Scenes from the Suburbs
SCENES FROM THE SUBURBS is a short film about a group of kids in a non-descript American suburb, as well as a film accompanying the Arcade Fire album "The Suburbs" (2010) - a half-hour long music video. The main emphasis lies on the kids growing up and changing over the summer, while the growing civil war between neighboring towns is given only bakground attention. The film is written by Jonze in collaboration with the Arcade Fire brothers Win and Will Butler, and features several young, talented and unknown actors.
American director Spike Jonze started out as a music video director, making videos for big names such as Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Björk and Daft Punk. Later, he has directed several short films and documentaries. His three feature films have all been critically acclaimed and nominated for awards – BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) was an Academy Award nominee for Best Director. ADAPTATION (2002) won Chris Cooper an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as winning the Berlin Silver Bear and being nominated for several other awards. Jonze's latest feature film WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (2009), based on the beloved children's book by Maurice Sendak, was nominated for several big awards as well.