Sigur Rós gave a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and carte blanche to create whatever came into their heads after listening to the band’s new album, Valtari. The experiment has already given us Shia LeBeouf’s penis and while there’s, sadly, none of that in the latest installment, Hedwig‘s John Cameron Mitchell did whip out his pen and create Seraph with cartoonist and animator Dash Shaw.
“Eight years ago I met Jonsi, the queer singer of Sigur Rós , and took him to his first drag show (Suppositori Spelling in SF). Jonsi says it remains his ‘best drag show.’ This year he asked me and 12 other flmmakers to be part of their Valtari Mystery Film Project. We were allowed do whatever we wanted with the music from their new album–no parameters but the small budget. I chose to do a 6 min narrative short focussing on a character from Shell Game, an animated feature I’m producing with director Dash Shaw, an amazing graphic novelist who did comic book art for my film Rabbit Hole. Seraph is the superqueer result using two songs from the new album.”
Mitchell recently performed a small excerpt of his sequel to Hedwig and the Angry Inch along with composer Stephen Trask at the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, MA, so we guess he did have some privates in public after all.