DAVID BYRNE’s – ” American Utopia ” The Movie

Posted: October 18, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Earlier this year, David Byrne appeared on Saturday Night Live for the first time in decades to perform two songs from his American Utopia Broadway show with the news that, after touring the ground-breaking music production around the world, a Spike Lee directed concert film of the incredible show was in the works.

The upcoming film was originally intended to premiere at this years’ Toronto Film Festival, but due to the current state of the world, will now be released to streaming via HBO on Oct 17th. In the first one-minute teaser that arrived today, Byrne narrates a philosophical passage over a montage of cuts featuring his roving musical ensemble (11 in total) who perform as one deconstructed band to deliver a career-spanning collection of tracks from the Talking Heads singer’s entire catalogue.

“Despite all that’s happened and despite what’s still happening, there’s still possibility,” Byrne says. “James Baldwin said: ‘I still believe that we can do with this country something that has not been done before.’”

“I see it as the journey of a character who is me but not me, because it’s not necessarily biographical,” Byrne told Ultimate Classic Rock, when speaking about the upcoming concert film last year. “He starts off within himself wondering how to be in the world, what’s the right thing to do, how you relate to other people. It’s all kind of a mystery to the character. Then this person finds himself within this little community – in this case the band – and that allows him to come out of his interior a bit. Then by the end, this person and the band are engaged in the wider world, getting involved beyond their own bubble.”

David Byrne’s American Utopia brings the critically acclaimed Broadway show to HBO in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, David Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount. The HBO Special Event in partnership with Participant, River Road Entertainment and Warner Music Entertainment is produced by David Byrne’s Todomundo and Lee’s Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks production companies and executive produced by RadicalMedia.

Who knew how wildly appropriate Byrne’s bubble metaphor would be one year later! The Spike Lee directed concert film of David Byrne’s American Utopia, will arrive on HBO Oct 17th.

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