The multi-award winning concert documentary, Andrew Bird: Fever Year, which had its World Premiere at Lincoln Center last October as part of the prestigious New York Film Festival will screen its Arizona Premiere with the Phoenix Film Festival on Friday, March 30, with an encore on Saturday, March 31.
Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago – feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal “perfectly adapted to the music hall?”
Fever Year is described as the first to capture Mr. Bird’s precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater with collaborators Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis, and Annie Clark of St. Vincent.
Andrew Bird: Fever Year recently received the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Omaha Film Festival and the Audience Award from San Francisco’s 20th Anniversary Noise Pop Film Festival, as well as strong reviews from Variety, RogerEbert.com, indieWIRE, and others.
Fever Year will only be released in festivals – by choice of Andrew Bird, who owns and commissioned the film.
This 80-minute film is the directorial debut from Xan Aranda, a long-time Bird collaborator and producer with Chicago’s acclaimed documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams.)
Ms. Aranda is directing her newest project, Mormons Make Movies, inspired by religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s.
Andrew Bird: Fever Year screens Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM and Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM.