Arcade Fire Discuss Terry Gilliam Concert, Spike Jonze Sci-Fi Film

It’s just two more days until Terry Gilliam directs a live webcast of the Arcade Fire gig at Madison Square gardens, but the whole project is still clouded in mystery. The band’s Win Butler has been speaking to Pitchfork but hasn’t really cleared the skies much:

We’re not sure yet [how it is going to be different to a ‘normal’ webcast]. It’s fun because it’s so last minute. That’s the way this band always works. In the early days, my biggest frustration was like, “What do you mean you can’t book a tour a week before it’s supposed to happen? That’s crazy.” Terry is coming out to Montreal and he’s gonna ride on the bus with us and hang out and shoot ideas around. It’s a new medium. It’s like having a live TV program and you have a certain amount of time to fill and be creative and have fun with it.

More concrete, if only just, are his comments on an upcoming collaboration with Spike Jonze:

[We’re making] a short film; we’re still working on it. It’s like a science-fiction B-movie companion piece for the record.

Basically, we played Spike some music from the album and the first images that came to his mind had the same feeling as this idea for a science fiction film I had when I was younger. My brother and I and Spike wrote it together, which was really fun– it was like total amateur hour.

We shot it in Austin and a lot of kids are in the film, and it was great just hanging out with these 15-year-olds for a week and writing down all the funny things they said. It was cool to revert to being a 15-year-old for a little while.

I’m very interested in Jonze’s love affair with short form filmmaking. He’s clearly a rarity in that he can get budgets together for projects that aren’t either feature length box office raiders, nor zero-resource scrabbles. Lucky guy. And he’s sharing the love too, supporting other short film makers, as with the version of Higgledy Piggledy Pop that Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski directed, and which was issued on the Where the Wild Things Are Blu-ray.

Cynics might claim that Jonze’s recent shorts are all commercials – either for Kanye West, vodka or now Arcade Fire – but I don’t think they feel like commercial enterprise at all. More power to him.