Two indie rock stalwarts are bringing their talents to the silver screen in the coming months. As the band’s website reports, Yo La Tengo will perform their original soundtrack to The Sounds of the Sounds of Science on April 21st at Toronto’s Images Festival. Then, on May 1st at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the band will provide a live score to The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a new documentary by Sam Green. Both Green’s film and its accompanying museum exhibition “contemplate the projects Buckminster Fuller proposed for the Bay Area—including a gargantuan floating tetrahedral city in the middle of the Bay—and explore his utopian vision of radical change through a “design revolution,’” according to SFMOMA’s website.
Blonde Redhead is also attached to a new film, but the project must first be funded. As a Kickstater page notes, the band is set to score a new film about Jorgen Leth. The Danish filmmarker is renowned for A Sunday in Hell, his 1976 film about the Paris Roubaix Cycling Race. Leth now comments on the race for television, and Oscar-nominated director Albert Maysles hopes “to follow Leth as he prepares for and comments on the race. We’ll be with him from his hotel in Paris until the end of the race at the Roubaix Velodrome. Along the way our team of photographers and filmmakers will shoot footage of the race, crowds and Leth himself caught up in the excitement of sport. We’ll capture the intense effort of contemporary pro racers, and will be sure to include stars from cycling’s past.” The film, aptly entitled The Commentator, needs to raise $27,000 by March 23rd in order to go into production.