Sunday, June 22

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The Past Is a Grotesque Animal: A Film About Of Montreal

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The Late Show: Area Premiere!

(2014) dir Jason Miller w/Kevin Barnes [77 min; Digital]
THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible look at an artist – Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band Of Montreal – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question: Is this really worth it?

“While Of Montreal contrasted with the sturm und drang of their indie rock peers, their psychedelic-inspired eclecticism makes more sense when seen in the context of the Elephant 6 Recording Company. Kevin Barnes and his cohort of merry pranksters were not among the founders of the influential record label and music collective, but their exuberant style kept it in the public consciousness after its initial wave crested and ebbed.” Chelsea Spear writes about Of Montreal’s arc from the early aughts to the present for Brattle Film Notes. Read more


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  • Friday, June 20 at 9:45 PM
  • Saturday, June 21 at 9:45 PM
  • Sunday, June 22 at 9:45 PM
  • Monday, June 23 at 9:45 PM

Brattle passes accepted.