The Lumineers to release their new album 'III' as a film - and it's set to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival
The Lumineers have announced that III, their upcomign album will be released as a 'visual exploration' that will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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.
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).
The announcement comes in advance of the two-time GRAMMY nominated band’s release of their new album ‘III’ on September 13 through Dualtone (an Entertainment One Company) in the U.S. and Canada and Decca Records for the rest of the world.
“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.