By Scott T. Sterling
It’s that time of year when the entertainment industry turns its collective attention towards Park City, Utah, as the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is rapidly approaching over the ten days between Jan. 16-26. From the slew of hype-generating movies vying to be the next big thing in cinema to the endless celebrity-packed parties that pepper the city during the fest, Park City turns into the center of the entertainment universe.
Music has become an increasingly important part of the Sundance experience, with high-profile acts performing at the industry events to those same artists being tapped to soundtrack the hopeful movies being screened throughout the fest. Two such burgeoning features boast cues created by none less than Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman, Ben Gibbard, and former Beastie Boys rapper, Adam Horovitz, AKA “Ad-Rock.”
According to Indiewire, Gibbard is at the helm of the soundtrack for Laggies, which is being described as a coming of age story starring Kiera Knightley (whose character is “stuck in adolescence”), Sam Rockwell and Jeff Garlin. The movie is directed by Lynn Shelton, best known for such “mumblecore” movies as Humpday and My Sister’s Sister. It will be Gibbard’s second turn at scoring a film, following his work on 2006 documentary Kurt Cobain: About a Son.
Horovitz is making the music for a much more tripped-out affair, as the ex-Beastie Boy is behind the soundtrack of No No: A Dockumentary, which chronicles the infamous and rather amazing true story of late Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, who in June of 1970 threw a perfect game for the Pittsburgh Pirates while tripping on LSD. The man known as “Ad-Rock” is no stranger to cinema soundtracks, having worked on the music for such releases as The Thing That Happened and forthcoming romantic comedy, The Truth About Lies, which stars Odette Annable (New Girl, Cloverfield).
Both films will debut at this year’s Sundance fest, and with any luck, will get scooped up by movie distributors who will bring them to your local movie theaters before the end of the year.