On Aug. 12 Oscilloscope Laboratories will release on DVD documentary filmmaker Jason Miller’s The Past is a Grotesque Animal, a very personal look at the life and artistry of songwriter, musician and performance artist Kevin Barnes.
Founder and frontman of the eclectic rock bank Of Montreal (aka: “of Montreal”), Barnes is a difficult individual to pin down. Since 1997 a dozen albums have been released and he’s built a core following … it took seven years from start-to-finish for Miller to construct this documentary, and even then fans will come away with more questions than answers.
Friends, his parents and band mates are interviewed and some of Barnes elaborate stage productions (and personas) are presented here. A 30-market theatrical break is planned for mid-June, which should further build awareness for the Aug. 12 DVD rollout.
Bonus features with the DVD release of The Past is a Grotesque Animal include a 16-page “Song Dynasties” booklet.
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