Canada’s biggest indie act, Arcade Fire, is taking their stage show to the big screen this September with the release of their docufilm, The Reflektor Tapes. The film features footage from the band’s most recent world tour, which promoted the 2013 album Reflektor, and includes behind-the-scenes and candid moments from the road.
Lead singer Win Butler and company tapped highly regarded music video director Kahlil Joseph to oversee the project and capture the unforgettable and unpredictable nature of Arcade Fire performances. Kahlil has become one of hip-hop’s hottest commodities after directing sensational videos for Kendrick Lamar and FKA Twigs.
The project was announced through a Tumblr page dedicated to the documentary, which features a short trailer and an eight-minute video companion piece underscored by one of the album's singles, "Porno." In a press release, the film is described as a “unique cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history,” and that it will include more than 20 minutes of unseen concert footage and a brand new track from the band.
After wrapping up their sold-out Reflektor tour last August, the two-time Grammy award winning band has been keeping a low profile, but members Win, brother Will Butler and touring members Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld have all kept busy with solo albums. Win and wife Régine Chassagne have also announced plans to open a Haitian restaurant in Montreal later this summer, along with Toronto restaurateur Jenn Agg. “It’s more of an art project,” Win told TheGlobe and Mail about the eatery’s vibe. “The idea is that it’s a cultural space."