Dean & Britta Soundtrack Warhol DVD

 

 

Plexifilm and Warhol
Museum releasing
13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests w/
Dean & Britta soundtrack.

By Blurt Staff

 

Plexifilm and The Andy Warhol Museum will release 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for
Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests
, a collection of featuring 13 of Warhol’s “classic
silent film portraits” of pop culture figures shot between 1964 and 1966 at
Warhol’s Factory in NYC. Among the subjects including Nico, Lou Reed, Edie
Sedgwick, Mary Woronov, Billy Name, Dennis Hopper and more. Dean Wareham and
Britta Phillips have created new soundtracks for the films, comprised of
original music and cover songs. (The trailer is embedded at the end of this
post.)

The studio will release two versions of 13 Most Beautiful: a limited-edition of 1,300 in a deluxe gatefold
LP-style package with an exclusive poster and booklet. In addition, one frame
from each of the 13 Screen Tests will be hand-printed as an archival
gelatin-silver photograph in an edition of 100, with one print in each
limited-edition package. Plexifilm is taking pre-orders for the limited edition
($250 a pop) at www.plexifilm.com in
advance of the January 17 street date. The retail edition ($34.99) is due
February 17 and is presented in a hardcover book with slipcover.

 

Bonus features on both editions include a behind-the-scenes documentary and a video
interview with Dean & Britta about Warhol, the music, and the project. The
booklet features brief biographies of each Screen Test subject as well
as liner notes from the Warhol Museum’s Thomas Sokolowski, Geralyn Huxley, and
Ben Harrison. Wareham supplies notes on the music.

 

More details from the press release:

Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot
nearly 500 Screen Tests, beautiful and revealing portraits of hundreds of different individuals, from
the famous to the anonymous, all visitors to his studio, the Factory. Subjects
were captured in stark relief by a strong keylight, and filmed by Warhol with
his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of
film. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute film reels were then screened in slow
motion, resulting in a fascinating collection of four-minute masterpieces that
startle and entrance, mesmerizing in the purest sense of the word.

The 13 Screen Tests included
are Paul America, Susan Bottomly, Ann Buchanan, Freddy Herko, Jane Holzer
(Toothbrush), Dennis Hopper, Billy Name, Nico, Richard Rheem, Lou Reed (Coke),
Edie Sedgwick, Ingrid Superstar and Mary Woronov.

Songwriters Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, formerly of the band Luna and
currently recording as Dean & Britta, created new soundtracks for the 13
films, incorporating original compositions as well as cover songs. The musical
sensibilities of Dean & Britta, as well as their keen interest in cinema
and their experience with scoring films, including Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed
feature
The Squid & the Whale, make them a perfect match for this project.

13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy
Warhol’s Screen Tests
with Dean
& Britta is also being presented by The Andy Warhol Museum as a series of
live multi-media performances. The original project was jointly commissioned by
The Andy Warhol Museum and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh
International Festival of Firsts 2008 and will have its world premiere at The
Byham Theater in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 24th. It will travel to
contemporary arts centers, museums and festivals throughout the U.S. including
the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio on November 20, 2008; Lincoln
Center (American Song Book Series), New York, NY on January 17, 2009;
Vancouver, PuSH Festival, January 30, 2009; Seattle Art Museum on February 6,
2009; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN on February 28, 2009; MCA Chicago on
March 7, 2009; and Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA on March 28, 2009. Additional US
dates and European performances will be announced soon.

 

DVD COVER:

13 MOST BEAUTIFUL… TRAILER:

 

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