Director Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are) is always keeping busy. Those familiar with the filmmaker know he made his name as an award winning music video director before directing features films, working for the likes of Weezer, Björk, Fatboy Slim and Kanye West. Earlier this year the director announced a collaboration with two of my favourite bands. The first saw the director partner up with LCD Soundsystem to direct the extremely comedic video for the band’s song Drunk Girls. Later Jonze announced he was working with Arcade Fire on a top secret sci-fi b-movie. Jonze told Pitchfork that, “the short film was not to be mistaken with the music video. It’s not a video. It’s a short film; we’re still working on it. It’s like a science-fiction B-movie companion piece for the record. Basically, we played Spike some music from the album and the first images that came to his mind had the same feeling as this idea for a science fiction film I had when I was younger. My brother and I and Spike wrote it together, which was really fun– it was like total amateur hour. We shot it in Austin and a lot of kids are in the film, and it was great just hanging out with these 15-year-olds for a week and writing down all the funny things they said. It was cool to revert to being a 15-year-old for a little while.
Today, months after that announcement, the director has released a new music video for Arcade Fire’s single The Suburbs. Shot on Austin, Texas, not far from Win Butler’s hometown of Houston, the short film chronicles a group of kids biking aimlessly around the suburbs.
Considering this video has but no sci-fi elements to it, we can only assume that this is not the short film Jonze was referring to earlier this year. If I had to guess I would imagine this video does however somehow relate to that project, a project we should expect to see soon.