A movie and its soundtrack can be a beautiful pair, but rarely are they organically grown twins, informing and nourishing each other throughout the creative process. This means that Tim Rutili’s directorial debut, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, is a peculiar animal. The film and album of the same title were developed together and act as companion pieces, each revealing different sides of Rutili’s story about family and freedom, growing up and letting go.
All My Friends Are Funeral Singers premiered at Sundance in 2010 and then moved to the South by Southwest festival with a live performance of the score by Rutili’s band, Califone. Angela Bettis stars as Zel, a psychic living with her phantasmal family, including a troupe of ghostly musicians played by the members of Califone. When Zel’s happy (if bizarre) household is interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious light, the spirits grow mutinous and the fortuneteller must learn to cope with losing the family she thought was eternal.