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Beast Edits Concert Footage for Andrew Bird Documentary

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Jeremy Ylvisaker looks on as Andrew Bird leads soundcheck.
Chicago-based editorial house Beast recently completed work on director Xan Aranda‘s documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year, which is a portrait of an indie musician in today’s music climate and what one has to do to survive. The film made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival earlier this month and its Midwest, Illinois and Chicago premiere took place at the Chicago International Film Festival this past weekend.

Aranda, tapped Beast Chicago editor Angelo Valencia to lead the editorial process for the concert portion of the documentary two years ago. The concert footage was shot on five cameras and 60 tapes during a two-day shoot. “We spent a lot of time loading and organizing the footage in the beginning,” said Valencia. “Once we had broken everything down, there were approximately 36 songs to chose from. Xan selected 17 songs from that list and we later pared it down to 10 songs. We’re all big fans of Andrew’s music and we made our best effort to capture the special moments that are unique to his performances.”

“Angelo Valencia and Beast Chicago showed unwavering support in my relentless desire to do Andrew’s music justice with the best edit possible,” said Aranda. “They hung in there, brought their steady brilliance and signature good humor to this crazy marathon I invited them on. I couldn’t be happier with what we made together.”

“This job was definitely a labor of love from the very beginning,” said Valencia. “It was especially gratifying that our entire Chicago staff (which includes Matt Glover, Lauren Scheuer, Kendall Fash, Morgan Bradley and Matt Sheridan) had a hand in working on this project.”

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