New Release: Mike Mills ft. Music by The National – I Am Easy To Find

The 24-minute film directed by Academy Award-nominated Mike Mills and starring Alicia Vikander, featuring new music by The National, is now available on www.iameasytofind.com. The film was inspired by the band’s forthcoming album of the same name which will be released this Friday, 17th May

On September 3, 2017, director Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National’s 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker was coming off his third feature, ’20th Century Women’, and was interested in working with the band on…something. A video maybe. Berninger, already a fan of Mills’ films, not only agreed to collaborate, he essentially handed over the keys to the band’s creative process

The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another

The result is ‘I Am Easy To Find’, a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and I Am Easy To Find, a 68-minute album by the National. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favour of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers. The film, shot all on location near Pomoma, CA, took only 5 days to shoot, but is comprised of 164 scenes. The production design is sparse and minimal, consisting only of one chair, a bed, rug, and couch used over and over in the film. Beautifully shot by Daniel Voldheim and edited for about 8 months by Aaron Beckum

The National will be touring throughout 2019. A full list of live dates can be found below….

15 May – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11 June – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center
12 June – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park
13 June – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park
15 June – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
16 June – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
17 June – St Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre
19 June – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
20 June – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
21 June – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
22 June – Hamilton, ON @ Pier 8
24 June – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
25 June – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
26 June – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Lawn
28 June – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
29 June – Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center
30 June – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
10 July – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl
12 July – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
13 July – London, UK @ Hyde Park
15 July – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
16 July – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
18 July – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
4 August – Waterford, IE @ All Together Now
6 August – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand
7 August – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand
9 August – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock
10 August – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
11 August – Buftea, RO @ Summer Well
14 August – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura
16 August – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
16-18 August – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands
18 August – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
28 August – Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park
29 August – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park
30 August – Portland, OR @ Edgefield
1 September – Stanford, CA @ Frost Amphitheater
2 September – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
3 September – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
5 September – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Ampitheater
6 September – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
7 September – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
8 September – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Opera House
10 September – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
11 September – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
16 October – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center
24 October – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
25 November – Warsaw, PL @ Torwar Hall
26 November – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
27 November – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
29 November – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
1 December – Bochum, DE @ RuhrCongress Bochum
2 December – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
3 December – Zurich, SW @ Samsung Hall
4 December – Munich, DE @ Zenith
5 December – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche Arena
7 December – Brighton @ Brighton Centre
8 December – Leeds @ First Direct Arena
9 December – Cardiff @ Motorpoint Arena
10 December – Nottingham @ Motorpoint Arena