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Andrew Bird: Fever Year Documentary at 2012 Phoenix Film Festival

The year 2009 proved to be trying for singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. According to filmmaker Xan Aranda, Bird was “in the middle of an insane touring year,” had been “suffering from perpetual fever,” and would soon part ways with his backing band of roughly five years when he personally asked her to capture concert footage.

Three years later, Aranda’s documentation is now a feature-length film called Andrew Bird: Fever Year. The 80-minute documentary has two screenings at the upcoming Phoenix Film Festival.

Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago – feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal “perfectly adapted to the music hall?” FEVER YEAR is the first to capture Bird’s precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater with collaborators Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and Annie Clark of St.Vincent. – Fever Year

Fans, and those unfamiliar with the musician, will have the opportunity to experience his music in a special way. The documentary, which is filled with Bird’s music, also includes 10 live song performances that span his discography and an intimate look at how his performances come together.

Fever Year screenings:

Friday, March 30 at 4:35 P.M. at Harkins Scottsdale 101, Theatre 9

Saturday, March 31 at 7:25 P.M. at Harkins Scottsdale 101,Theatre 3

Individual tickets for any film at the festival are $12. Click here for a full list of ticketing options.

Bird will also be performing live with Laura Marling on Wednesday, April 18 at Ikeda Theater in Mesa. For more information, visit the event page.


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