Sundance Film Festival invaded by the Indies!

From January 21-31, the legendary Sundance Film Festival will return to Park City, Utah, and if you’ve been reading closely of late, you probably know this year’s edition will feature projects and/or sounds from some of our favorite indie acts. But did you know just how many? It’s invasion!

In addition to the previously reported presence of Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear, we can also tell you that the Chicago post-rock outfit Califone will debut All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, the companion film to the band’s most recent album, at Sundance. The film, was written and directed by frontman Tim Rutili,  draws on the same themes and inspirations as the album, telling the story of a fortune teller named Zel (played by respected cult actress Angela Bettis) who lives and works in an old house crowded with ghosts. Oh, and get this: Califone will also be performing a live soundtrack alongside the film at the opening screening at Sundance.

Also making its debut at the festival will be the Runaways biopic starring Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. Also featured in the film are St. Louis garage rockers Living Things, who appear as The Ramones.

As TwentyFourBit reports, a number of musicians have also contributed to the sounds that will resonate from Sundance’s many films. Moby will supply music to Waste Land, a documentary about Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, while The Roots soundtracked Night Catches Us, a new film about their hometown of Philadelphia in the 1970s. What’s more, folk singer Jaymay scored the sounds of How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor’s directorial debut, Happythankyoumoreplease.

Not bad, huh? And considering Sundance is still a month away, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard of the indie invasion…


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