Making music at Sundance

Still from ODDSAC.

Music is surely a strong theme at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: In Sam Taylor Wood’s NOWHERE BOY, a teenage, pre-Beatles John Lennon finds an escape from his dysfunctional family through music (watch a clip here). The band Animal Collective will debut the film it has spent years collaborating on with Danny Perez, ODDSAC, a psychedelic mix of abstract music and visuals. TWILIGHT’s Kristen Stewart stars as rocker Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning plays Jett’s bandmate Cherie Currie in Floria Sigismondi’s rock-and-roll biopic THE RUNAWAYS. And that’s just for example.

But particularly exciting is the Festival’s special celebration of the music, composers and performers being featured in this year’s Festival films, which features an acoustic set by Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, performing together “in an old-fashioned guitar pull … alternating songs from throughout their careers,” according to an announcement. (Lovett and Hiatt have toured together in the past.) The performance, which is open to all Festival Credential Holders, will be held on Sunday, January 24 at 8 p.m. Here’s hoping it makes its way online.