RICK ALVERSON

RICK ALVERSON (1971) is a filmmaker and musician from Richmond, Virginia. He has made four feature films in conjunction with the independent label Jagjaguwar. His first, The Builder (2010), is an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America. New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O'leary (The Builder) and Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy), again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. New Jerusalem premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. His third feature, The Comedy, premiering in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is a tale of the perils of entitlement set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The feature was produced by Mike S. Ryan (Meek's Cutoff), Brent Kunkle and Glass Eye Pix and stars Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie) in his first major dramatic role. In 2011, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He also has directed videos for Bonny Prince Billy (New Wonder) and Gregor Samsa (Jeroen Van Aken). Upcoming films include a reconstruction era drama entitled Clement, to be produced in 2012, and Rabbit, both of which continue his collaboration with Colm O'Leary. In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.

COMING SOON: Soundtrack to Rick Alverson’s “The Comedy,” Watch Official Film Trailer

Here it is! Jagjaguwar is happy to bring you the soundtrack from Rick Alverson’s “The Comedy.” Featuring songs from artists both old and new, the music was chosen to exemplify “the autumn of the American Era.” You’ll find the full tracklisting below! The soundtrack is out November 13 on both digital and vinyl formats.

In addition to the soundtrack, we’re happy to also share the official film trailer. Watch above! “The Comedy” is out via On Demand (Cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon, VUDU) starting October 24 and in theaters on November 9; look for showings throughout the month with filmmaker Q&A’s in select cities! Head to Tribeca to find out where you can watch “The Comedy.”

 
“The Comedy” Official Soundtrack Track Listing
Donnie & Joe Emerson – “Baby”
“Taxi Hip Hop”
Bill Fay – “Garden Song”
“Old Man Be Dead By Now”
Gardens & Villa – “Carrizo Plain”
Amanaz – “Khala My Friend”
“You Get A Lot of Assholes in Here”
William Basinski – “The Disintegration Loops” (1.1 Excerpt 1)
“I Need You”
Gayngs – “The Gaudy Side of Town” (Single Edit)
“You Are in the Demon’s House”
Here We Go Magic – “Over the Ocean”
Bill Fay – “Camille”
“Nick Nolte”
Gardens & Villa – “Chem Trails”
William Basinski – “The Disintegration Loop” (1.1 Excerpt 2)

WATCH: Teaser for ‘The Comedy’ Up at Vulture

Vulture shares a new teaser for Rick Alverson’s film The Comedy. Playing at Sundance earlier this year, the film that stars Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy will be available on VOD starting October 24 and select theaters starting November 16. Watch the [quiet] teaser above.

Tribeca Film Acquires North American Rights to “The Comedy”

We’re so very proud to announce that Tribeca Film will be distributing Rick Alverson’s The Comedy throughout North America. The Jagjaguwar-produced drama was one of this year’s most talked about films since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was in U.S. dramatic competition. Variety called it “compulsively fascinating” and Film Threat described it as “one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen”.

What exactly does this mean? In addition to having a limited theatrical run, the drama will soon be available in over 40 million homes through video-on-demand, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Xbox, Samsung Media Hub and the like.

Alverson, who directed and wrote The Comedy, is someone Jagjaguwar has been working with for a very long time (since 1996). Jagjaguwar has released over nine albums with Alverson, and The Comedy is just one of four dramas Alverson and Jagjaguwar have collaborated on. Like Jagjaguwar, Alverson is also very excited about Tribeca Film’s involvement. “My hope is that The Comedy may be seen as both a challenging, cautionary tale and an unapologetic immersion in a culture of irony and recreational cruelty many have come to find liberating,” said Alverson. “We’re very happy to be in the competent hands of Tribeca Film and look forward to a partnership that will bring this movie to a wide audience.”

The Comedy features Tim Heidecker of the “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job,” as an aging hipster spending his aimless recreation with like-minded friends (“Tim & Eric” co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a.“Neil Hamburger”) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. There are several cameos by musicians Jagjaguwar friends, Will Sheff (Okkervil River) and Richard Swift (The Shins).

Read more about the acquisition HERE.

Rick Alverson’s The Comedy Stirs Up Crowds & Critics at Sundance. Watch A New Clip From the Film

 

ALSO: Rough House Pictures (Danny McBride, David Gordon Green) Comes On Board to Present Rick Alverson’s The Comedy.

The provocative and controversial drama The Comedy was one of the most talked about movies at Sundance this past week. The movie, in U.S Dramatic Competition, stars Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), has inspired heated post-screening Q&A’s and has polarized critics and audiences alike, the sign of any truly visionary film. Director Rick Alverson removes the safe, rosy filter off of contemporary culture to give the audience a look behind the curtain at the cost of American Utopianism and its unintentional byproduct of numbness and disconnect. The film also features Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Jeff Jensen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen, and Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger).

Also, Jagjaguwar in conjunction with producers Mike S. Ryan (Greyshack Productions) and Brent Kunkle (Larry Fassenden’s production company Glass Eye Pix), is very proud to partner with Rough House Pictures (whose principals include actor Danny McBride, directors David Gordon Green and Jody Hill) to present the movie. Jagjaguwar has been working with Rick Alverson as a musician or a director since 1996 (9 albums, 4 movies), and this latest partnership, where Rough House brings to the fold the “true harmony between David Gordon Green’s lyrical filmmaking and Danny’s darkly comic sensibility”, as Alverson puts it, seems like a perfect fit.

Here are some select reactions:

“While The Comedy is one hell of a challenging film, it deserves tremendous respect for its clarity of vision. It’s not “Animal House,” it’s Lars von Trier’s “The Idiots”. – IFC

“A dark, determinedly abrasive study of a slovenly Brooklyn hipster…this singular Sundance entry is certain to split reactions every which way…Heidecker… gives a compulsively fascinating performance…Alverson’s unfussy filmmaking breathes quiet assurance.” – Variety

“Rick Alverson unleashes a camouflaged assault on contemporary culture veiled in a gorgeously crafted and humorous veneer. As taboos are broken, audience members are forced to question their boundaries and whether they should be laughing with it, at it, or not at all.” – Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival

“By far one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies Iʼve ever seen in my life.”

– Film Threat

“Word on the street is you either love or you hate The Comedy — an acerbic accounting of an over-privileged, aged Williamsburg hipster. I never knew what the main character, played perfectly by Tim Heidecker in his first dramatic role, was about to do — not even for a second.  For me, that was a major triumph of the film.” – Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Huffington Post

“An epic display of the over-privileged, eternally adolescent white American male behaving badly…Alverson is onto something culturally significant.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Digs up something that affects more people than just Brooklynites, the lack of sincerity in our lives and this generation’s reluctance of commitment. It’s a meaty film, filled with ideas unobscured by any generic narrative string, a move that shows not only the confidence of the director but his respect of the audience. This is one that’ll have people talking.” – Indiewire / Playlist

The Comedy is the first movie I’ve ever walked out of. Ever… The movie is, on second thought, kind of brilliant…” – Heather Donohue (actress in Blair Witch Project, via Huffington Post)


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