In 2007, of Montreal began steadily documenting every moment of their career. Filmmaker Craig Zobel kicked off this process during the band’s two-night residency at Los Angeles’ Avalon, followed by Jason Miller’s efforts capturing the subsequent Skeletal Lamping tour. Since then, the band has operated non-stop under the watchful eye of a camera, logging each studio rehearsal, club show, and everything in between. With hundreds of hours of footage in tow, including a recently-discovered box of old camcorder tapes from the band’s early days, the band plans to develop a comprehensive, feature-length documentary of their entire history entitled, Song Dynasties.
In order to complete the project, of Montreal has launched a Kickstarter campaign, which will attempt to raise $75,000 for “the final round of footage.” These funds will be paramount to “conduct interviews, as well as pay for their flights, costly venue filming fees, digitizing dozens of old tapes, lots of hard drives to store the footage, and editing the documentary.” If all goes according to plan, however, the band plans to have a final cut ready by March. Currently, the campaign has 15 backers pledging $1,335, which means they’ll need over $70,000 before its end date of December 12th.
As expected, those who do pledge are in for some ultra-primo exclusives, courtesy of the band’s vast archives. These range from old VIP tour passes to deluxe DVD packages and even a download or vinyl copy of Young Froth/Taypiss, a collection of 14 of the earliest of Montreal recordings never before released. Those looking for more bizarre items, however, can pledge $750 for the canoe used in the “Coquet Coquette” video; $1,000 for the 10-foot dress Kevin Barnes wore on-stage to Coachella 2007 and in the “Heimdalsgate” video; or $2,500 for a popcorn-free screening with the band in their hometown of Athens, GA.
To make a pledge, head here. Below, you can check out the accompanying trailer.