Califone to Premiere Film at Sundance, Tour with Wilco

All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, the film that accompanies Califone’s new album of the same name, will be making its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this January. The film was written and directed by Califone frontman Tim Rutili, and is his debut feature length film. The band will also be performing a live soundtrack alongside the film at the opening screening at Sundance.

The screenplay for the film, draws on the same themes and inspirations as the album. The story revolves around a fortune teller named Zel (played by respected cult actress Angela Bettis) who lives and works in an old house crowded with ghosts. When a mysterious light appears in the woods, the ghosts realize they are trapped and begin to rebel.

The live soundtrack to the film has been a part of Califone performances throughout the fall touring in support of All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, and KEXP’s Brian Cullen witnessed one of these moving performances and wrote about it for the KEXP blog. The LA Times recently covered the album and film project before the band’s performance at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, which you can read HERE. also recently took the time to speak to Rutili and the interview is well worth the read, check it out HERE.

Even with all of the excitement surrounding the film, the band are spending the bulk of their February on tour, supporting Wilco on dates in the United States and Canada. These shows will not accompany the film, and include an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Additionally, the band has announced two shows in their hometown of Chicago, one alongside the film on March 9, and one as a standard rock show on March 10.

Califone’s All My Friends Are Funeral Singers at Sundance:
1/26/10 Park City, UT @ New Frontier on Main, 9pm (includes live performance by Califone)
1/27/10 Park City, UT @ Egyptian Theatre, 9pm
1/28/10 Park City, UT @ Holiday Village Cinema II, 2pm
1/29/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Broadway Centre Cinemas IV, 7:30pm
1/30/10 Park City, UT @ Yarrow Hotel Theatre 1, 3pm

2/07/10 Missoula, MT @ Adams Center w/ Wilco
2/09/10 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall w/ Wilco
2/10/10 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre w/ Wilco
2/12/10 Victoria, BC @ Royal Theatre w/ Wilco
2/13/10 Vancouver, BC @ David Lam Park w/ Wilco
2/15/10 Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee w/ Wilco
2/16/10 Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee w/ Wilco
2/17/10 Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place w/ Wilco
2/19/10 Duluth, MN @ DECC Auditorium w/ Wilco
2/20/10 Madison, WI @ Overture Center for the Arts w/ Wilco
2/21/10 East Lansing, MI @ Wharton Center w/ Wilco
2/22/10 Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Place Theatre w/ Wilco
2/24/10 London, ON @ Centennial Hall w/ Wilco
3/09/10 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
3/10/10 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

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