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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes

Kahlil Joseph
Canada 2015 / 75’

A look behind the scenes of the creative process that went into making Arcade Fire’s words, sounds, and images is a treat not only for the fans that fill stadiums to see the supergroup, but also for anyone who enjoys musical and aesthetic beauty, philosophical reflection and the energy of a live performance. Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes combines all these elements and much more. The camera accompanies the musicians both during concerts and in their free time, recording the mundane and the poetic, the moment when vision meets reality and dreams become everyday life. At times reminiscent of a music video, attacking over and over again with extraordinarily artistic images, piercing sounds and memories. Making his full-length film debut, music video director Kahlil Joseph presents his own impressionistic take on the record, the band, and their tour, capturing their exceptional, creative spirit in full. In The Reflector Tapes, Arcade Fire is shown through the prism of their music and artistic expression, including elements of the influences of Haitian culture (one member of the band, Regina, is from Haiti). The film had its world premiere at the festival in Toronto.

Magdalena Maksimiuk

Kahlil Joseph

A native of Los Angeles, Kahlil Joseph has directed numerous music videos, including for Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and FKA Twigs. His short film Until the Quiet Comes won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2012. Three years later, the California Museum of Modern Art organized an exhibition of one of his video installations, and the prestigious publication "The New Yorker" described his work as an amalgamation of horrifying beauty. Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes is his first feature film.


2012 The Mirror Between Us (short)

2013 Until the Quiet Comes (short)

2015 Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes  

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Cast & Crew

director Kahlil Joseph
cinematography Lol Crawley, Autumn Durald, Malik Hassan Sayeed
editing Matt Holli, Daniel Song
music Arcade Fire
cast Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Win Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Will Butler, Jeremy Gara, Baptiste Jean Nazaire
producer Barry Clark-Ewers, Dan Bowen, Omid Fatemi, Onye Anyanwu
production Pulse Films, What Matters Most
sales Park Circus
language English
colouration colour