RICK ALVERSON

RICK ALVERSON (1971) is a filmmaker and musician from Richmond, Virginia. He has made four feature films in conjunction with the independent label Jagjaguwar. His first, The Builder (2010), is an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America. New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O'leary (The Builder) and Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy), again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. New Jerusalem premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. His third feature, The Comedy, premiering in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is a tale of the perils of entitlement set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The feature was produced by Mike S. Ryan (Meek's Cutoff), Brent Kunkle and Glass Eye Pix and stars Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie) in his first major dramatic role. In 2011, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He also has directed videos for Bonny Prince Billy (New Wonder) and Gregor Samsa (Jeroen Van Aken). Upcoming films include a reconstruction era drama entitled Clement, to be produced in 2012, and Rabbit, both of which continue his collaboration with Colm O'Leary. In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.

Rick Alverson’s ‘New Jerusalem’ in Theaters & iTunes/VOD Now

Following the success of Rick Alverson’s critically acclaimed film, The Comedy, Factory 25 releases New Jerusalem, his movie about an Irish immigrant upon his return from military service in Afghanistan. New Jerusalem opens tonight at Williamsburg’s Videoology and runs until December 6. Tonight’s screening will be followed by a Q&A with star Colm O’Leary and Producer Courtney Bowles, while Alverson joins both O’Leary and Bowles for a Q&A after tomorrow’s screening. Watch a clip of New Jerusalem, starring Will Oldham, above.

In addition to the screenings in New York City, New Jerusalem will also play at Chicago’s Facets Multimedia from December 7 to December 13 and in San Francisco at Roxie Theater on December 21-27. You will find the film available digitally and as VOD on iTunes, Amazon, VuDu, Sony Playstation and Xbox.

Original Soundtrack for “The Comedy” Available Exclusively at iTunes, Film Now Showing via On Demand

The original soundtrack for “The Comedy” is available now exclusively through iTunes! It’s the perfect pairing, taking each listener through the “autumn of the American Era.” Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic, Bill Fay, GAYNGS and Donnie & Joe Emerson are just a few of the awesome artists featured on the soundtrack. You can check out the full track-list below and expect a vinyl release come November 13. Watch a clip from “The Comedy,” featuring an excerpt from William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops, above. Read the rest of this entry »

Factory 25 Acquires the Rights to Rick Alverson’s ‘New Jerusalem’

The worldwide distribution rights to Rick Alverson’s film, New Jerusalem, have been acquired by Factory 25. Starring Will Oldham and Colm O’Leary, New Jerusalem follows an Irish immigrant to America upon his return from military service in Afghanistan. The film will premiere theatrically on Novemeber 30 at Brooklyn’s Videology theater with screenings across the country to follow. In addition to the screenings, New Jerusalem will be available digitally at iTunes, Amazon and Netflix come the premiere date. We can expect a DVD release in the spring of 2013. Watch the trailer above.

New Jerusalem is just one of the three films Rick has created in conjunction with Jagjaguwar. His film, The Comedy, will be distributed by Tribeca and available on demand (iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc.) next week. It hits theaters on November 9. Watch The Comedy trailer HERE. Stay in the know with the film by following its Facebook page.

WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Premieres “Magic Chords” Video, Performs Live at Later with Jools Holland

We’ve got two amazing videos from the lovely Sharon Van Etten! First, it’s the official video for her song “Magic Chords.” Director Rick Alverson, who you know for his film The Comedy, pairs the song with a visual that is both stunningly beautiful and disturbing. Shot in Bloomington, IN last month, the video follows Sharon, dressed as puritan, through the woods and into a lake, all while she is having visions of naked bodies in piles. Watch the video above or at Pitchfork, where it premiered this morning.

Last night, Sharon and her band performed live on the esteemed BBC music program, Later with Jools Holland. They chose to play one of Tramp’s standout tracks, “Serpents,” and did an incredible job. We couldn’t be prouder! Watch above.

Sharon Van Etten continues her tour, returning to the States to join Damien Jurado come the end of October! Full list of shows HERE.

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