ODDSAC – Review

Posted January 31, 2010 in
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ODDSAC

Sundance Film Festival

Directed by Danny Perez


Around four years ago, Plexifilm, an independent DVD label and film production company, approached Animal Collective about producing a tour documentary. The band liked the idea of creating a film and immediately hired video artist Danny Perez (Black Dice, Kurt Vile, Blood on the Wall) for the job.

Once the band hit the road with Perez, and after conceptualizing the project over numerous hours while driving in the van, the group concluded that they did not have anything new to contribute the “band documentary” genre. Instead, they countered Pexi with the fresh idea of making a visual album. The project was accepted and ODDSAC was on its way to being born.

ODDSAC runs just under an hour at 53 minutes: a visual EP with 4-6 movements of music synched to complicated video edits. This is the type of film avante garde junkies and Animal Collective fans will want to watch over and over (sober and while on mind-altering substances) because each time, the viewer will find new dimensions unnoticed in the first screening.  Some of the movements in ODDSAC are reminiscent of vintage 60s psychedelic art, using bright colors and white noise to interpret the music. The visual syncing with the soundtrack is spot-on and when seen on the big screen, this footage is hypnotic and trance inducing. Other visual movements in ODDSAC incorporate Perez’s love for old horror movies (particularly the ending sequence) and the film is legitimately scary in some parts.  There are also elements of humor peppered cleverly throughout the segments. Ultimately this film can be an intense, emotional experience for the audience, if viewers let themselves become invested in it. ODDSAC’s combination of audio and visual layers transported me to a vulnerable place in my psyche that left me reeling over my experience with ODDSAC hours later. Just like previous Animal Collective efforts, I cannot wait to get my hands on this visual album so that I may enjoy it again and again.

–Angela H. Brown

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Screening Times:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 8:30 pm - Prospector Square Theatre

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 10:30 pm - Holiday Village Cinemas 1

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 9:30 pm - Holiday Village Cinemas 2

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 6:30 pm - Broadway Centre Cinemas 6