The other night Columbus saw yet another example of music and film coming together in a single event. Sunday night’s concert at the Wexner Center featured members of the Elephant 6 collective’s various bands (Elf Power, The Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control, etc.) in what was expected to be a loud and rocking show. So it was unusual when the lights went down, a band member came to the mic, . . . and he introduced a short film; and not a 4-min. music video or anything but a 30-min long wacky narrative film that some of them had made. (In a rare act of crowd wisdom, everyone figured out they should just sit down for the film.)
Anyway, at the risk of sounding like I’m in 2002 or something, it really seems like the music/film fusion is happening more and more. We know of some good efforts in this area in Columbus, including the Gateway’s Cinemusica, but I expect we’ll see more soon.
The CIF+VF will probably even put something together in the next year, just to test the bounds of the possible. While we’ll never be leaders in this area, since we’re not heavy into experimental film, we have plenty of local musicians in our ranks and more ideas than time. The possible juxtapositions seem too tempting to pass up.
SIDE NOTE: That show turned out to be semi-historic. The next day the Internet was aflutter with the fact that, at the end of the show, the reclusive Jeff Mangum appeared and played a song. Mangum was the driving force behind Neutral Milk Hotel and a co-founder of Elephant 6. He disappeared after recording two brilliant albums in the mid/late ‘90s, and I think you can count on one hand how many times he has appeared in public since. I’m sure it was unplanned, but this was a huge get for the Wexner.