In 2005, Assayas was given carte blanche to curate the Art Rock Festival in St. Brieuc, one of France’s most prestigious concert-series (and a forefather of American festivals like Pitchfork’s Basilica Soundscape). So, camera in tow, he enlisted the help of his frequent co-conspirators and friends Sonic Youth, Metric, Afel Bocoum, Lee Ranaldo, Marie Modiano, and more, for an evening of total sonic and visual avant-punk. Assayas filmed and edited the concert like a Woodstock cameraman versed in Brakhage, and contributed several original experimental films for rear projection during Sonic Youth (performing as Mirror/Dash)’s set. Cinefamily presents a rare screening of this tour-de-force experiment in sound and image, previously only released on video in France.

Dir. Olivier Assayas, 2006, Digibeta, 120min.