Dan Deacon & Jimmy Joe Roche
While we’re waiting for the results of his participation –as the composer of the soundtrack - on “Twixt Now and Sunrise”, the new thriller Francis Ford Coppola is making, we can enjoy other forms of Dan Deacon’s interactions with the seventh art. The mad professor of electronic pop’s latest project is a short film shot with filmmaker Jimmy Joe Roche. It’s called “Hilvarenbeek” and it was shot during a three-week stay in the Dutch town of the same name, as part of the most recent edition of art festival Incubate. With an open script and an almost neo-realist spirit, the film is about a rural community living “in touch with nature” on the outskirts of the city of Tilburg. The work introduces the inhabitants of Glocal (the name of the community) in a variety of situations, including sheep herding, shooting with paint-ball guns and a selection of mystic-ecological testimonies. And in the midst of all that, our druid Deacon directs a mysterious choir that ends up shaping an invigorating, incorporeal hymn. Blessed are the weird ones.