A feature film collaboration between the band Animal Collective and filmmaker Danny Perez will screen at San Francisco's Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on Thursday, Mar. 25. Entitled ODDSAC, the film (which is being billed as a "visual album") is a "dense and surreal layering of audio and visual elements that eschews conventional narrative to create a visceral, immersive experience." (Just check out the trailer.) 6:30 & 8:30 p.m., $15.
The screening will feature director Danny Perez and members of Animal Collective.
A new documentary that explores the question "what is music?" releases on DVD tomorrow. The Heart Is a Drum Machine is a feature-length documentary directed by Christopher Pomerenke and featuring an original score by the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd (including a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" with Tool's Maynard James Keenan on vocals). Also featuring Mickey Avalon, Jimmy Eat World, Modest Mouse, Wayne Coyne, John Frusciante, Jason Schwartman, MGMT, Sleater Kinney, Elijah Wood, and the Postal Service.
The black metal documentary that’s gained cultish popularity despite hardly any advertising is coming to Berkeley’s Elmwood Theater (2966 College Ave.) starting March 5. Until the Light Takes Us, directed by formerly San Francisco-based filmmakers Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell, tells the story of black metal — and, in particular, the ideology behind the music genre that resulted in numerous (and highly sensationalized) church burnings, suicides, and murders in the mid-Nineties in Norway. The filmmakers moved to Norway for several years and interviewed musicians such as Fenriz of Darkthrone, Varg Vikernes (who was convicted of the murder of his Mayhem bandmate), and Frost of Satyricon to understand what this movement is truly about. The documentary had a limited run at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last year, so in case you missed it, this may be your only chance to see it for a while. The Express is sponsoring this screening.