/25).

A video of Atlas Sound and Lower Dens playing "Mona Lisa" at a special session during Primavera Sound in Barcelona this past June can be watched below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Staten Island after Sandy
Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, 11/3/12

We already posted some of Gretchen Robinette's pictures of Staten Island after Sandy. Here are some more. They're a reminder of how hard the borough got hit, a fact that not only needs to be remembered, but which needs to reach the right people. Like Obama maybe. The Staten Island Advance posted this letter to the president:

There would be no excuse.

When President Obama comes to New York Thursday to view the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, his first stop must be the neighborhoods of Staten Island. Not Miller Field.

This borough is the scene of unspeakable devastation and personal tragedy. More than half of the city's storm victims -- 23 -- died here, and another Islander died in Lower Manhattan.

They were fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters -- and two young sons, ages 2 and 4.

Homes were lifted off foundations and deposited yards away, like pool toys. Other homes simply crumbled where they stood, or were smashed to bits by water and debris.

The wrecked remnants of houses, memories and lives line the streets, waiting to be taken away like trash. Some people are struggling to stay warm as they go on more than two weeks without electricity or heat. With 200 homes already declared structurally unsound and unsafe to enter, many here are homeless.

These people need help. They need their president.

Do please Mr. President, make Staten Island the centerpiece of your visit to this storm-weary city.

That said, I think they got their wish.

Speaking of Staten Island, let's not forget (maybe even remind the president who they'll be singing for next year), that it's home to the irresistible and talented kids of the P.S. 22 Chorus (the ones who recently covered Tame Impala). Luckily, as far as we've heard and can tell, the kids, chorus director Gregg Breinberg, and their families, all generally seemed to come out of the ordeal unscathed. Upon returning to school they recorded a version of "Chasing the Sun" by the Wanted, "the perfect choice with which to begin again after the unwanted hiatus." You can watch that below, but only after you vote for Once In a Lullaby in the Gotham Awards (they've already made it to the final round).

Check out a deleted scene from the film (starring Gregg and his parents), the Wanted cover video, and more of Gretchen's pictures, below...

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Grnadma Lo-Fi

We've all been there. Those big creative dreams we had when we were young fall prey to the practical concerns of student loans, rents, and families. Maybe we loved piano lessons as a kid but our father couldn't afford them. Maybe we fell in love with a sailor but our parents forbid us from seeing him. Maybe we went ahead and saw him anyways. And maybe when his ship sunk and he died, our mother told us: "what you refuse to give up yourself, God will take from you." After that, maybe we ran away to Iceland, where we worked odd jobs for many years until one day, at the tender age of 70, we rediscovered music.

Grandma Lo-Fi, the directorial debut of three Icelandic musicians, tells just such a story. The story of Sigríður Níelsdóttir, who recorded 600 songs in seven years, mixing together the sounds of household items, pets, found toys, and a Casio keyboard, achieving cult status among Icelandic musicians. One of her albums is all Cowboy songs, another has lyrics that are complete gibberish. Her passion and enthusiasm are infectious. Don't be surprised if by the end of the film you want to go out and get a Casio keyboard and hand-whisk and start recording homespun hits in your living room.

Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm film, Grandma Lo-Fi uses charming lo-fi animation and a delightfully quirky visual style to celebrate the life of a remarkable woman and her irrepressible creative drive.

Documentary Grandma Lo-Fi will screen as part of Rooftop Films at The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St. at Third Avenue, Brooklyn) on Saturday, July 28. Tickets for that are still available. In addition to the screening, there will be a performance by Kira Kira which is actually Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, one of Grandma Lo-Fi's three directors. There is also a reception in the Can Factory courtyard following the screening with complimentary beverages.

Once in a Lullaby

In other Rooftop Films music documentary news, the PS 22 Chorus documentary Once in a Lullaby will screen for free at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George (home of the Staten Island Yankees) in PS 22's home borough of Staten Island on August 14. (More info here.)

If you haven't heard about this film about internet sensations and Oscar performers -- a big hit at the Tribeca Film Festival (where it premiered) -- here's the synopsis:

Public School 22 in NYC has more than just an amazing chorus, they have an amazing story. These 5th graders went from performing in their school auditorium on Staten Island to closing the show at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It all started when their dynamic and caring teacher Gregg Breinberg starting posting videos of their performances on YouTube. The videos went viral captivating viewers from your house to the White House (where they performed for President Obama) with the students' pure love of music. Celebrities and Indie Rockers alike started flocking to the elementary school to visit and perform. Then, at their annual Christmas concert they got a surprise visit from Oscar Co-Host Anne Hathaway who invited them to perform at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. With unprecedented access our crew follows them from the hallways and streets of Staten Island to the Red Carpet and backstage at the Kodak Theater for their big Oscar performance. Back stage drama combines with homesickness as the 10 year olds navigate the world of the entertainment elite. The drama culminates when the chorus director and the producer of the Oscars broadcast clash over creative differences and half the chorus looses their voices screaming at Disney the day before the big show. This documentary is an inspiring feel-good story that shows us children have a lot to teach about music, and that a talented teacher can teach his students the most important lesson of all; within themselves is the power to do anything.
If you can't make it to Staten Island for the free screening, Once in a Lullaby will also play at the Los Angeles Laemmle NoHo from Aug, 10-16, and IFC Center in Manhattan from Aug. 3 - 9 as part of Docuweeks and tickets for those NYC screenings are on sale now.

Trailers for both Grandma Lo-Fi and Once in a Lullaby are below.

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