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All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

Tim Rutili, USA 2010, 84’

An old house, a tarot reader, and ghosts of the bride, priest, poet, filmmaker, and musicians, where the ghosts play cards, drink, have sex and help with the fortunetelling business. The happy coexistence of the living and dead world is upset when a mysterious light appears beyond the window…

All the adjectives that describe this film, like fun, moving, and thought provoking, sound trite and worn-out as compared to this film’s freshness. How do you describe a story of a complex friendship with ghosts, one that is neither pop nor pastiche? The film is funny, though without screwball mainstream antics like Whoopi Goldberg rolling her eyes. It is moving for its representation of reality as fantastic, and funeral, not as a creation of the presented world, but as part of so-called reality. It is a film with overwhelming music that makes and supplements the images, as a metaphor of transition suspended between life and death. It is also fun to watch, visually polished. On the plot level, it is thought provoking and wise. Hypnotic hippie-blues sounds (the band Califone and director Tim Rutili play the musicians) balance the film in an esoteric and mystic space and get the audience familiar with (or maybe explain?) the concept of death, time, and emotional relationships that are sometimes bond and other times noose. All of it served up without pretentiousness, with perspective and charming freshness.

Paulina Sieniuć

Tim Rutili

Musician, filmmaker, and visual artist. Founding member of the bands Red Red Meat and Califone, Tim has worked with Ugly Casanova and Boxhead Ensemble. He is a songwriter, vocalist, guitar and keyboard player, writes film scores, has directed numerous videos, is a photographer and author of collages and paintings. Rutili’s video installation, Key to the Highway, was on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles showed his film Three Legged Animals. With Glen Sherman he founded Better Angel Films, which produced his directorial debut, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, which is accompanied by a 2009 CD release by Califone of the same title on Dead Oceans records.

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Filmography

2010 Muzyka dla truposzy / All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

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director Tim Rutili
screenplay Tim Rutili
cinematography Darryl Miller
editing Kevin Ford, Amy Cargill
music Califone (Joe Adamik, Jim Becker, Ben Massarella, Tim Rutili)
cast Angela Bettis, Emily Candini, Reid Coker, Megan Hovde-Wilkins, Karol Kent, George McAuliffe, Alan Scalpone, Molly Wade, Wesley Walker, Kevin Ford, Michael McGinley, Sierra Magdalena Mitchell, Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella, Jim Becker, Joseph Adamik, Joe Adamik
producer Zach Robbins, Glen Sherman, Jason Tyrrell
production Better Angel Films, IndiePix Films
sales IndiePix Films
language English
colouration colour
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