The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) have announced the world premiere of The Lumineers’ III, a visual exploration of the band’s third and latest album, on Sunday, September 8th.
In three chapters corresponding with the album’s 10 tracks, the film explores addiction over three generations of a working-class family in the American Northeast. Initially inspired by The Lumineers’ lead vocalist Wesley Schultz’s own family members, the film is directed by Kevin Phillips (Super Dark Times) from a story by Schultz and The Lumineers’ drummer and pianist Jeremiah Fraites.
A Neighborhood Watch production, ‘III’ stars newcomer Anna Cordell, Nick Stahl (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, In the Bedroom) and Charlie Tahan (Ozark, Super Dark Times) as the matriarch, son and grandson of the Sparks family. All songs were written by Schultz and Fraites. Schultz, Fraites and manager Bernie Cahill serve as executive producers and Traci Carlson and Richard Peete produce.
Shot entirely in Portland, Oregon, the film’s production team also includes Wyatt Garfield (director of photography), Ed Yonaitis (editor), David Storm (production designer) and Elizabeth Warn (costume designer).
“This short film is about a member of my family who’s battle with addiction has led her to rehab, jail, and ultimately homeless now, for over a year,” Schultz explains. “We were attempting to make a short film with the album serving as our narrator. I never dreamed it would be premiered at one of the top international film festivals in the world.”
Following the 44-minute film premiere, Schultz, Fraites and Phillips will participate in a Q+A session and The Lumineers will perform.
The announcement comes in advance of the band’s release of their new album III on September 13th through Dualtone in the U.S. and Canada and Decca Records for the rest of the world.
Chapter i – Gloria Sparks
- Life In The City
Chapter ii – Junior Sparks
- It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You
- Leader Of The Landslide
- Left For Denver
Chapter iii – Jimmy Sparks
- My Cell
- Jimmy Sparks
- Salt And The Sea
Tour dates as follows…
November 1 – Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal
November 2 – WiZink Center, Madrid, Spain
November 4 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
November 6 – Halle 622, Zurich, Switzerland
November 7 – Zenith, Munich, Germany
November 9 – Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
November 10 – Forum Karlin, Prague, Czech Republic
November 13 – Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
November 14 – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, Germany
November 16 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
November 18 – TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
November 19 – Palladium, Cologne, Germany
November 20 – Le Zénith, Paris, France
November 22 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
November 24 – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
November 27 – The O2, London, UK
November 29 – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland