Indie rock heroes Mac McCaughan + Jim Wilbur of
SUPERCHUNK and PORTASTATIC
LIVE & UNPLUGGED!
... following a sneak peak of Matthew Bissonnette's twist on the road trip movie ...
... and panel with writer/director Matthew Bissonnette + Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, moderated by NOW's Michael Hollett ...
APRIL 7th, 2010
608 College Street, Toronto
General Admission 19+
PASSENGER SIDE tells the story of two brothers, played by Adam Scott (The Vicious Kind, Step Brothers, The Aviator, Knocked Up) and Joel Bissonnette (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Looking for Leonard, Zodiac), who spend the day driving around Los Angeles looking for the meaning of their lives, or cheap street drugs, depending on who you happen to believe.
Like all good road trips, PASSENGER SIDE is loaded with a stellar soundtrack featuring songs by Superchunk, Leonard Cohen, Dinosaur Jr., Evan Dando, Guided by Voices, the titular track by Wilco, and many others!
Tickets also on sale at:
Soundscapes (572 College St.)
Rotate This (801 Queen St. West)
THE BUZZ ON PASSENGER SIDE...
"Canada's Top Ten" films of '09
- Toronto International Film Festival
"A thinking man's Judd Apatow flick ... literate, amusing and unexpectedly moving."
- L.A. Weekly
"Four stars ... Exactly the kind of funny, smart, sad, insightful movie we should be making."
- Montreal Gazette
"Four stars ... It's not like Sideways; it's a lot better in fact."
- The National Post
"NNNN ... It's like a Richard Linklater movie from the mid-1990s."
- NOW Magazine
"A sly slice-of-life that starts as a random string of events, then moves obliquely but purposefully toward a poignant epiphany ... an original young filmmaking talent coming into his own."
"Great dialogue, a fantastic soundtrack and excellent performances by Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette."
"A poignant portrait of sibling rivalry and affection."
- The Hollywood Reporter
IN THEATRES APRIL 2010
When & Where
As you might have expected, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan has an awesome record collection.
The frontman for the seminal indie rockers Superchunk as well as founder and head dude of Merge Records has found a cinematic kindred spirit in Canadian filmmaker Matt Bissonnette. Back in 2002, Bissonnette handed McCaughan a script after a performance in Montreal and asked him to do the score to his debut feature, "Looking For Leonard." McCaughan agreed, making his debut composing work for a feature film and has only worked with Bissonnette since, again writing tunes for the director's sophomore feature "Who Loves The Sun" in 2006.
For his latest film, "Passenger Side," Bissonnette once again got in touch with McCaughan whose role this time was to help put together the soundtrack for the road trip film using the director's wishlist as a starting point. “Matt basically said come up with a dream list and see what you can get,” he says. “He gave me a list of the type of stuff he already had in mind and I add a whole other list.” McCaughan also penned one new song for the film as well.
As you might expect, the resulting soundtrack is pretty awesome and is pretty reflective of the kind of record collections most college kids would've had in the '90s including classic cuts from the likes of Smog, Unrest, Silver Jews, Guided By Voices, Wilco, Dinosaur Jr. and Camper Van Beethoven.
While the music isn't exactly current with the film's setting, McCaughan says these choices were deliberate, as he used the tunes as a sort of texture to help build where the characters are coming from, "The music is not so contemporaneous with the story, because it's from so many years previous. I don't think it's just background noise because it does have some meaning in the whole scheme of things. You don't want it to intrude too much, but I think that there is something to that." McCaughan further explains his approach saying, "The whole idea of the way the soundtrack was going to work evokes a lot of things about how you come to love music in the first place, and thereby evoking a certain age."
"Passenger Side" has been doing festival rounds but from what we can gather, no set release date is yet in place. For our Toronto readers, there will be a screening this Wednesday April 7th at the Royal Cinema with McCaughan and Jim Wilbur in attendance. You can find out more details at the film's official website.
The official synopsis, trailer and soundtrack listing is below:
Michael Brown’s (ADAM SCOTT) birthday begins with a telephone call from his estranged, drug addicted brother Tobey (JOEL BISSONNETTE). Tobey is totally unaware that it is his older brother’s birthday, but he is very aware that his car is broken, and he begs Michael to drive him on various apparently legitimate, vital errands.
As Bruce Springsteen has astutely noted, "a man who turns his back on his family just ain’t no good", and so Michael puts off his seemingly romantic birthday plans, and with his brother embarks on a sketchy, meandering day long odyssey though the mysteries of Los Angeles County.
As the day wears on, it becomes clear that this drive will lead them to some very unexpected destinations.
"Passenger Side" Soundtrack Tracklisting
"Punks In The Beerlight" - Silver Jews
"Hit The Ground Running" - Smog
"Cannibal Café - SNFU
"Mini T.V.'s" - Chad VanGaalen
"Ordinary Night" - The Mekons
"Kid Dynamite" - Squirrel Bait
"The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory" - Guided By Voices
"Good Guys & Bad Guys" - Camper Van Beethoven
"Call Of The Wild" - The Nils
"Final Day" - Young Marble Giants
"Jak" - Volcano Suns
"Driveway To Driveway" - Superchunk
"Freak Scene" - Dinosaur Jr.
"Fucked Up Ronnie" - D.O.A.
"Isabel" - Unrest
"Wild Sage" - The Mountain Goats
"We Saw Jerry's Daughter" - Camper Van Beethoven
"Rough Gem" - Islands
"Be What You Want" - Asexuals
"Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
"You Don't Have To Make Me Feel Better" - Mac McCaughan
"Last Night On Earth" - The Mekons
"Graveyard" - Chad VanGaalen
"Hard Drive" - Evan Dando
"Passenger Side" - Wilco
Q&A: Mac McCaughan (Superchunk/Portastatic)
Superchunk/Portastatic frontman Mac McCaughan has been keeping a low profile of late in terms of his own musical output. While his label, Merge Records, has been busily pumping out records by the likes of Arcade Fire, Spoon and Conor Oberst, McCaughan has opted to stay behind the scenes over the past few years. He has established a working relationship with Montreal director Matthew Bissonnette, whose first two features, Looking For Leonard and Who Loves The Sun have featured musical scores from McCaughan.
Bissonnette’s latest film, Passenger Side, also involves McCaughan’s musical input, but rather than provide the film’s score, the indie rock legend was given every music geek and Cameron Crowe fan’s dream job – the music coordinator. Picking songs from the late 80s/early 90s era of alternative and punk rock, McCaughan put together a soundtrack which reflects the main characters’ soul searching journey through mix tapes. I spoke with the singer about the film, its soundtrack, and the current happenings of Superchunk and Merge.
Read the FULL INTERVIEW.
'Passenger Side' Hosts Movie and a Concert at The Royal Cinema
Matthew Bissonnette's Passenger Side is a road trip movie about two Canadian brothers dealing with a lot of personal and family issues while living in L.A. When I caught it during last year's Toronto International Film Festival I praised it for great dialogue, a fantastic soundtrack and excellent performances by Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette. My sentiment is shared by many as it was picked by TIFF as one of the top ten Canadian films of 2009 and also won the Citytv Award for Best Canadian Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival.
The film is returning to Toronto for a special advance screening on April 7 at 8 p.m. along with a musical performance by Mac McCaughan & Jim Wilbur of Superchunk and Portastatic fame. McCaughan, who was also the music consultant on Passenger Side, and Bissonnette will be doing a Q&A after the screening, moderated by editor and publisher of NOW Magazine, Michael Hollett.
In a press release sent out McCaughan said, "Working on the music for Matt's movies has always been a rewarding process because the music is as important to Matt as any other aspect of the films, but also because he approaches film making with the same spirit that we've always approached making music and putting out records."
Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Soundscapes (572 College St.), Rotate This (801 Queen St. West), and online at passengerside.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be available at the door for $25. More info on Passenger Side can be found at passengersidemovie.com.
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