Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that the company has picked up the North American distribution rights for the LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, with plans to release it via one-night-only engagements in theaters across the country this summer.
Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, who made the Blur movie No Distance Left to Run, the film follows the last 48 hours in the life of James Murphy's popular electronic rock band LCD Soundsystem in the time leading to and including their final show at New York City's Madison Square Garden, a four-hour spectacle that sold out its tickets within minutes.
You can read our thoughts on the movie from Sundance here and here--it was #11 in our Best of the Fest--and look for our exclusive Sundance interview with LCD frontman James Murphy and the directors sometime before the summer.
Here is the full press release from Oscilloscope:
Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, a Pulse Films production directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, which documents the final days of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM. SUAPTH had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and an encore presentation at last month’s SXSW Film and Music Festival. The film will be released in special one-night-only engagements in theaters nationwide this summer. Tune in later for more program information.
If it’s a funeral… let’s have the best funeral ever.
One year ago today, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his meteoric decision.
Adam Yauch, Beastie Boy and Head of Oscilloscope said, “Perhaps having grown up in a band for most of my life – a band that formed when I was 16 years old – and having released our first record when I was still in high school, this film addresses so many questions. For instance, it can be pretty clear when a band starts, but perhaps less so when it ends, or how it should end. In that sense, it’s brilliant of James to end it in such a definitive way.”
SUAPTH was produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Films and James Murphy. Keith Wood, Christine Vachon, and The Creators Project executive produced. The deal was negotiated by David Fenkel of Oscilloscope and Mark Anker at WME Global.
For more information about the film visit ShutUpandPlayTheHits.com or follow SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS on Twitter @LCD_SUAPTH