And to think: Instead of wasting all that time doing Model UN, we could have been hanging out backstage with Sonic Youth. Dammit. In the summer of 2006, seven high school students from Reno, Nevada hooked up with filmmaking non-profit, Project Moonshine, and set out to record a day in the life of the band. The teenagers were given some training, some cameras and some backstage passes for Sonic Youth’s 4th of July show in Reno, and from what resulted, it looks like they made the most of them.
Shot in glorious black and white, highlights in the set include ‘Tom Violence,’ ‘Shaking Hell,’ ‘Mote,’ ‘Incinerate’ and ‘Kool Thing.’ Additionally, the documentary contains rare interviews with Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo as well as their guitar techs and sound engineers. Filled with behind-the-scenes interviews, original performances and a little basketball, this film shares the enveloping experience of a Sonic Youth concert unraveling before our eyes. [imagesfestival.com]
The film that came out of the experience, Sleeping Nights Awake, is screening next Wednesday at Toronto’s 25th annual Images Festival. The trailer, full of excited kids holding cameras, amazing angles of the concert and shaky dressing room footage, is set to “Do You Believe In Rapture?” after the jump.
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